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This is worth celebrating! Kaleigh who is a student at Joseph A. What made this moment even more special was that on top of Kaleigh winning and beating her runner-up Kaitlyn Vogel who was representing North Dakota, she was crowned while wearing her natural coils.
A graduating senior at both Joseph A. This is only the beginning. The year-old made headlines after winning the title of Miss Teen USA last month — and not just because of her strong answer to a question about why women are less motivated by money.
I felt seen. Seems like America is ready, after all. So, of course, the excitement on social media following Garris' historic win was almost palpable.
When the year-old Connecticut teen won the title on Sunday, the tiara was placed atop her halo of naturally-textured hair. The young beauty queen, who is a competitive dancer and theater major, is the first Miss Teen USA since winner Ashley Coleman to forgo the blowout in favor of her natural texture. As Refinery29 notes, more recently, Miss USA Deshauana Barber made headlines when she chose to wear her natural hair during her final walk—a choice that reportedly sparked considerable backlash, along with her darker skin tone.
The year-old Connecticut native says she feels "more confident" rocking her natural hair. The year-old Connecticut native showed off her natural curls as she tearfully accepted the crown. Garris, who took home the title for Miss Connecticut Teen USA in January, held hands and swapped encouraging smiles with Vogel as they waited for the winner to be announced.
Make an impact on your community as a contestant at the most empowering GirlBoss event in Connecticut! Acacia Courtney is a 26 year old graduate of Fordham University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Theology. She currently works as an on-air analyst and reporter in the world of horse racing, covering the biggest events in the country, and the world, for networks such as Fox Sports and MSG Network.
Fifty one contestants battled it out in the preliminaries from where fifteen moved forward in the competition. After careful analysis and listening to the Top 5 contestants, the judges formed their decision and we could not be any happier. The teen beauties not only proved that they had the beauty but also showed their intelligence, awareness and empathy through their answers. So, without further ado, here is the question and answer round highlight of the competition —.
Though the amazing television productions this pageant had when it was telecast live are long gone, Miss Teen USA remains alive, with a dynamic show, and live streaming. When she's not in the classroom, the year-old enjoys performing on stage as a competitive dancer. The New Haven native is passionate about her personal movement, "We Are People 1st," which she started in honor of her older sister who has multiple disabilities.
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.