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REIGNING BEAUTY QUEENS: ESSENCE MAGAZINE "THIS IS AMERICA" DIGITAL ISSUE 2019

REIGNING BEAUTY QUEENS: ESSENCE MAGAZINE "THIS IS AMERICA" DIGITAL ISSUE 2019

Credits

Photography: Timothy Smith

Styling: Mecca James Williams

Makeup: Tara Lauren, Jalessa Jaikaran & Billie Gene

Hair: Monaé Everett, Kendall Dorsey & Stephen Hudson

Set Design: JJ Chan

Additional Reporting: Julee Wilson & Jennifer Ford

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MISS TEEN USA, USA & AMERICA

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BRIEF EXCERPT FROM COVER STORY By Michaela Angela Davis:

Welcome to the era when Black Women reign supreme. In May 2018, a lone sister from Los Angeles glided down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Trailing behind her was a 16-foot monarch veil (named after Princess Di) secured to an antique diamond filigree tiara that once belonged to Queen Mary (the one of England, not Hip-Hop Soul). At the end of her runway, Meghan Markle would become a princess of the United Kingdom, bearing the official title Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. Her Black mama bore witness, sporting crinkly shoulder-length locs beneath a chic celery-colored cocktail hat, tipped stylishly to one side. This spring, less than a year after the U.K.’s first Black princess publicly wore her crown, history was made again when a Black opera singer, a Black lawyer and a Black high school student activist were crowned Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, respectively—and two of them had their dazzling bejeweled tiaras placed atop heads of lush natural curls.

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Church Hat: The higher the hat, the closer to God.

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
— KALIEGH GARRIS, MISS TEEN USA
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Kufi: Ancestral Headpieces

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.
— CHESLIE KRYST, MISS USA
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Do-Rag: The simple wrap

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
— NIA FRANKLIN, MISS AMERICA
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MCM: DARK MAN X (DMX) FOR GQ OCTOBER 2019 ISSUE

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