The Pageant Circuit Just Hit The Black Girl Magic Rizos Trifecta And I Am Sparkled
Three of the United States most watched beauty pageants just made the events a whole lot more colorful.
This week 28-year-old Charlotte, N.C. based attorney Cheslie Kryst was awarded the crown for Miss USA.
Her win came following pageant victories of three other Black women, Kaleigh Garris for Miss Teen USA and Nia Imani Franklin for Miss America. It’s another big Black moment in pageant history that will see Kryst in a crow and off to represent our country in the Miss Universe pageant.
Kaleigh Garris, the winner of the Miss Teen USA title, wowed audiences earlier this week when she made her win while wearing her crown of natural curls.
“The night before, I finger curled every single piece of my hair in the shower, which led to a very long shower, but it was for the greater good,” Garris told Refinery29 in an interview. “I know what I look like with straight hair, with extensions, and with my curly hair, and I feel more confident and comfortable with my natural hair.”
Now, none of the women who won the pageants are Latino but its IMPERATIVE for our community that we receive this type of representation.
Black Latinos make up a significant aspect of the Latin American community but are so rarely represented and it’s imperative that Latinas with African roots be allowed to celebrate in these exciting Black moments!
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