Black Girl Magic in 2019: Coincidence or Strategy?

New Age Pageant Queens or a Strategy to Cope with Declining Viewership?

2019 witnessed one of the most historic year for pageantry as winners of the most reputed national and international pageants crowned black women as the winners. This all started in September 2018, when Miss America Organization crowned a black woman from North Carolina named Nia Franklin, marking the beginning of a pioneering 2019 pageant circuit for black ladies. This was later followed by the crowning of Miss Teen USA 2019, Kaliegh Garris who was later joined by Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst. The significance of the Black Girl Reign in the year took over the internet drastically when Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was crowned as Miss Universe 2019 in the first week of December. Very soon, Miss World Organization as well made a vital move when it decided to crown a black woman, Toni Ann Singh from Jamaica as Miss World 2019.

Now this does calls out for a celebration but let us ponder on the question that crowning all black ladies in the prominent national and international pageants is just a coincidence or a strategy to expand the popularity of the pageants worldwide.  It is a universally acknowledged fact that many feminists have often criticized and even questioned the existence of beauty pageants, blaming them to demean and commodify women with respect to their physical appearance. We are currently living in an era where these pageants have time and again moved beyond its accepted notion of beauty and has welcomed women from different ethnicities, gender preferences and culture, however when it comes to the main titleholder, the winner usually is clad in the much accepted standards of beauty and fashion.

Now let us go back to September 2018 when Nia Franklin was crowned as Miss America 2019. Soon after she won the title of Miss America, the social media went crazy appreciating the shifting beauty standards calling Nia a pioneer of new age beauty queens. And this did pioneer a new trend of black women winning many pageants in the days to come. But were those victories merely a coincidence falling in succession or was it a strategically planned move by the respective Organizations to fathom the trending popularity? It is interesting to note the fact that in its 92 editions, Nia Franklin is only the ninth woman to be crowned as a black Miss America, while in its 68 editions Zozibini Tunzi is only the sixth black woman to be crowned as Miss Universe. Pageant after pageant, whenever a black lady won any pageant, the social media went gaga over the change, whereby Miss World was the last pageant to close the season.

Seeing Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey congratulating Zozibini Tunzi, certainly alleviated the already popular Miss Universe pageant in terms of fame. Now coming to the Miss World 2019 pageant, while many people were rooting for India or France for the Miss World crown, Jamaica came in to competition all of a sudden and won it all with her terrific answer. Now we may claim she had the best answer in the final question and answer round, but we have seen many great spokeswomen in the final round who could not win the main title, considering the overall performance in the pageant. Hence, saying it is merely a coincidence would be inane. It could hence be said that Miss World was trying to share the similar popularity at social media which was achieved by its counterpart, Miss Universe Organization a week ago.

Although, pageants have recently sought to put more emphasis on the offstage lives of their contestants, highlighting their accomplishments and charity work instead of only their physical appearances, it is to be pondered that these historic wins come at a time in which the industry is struggling to modernize amid declining viewership. Do you believe the black girl magic of 2019 a coincidence or a strategy to gain worldwide popularity? Do let us know in the comment section!  

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Camille Schrier of Virginia Crowned Miss America 2020

Camille Schrier from Virginia Wins Miss America 2020

Camille Schrier of Virginia was crowned as Miss America 2020 during the 93rd edition of Miss America pageant which took place on December 19, 2019 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. She succeeds Nia Franklin of New York as the new Miss America and becomes fourth titleholder of Miss America from her state, Virginia.

The newly crowned Miss America stated during the introduction round that she plans to get a doctor of pharmacy degree at VCU, in Richmond, Virginia. She has undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and systems biology from Virginia Tech. She will now spend a year advocating for “Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics.”

She won a $50,000 scholarship as the prize of winning Miss America 2020 pageant and said she hoped to “break stereotypes about what it means to be a Miss America in 2020”.

FINAL RESULTS

  • Miss America 2020- Virginia Virginia – Camille Schrier
  • 1st runner-up- Georgia – Victoria Hill
  • 2nd runner-up- Missouri – Simone Esters
  • 3rd runner-up- Oklahoma – Addison Price
  • 4th runner-up- Connecticut – Jillian Duf

Top 7 Finalists:

Alabama – Tiara Pennington
Colorado – Monica Thompson

Top 15 Semi-Finalists:

California – Eileen Kim
Florida – Michaela McLean
Hawaii – Nicole Holbrook
Kansas – Annika Wooton
New Jersey – Jade Glab
New York – Lauren Molella
North Carolina – Alexandra Badgett
Texas – Chandler Foreman

Cara Mund Crowned Miss America 2018: North Dakota Wins First Crown!

