To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE. pic.twitter.com/hV8L6x6Mhi
— Toni-Ann Singh (@toniannsingh) December 14, 2019
Black women currently hold five of the biggest beauty pageant titles in the United States, and the world. When Miss Jamaica, Toni-Ann Singh, was crowned Miss World in London on Saturday, she joined an impressive roster of black women who hold some of the world’s most prestigious pageant titles: Zozibini Tunzi as Miss Universe, Cheslie Kryst as Miss USA, Kaliegh Garris as Miss Teen USA, and Nia Franklin as Miss America. (Source: Time)
This is significant because the beauty pageant industry has had a troubled past with race, beginning with women of color being banned from in some of the biggest pageants for decades.
Additionally a mere three years ago, the Miss Teen USA winner came under fire after racist tweets written by her were reveal.