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In a pure moment of black excellence, the beautiful women on the cover of Essence Magazine digital issue made history as this is the first time Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America are all Black women.

Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris and Miss America, Nia Imani Franklin

The cover shoot, titled “Culture Crowns,” celebrated 2019′s Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris and Miss America, Nia Imani Franklin. Their wins marked the first time Black women have held all three reigning titles at the same time.

A Black opera singer, a Black lawyer and a Black high school student activist made History after being crowned Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, respectively.

Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019 said: “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.”

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

While Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019 shared, “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.”

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By Sarah Oyedo

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