Cara Mund from North Dakota Crowned Miss America 2018

Cara Mund from North Dakota was crowned as Miss America 2018 in the 97th edition of the Miss America pageant. Miss America 2018 was held in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10, 2017. She succeeds Savvy Shields from Arkansas as the new titleholder of Miss America. This was the first time when North Dakota claimed the title of Miss America.

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The pageant was hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, who returned to co-host the Miss America pageant for the second year in a row. During the same event, Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis was titled as the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel was adjudged as the second runner up. While, Miss District of Colombia, Briana Kinsey took home the third runner up title Miss Texas, Morgana Wood finished as the fourth runner up.

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Subsequent to winning the crown, the newly crowned Miss America 2018, Cara Mund opined, “Honestly, it was to get to Miss America and make it past the top ten. We’ve only had three girls ever make it this far and so it just proves that it doesn’t matter where you come from geographically, if you have the ability to do it and you dream it, you can do it.”

Miss America 2018: Complete Results

Winners:

  • Miss America 2018- North Dakota – Cara Mund
  • 1st runner-up- Missouri – Jennifer Davis
  • 2nd runner-up- New Jersey – Kaitlyn Schoeffel
  • 3rd runner-up -District of Columbia – Briana Kinsey
  • 4th runner-up- Texas – Margana Wood

Top 7 Finalists:

  • Alabama- Jessica Procter
  • Louisiana- Laryssa Bonacquisti

Top 10 Finalists:

  • Pennsylvania- Katie Schreckengast
  • South Carolina- Suzi Roberts
  • Virginia- Cecili Weber

Top 12 Finalists:

  • Georgia- Alyssa Beasley
  • Tennessee- Caty Davis

Top 15 Semi-Finalists:

  • Miss Tennessee- Caty Davis
  • Miss Virginia- Cecili Weber
  • Miss Pennsylvania- Katie Schreckengast
  • Miss Louisiana- Laryssa Bonacquisti
  • Miss District of Columbia- Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Texas Margana Wood
  • Miss New Mexico- Taylor Rey
  • Miss Alabama- Jessica Procter
  • Miss Missouri- Jennifer Davis
  • Miss Alaska- Angelina Klapperich
  • Miss Georgia- Alyssa Beasley
  • Miss South Carolina- Suzi Roberts
  • Miss New Jersey- Kaitlyn Schoeffel
  • Miss North Dakota- Cara Mund
  • Miss Illinois- Abby Foster

Miss America 2018: Second Preliminary Results!

Minnesota and Louisiana Stars of Second Prelims at Miss America 2018

Miss America 2018 pageant is about to culminate and the stars of the event have started shining brightly already. The competition kicked off on September 7, 2017 wherein delegates all across from fifty states and District of Columbia showcased their talents.

After Texas and Utah won the first preliminary night, in the second preliminary event, Minnesota and Louisiana managed to wow the judges with their charisma.

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Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti won the swimsuit competition while Miss Minnesota, Brianna Drevlow won the talent competition by presenting a classical piano recital. The third night of preliminaries will be held on September 8, 2017 at 7 pm.

Drevlow said she chose the song because it is her mother’s favourite. She also arranged the piece herself on the piano. As the reward for winning the Talent Round, Miss Minnesota, Brianna Drevlow took home $2,000 scholarship after astounding the multitude with her performance of Rhapsody in Blue on the piano. She further added, “I wanted to honor my mother because she is my role model when it comes to being a strong woman,” Drevlow said. “I picked it myself and I arranged it, which is a great use of my master’s degree.”

Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti took home the lifestyle and fitness award during the same event. She said, “It came down to me realizing that I wanted to be healthy for myself. I learned that if I work out every day – even if it’s only for 30 minutes on the treadmill or the elliptical – and everything that I eat is portioned… it’s really looking at food as a nutritional aspect of your life.”

Miss America 2018 will be the 97th edition of the Miss America pageant. It will be held in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10, 2017. During the conclusion of the pageant, Savvy Shields from Arkansas will be passing on her crown to her successor. The pageant would be hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, who would be returning to co-host the Miss America pageant for the second year in a row.

