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Black Women Make History Holding All Major Beauty Pageant Titles

Black women make history holding all four major beauty pageant titles. Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi recently won the Miss Universe pageant, while Chelsea Kryst holds the Miss USA title, Nia Franklin is currently Miss America and Kaliegh Garris holds the Miss Teen USA prize.

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi commented on this history making event, telling Good Morning America, “We come from such a racially divided world so for us to be moving forward in unity together to say look, these women that have rarely be celebrated in the past and finally people are starting to see the greatness that is within us, I’m so happy to be a part of this.”

In her closing statement, Tunzi spoke about the beauty standards growing up and how someone with her skin color and ethnic hair type was never considered beautiful. She continued, “I think it’s time that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them their faces reflected in mine.”

The Realist Woman’s take:

Let’s keep it real, this world is hard on black women. But it’s so refreshing to see a good story about us for once. To see that our skin, hair, voice and gifts are finally being accepted in this world is everything. For so long, our skin was too dark, our hair too ethnic and our bodies too much everything. And if we are going to be honest with ourselves, we still face issues in the workplace and in school regarding our look. 

But to live in a time where little by little, we are, as a society, disregarding the belief that there is only one standard of beauty is long overdue. Inclusivity is everything and when black women are given a chance at amazing opportunities, we take those opportunities and run with them. It’s about time the world sees in us what we’ve always known about ourselves.

Congratulations to these women who are all, by the way, educated and involved or has founded a philanthropic organization.