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The New Miss Teen USA Was Crowned Wearing Her Natural Curls
Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Contestants — Miss Pennsylvania USA® & Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA®
Franklin, from New York, won her title in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the first woman also to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit. Garris, from New Haven, Connecticut, won her crown in April, and hopes to become a trauma nurse. I'm looking forward to continued progress in my generation," said Kryst, after accepting her crown. She now advances to the Miss Universe competition. The oldest of the three is the Miss America pageant, which began in but women of color were barred from participating until the s by a rule that said contestants must be of "the white race.
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The Charlotte, NC native is also a former record-setting Division I athlete whose passions include blogging about workplace style at White Collar Glam and volunteering at Dress For Success to supply low-income women with professional attire. Fun fact: Her mom also won Mrs. During Nia's freshman year of undergrad, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After suffering two relapses years later, he received a stem cell donation from Nia and has since been in remission. This turn of events led her to Miss America, the organization revealed.
Black Girls for the win! Black women for the win yet again. Breaking boundaries and redefining the beauty standard! My heart is full! Skip navigation!