Here are some of the pictures from the second preliminary night.

Credits: Edward Lea (Atlantic Press)

Meet The Contestants of Miss America 2018 Here!

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Miss America 2018: Utah and Texas Win First Preliminary Night!

Utah and Texas Stars of First Preliminary Night at Miss America 2018

Miss America 2018 pageant is about to culminate and the stars of the event have started shining brightly already. The competition kicked off on September 7, 2017 wherein delegates all across from fifty states and District of Columbia showcased their talents.

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On the first preliminary event of Miss America 2018, seventeen candidates presented their charismatic talents before the jury and the audience. The star of the eve was, Miss Utah, JessiKate Riley whose performance of a classical violin arrangement won her the first night’s Talent Award and a $2,000 scholarship.

Subsequent to winning the Talent Award, JessiKate Riley said her talent was years in the making. With her 115 years old violin, which she calls “Sam,” Riley impressed the judges with a classical showpiece, which she learned at the age of 12. She opined, “It’s out of this world to be here. My goal coming into this was to portray my heart through mu music, because that’s my best form of communication, and I guess it worked!”

During the same event, Miss Texas, Margana Wood won the first preliminary night’s Lifestyle and Fitness award. Margana said the hardest part of training was giving up her beloved Diet Coke, she added, “I was honestly so surprised. I had such a fit group, but at the end of the day, it’s about confidence and I’m so glad the judges saw that in me”. Wood also receives a $1,000 scholarship, which she hopes to put towards graduate school.

The preliminary competition also included evening wear and an on-stage interview round, where contestants revealed their chosen platforms.

The preliminary competition was hosted by former Miss New Jersey, Dena Blizzard. The jury included 13 former Miss Americas who came to watch this year’s competition. The second preliminary night is slated to take place on September 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Miss America 2018 will be the 97th edition of the Miss America pageant. It will be held in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10, 2017. During the conclusion of the pageant, Savvy Shields from Arkansas will be passing on her crown to her successor. The pageant would be hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, who would be returning to co-host the Miss America pageant for the second year in a row.

Here are some of the pictures from the first preliminary night.

Credits: Erin Grugan (Atlantic Press)

Miss America 2018: Second Preliminary Competition Results!

Meet The Contestants of Miss America 2018 Here!

Vote For Your Favourite for Miss America 2018!

VOTE NOW: Who Will Win Miss America 2018?

Miss America 2018 will be the 97th edition of the Miss America pageant. It will be held in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10, 2017. During the conclusion of the pageant, Savvy Shields from Arkansas will be passing on her crown to her successor. The pageant would be hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, who would be returning to co-host the Miss America pageant for the second year in a row.

As the grand finale of Miss America 2018 is not so far, let’s play a game where you will act as a judge! The contestant who will receive the highest votes in this poll will be featured as Readers’ Choice Winner at The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry, considering she has won people’s hearts through her enchanting personality, and certainly owns the prowess to shine in the finals of Miss America 2018. So what are you waiting for, just hit the voting button before your favourite contestant and glasscase them before the world as the front runner of the enticing game of crown! So let’s find out who is ruling the hearts of the pageant aficionados.

 

The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry also states that this poll or The Kaleidoscope Of Pageantry itself is no way related to Miss America Organization or the pageant. The poll is entirely for the fun purpose and is solely conducted to know the opinions of fans worldwide following the pageant.

The poll will close on September 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM. Hurry! Make your favourite win!

Utah and Texas Win First Prelim Night at Miss America 2018

Meet The Contestants of Miss America 2018 Here!

Andreia Gibau To Represent USA at Miss Earth 2017

Miss America 2018: Meet The Contestants!

Miss America 2018: Road to Crown!

Miss America 2018 will be the 97th edition of the Miss America pageant. It will be held in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10, 2017. During the conclusion of the pageant, Savvy Shields from Arkansas will be passing on her crown to her successor. The pageant would be hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, who would be returning to co-host the Miss America pageant for the second year in a row.

Miss America 2018 contestants will be judged on the basis of talent performances and interview. The event will be broadcast by ABC in the United States, the first in the network’s newest agreement to carry the pageant until 2019, with Dick Clark Productions producing the ceremony.

 

Who do you think will succeed Savvy Shields as next Miss America?

