This Is America

Captured at Jack Studios Essence Magazine features how for the first time in history, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all black women.

“My title and my crown mean a chance to be inclusive. It gives me the opportunity to represent a group that has not always been represented in this country.” -Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019

“Pageants weren’t always welcoming to women of color. It took decades of persistence and courageous women showing the world a new kind of beauty.” – Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019

“Holding this title has made a difference in my life and the life of those around me, not only because I am a women of color but also because I am biracial.” -Kaliegh Garris, Miss Teen USA 2019

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