Picture Credits: Official Account of the Contestants and Miss America Organization

Utah and Texas Win First Prelim Night at Miss America 2018

Vote For Your Favourite for Miss America 2018!

Andreia Gibau To Represent USA at Miss Earth 2017

Savvy Shields is Miss America 2017

Savvy Shields from Arkansas Crowned Miss America 2017

Savvy Shields from Arkansas was crowned Miss America 2017 in the 96th edition of Miss America pageant on September 11, 2016  at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Savvy Shields succeeds Betty Cantrell of Georgia as the new Miss America.

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During the same event, Miss South Carolina, Rachel Wyatt was titled as the first runner up, Miss New York, Camille Sims was adjudged as the second runner up, Miss Washington, Alicia Cooper was announced as the third runner up and Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis was declared as the fourth runner up.

The show was hosted by Sage Steele and Chris Harrison and judged by Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Cole Swindell, Sara Foster and Mark Cuban.

Savvy Shields is not new to pageants and has formerly won Miss Arkansas’s Outstanding Teen in the year 2009. Her platform for Miss America was “Eat Better, Live Better,” a campaign to encourage healthy living. She performed a jazz dance for the talent portion of the contest.

Arkansas now holds three Miss America crowns under the representation of Donna Axum in 1964, Elizabeth Ward in 1982 and Savvy Shields in 2017. Heartiest congratulations to Savvy Shields on this win! 🙂

Picture Credits: Miss America Organization Facebook

 

Miss America 2017 To Have Rio Olympics Gold Medalists in Jury!

Miss America 2017 Jury Panel Will Witness Rio Olympics Gold Medalists

Miss America 2017 is the 96th edition of Miss America pageant and is slated to take place on September 11, 2016  at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the conclusion of the Miss America 2017 pageant, Betty Cantrell from Georgia will pass on her crown to her successor.

While United States of America has managed to walk home with maximum number of medals in the Rio Olympics, the Miss America pageant is welcoming the two dazzling gold medalists of USA, Gabby Douglas and Laura Marano in its jury panel.

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The announcement was made official on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Miss America Official Facebook Page. Gracing the jury panel apart from Olympic gymnast, Gabby Douglas and musician and actress, Laura Marano will be Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Cole Swindell, Sara Foster and Mark Cuban. 

Chris Harrison will return as host of Miss America pageant for his eighth year, alongside Sage Steele, who would be taking the Miss America stage for the very first time.

Miss America 2017 contestants will be judged on the basis of talent performances and interview. The event will be broadcast by ABC in the United States, the first in the network’s newest agreement to carry the pageant until 2019, with Dick Clark Productions producing the ceremony. 52 candidates will be vying to succeed Betty Cantrell of Georgia as next Miss America.

Vote For Your Favourite Miss America 2017 Contestant Right Here!

Meet The Contestants of Miss America 2017 Here!

Meet The Hosts For The Coronation Eve of Miss America 2017

Meet The Coronation Gala Hosts of Miss America 2017 

The 96th edition of Miss America pageant is scheduled to take place on September 11, 2016  at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the conclusion of the Miss America 2017 pageant, Betty Cantrell from Georgia will pass on her crown to her successor.

With about only one month left for the grand finale of Miss America 2017, Miss America Organization announced the hosts of the coronation night of Miss America 2017. This year Chris Harrison will return as host of Miss America pageant for his eighth year, alongside Sage Steele, who would be taking the Miss America stage for the very first time.

TV personality, Chris Harrison is best known for ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. While Sage Steele is an esteemed host and commentator for ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”.

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On his return as host for Miss America pageant, Chris Harrison said, “For 96 years, Miss America has shone light on some of the brightest and most talented young women in the country. This year will surely be a fun-filled night showcasing talent, glamour, fitness, presentation and community achievement as the country’s brightest compete for the crown!”

On the other hand, Sage Steele, who will make the debut as the host for Miss America pageant opined, “There’s always such a high level of drama and competitiveness during the Miss America Competition that rivals many sporting events that I’ve covered. I can’t wait to host alongside Chris Harrison to see what this year brings.”

Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 -- Bristol, CT -- Building #12 -- Sage Steele

On the other hand, gracing the eminent jury panel for Miss America 2017 pageant are none other than, Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Cole Swindell, Sara Foster and Mark Cuban. (More details about the judges here!)

Vote For Your Favourite Miss America 2017 Contestant Right Here!

Meet The Contestants of Miss America 2017 Here!

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