Attention young ladies and even younger ladies between the ages of 13 – 18 and 17 – 27. The Miss Black Tennessee USA pageant organization invites you to enter the Miss Black Tennessee USA 2013 and the Miss Black Tennessee Talented Teen USA 2013, contests that will take place in Chattanooga December 2012. In addition to providing scholarships to the winners, the pageants offer young ladies of color opportunities that will help mold, shape and build their inner and outer beauty for a lifetime. Miss Black USA pageant was founded in 1986 to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young African-American women. To date, the pageant has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships. More than 80 percent of the contestants are enrolled in graduate or professional schools, while previous winners are now some of the most successful women in all professions throughout the world.
Lorean Mays is the new Executive Director of the Miss Black Tennessee USA & Miss Black Tennessee Talented Teen USA Pageants. Ms. Mays was the first African-American woman to be a three-time representative of the state of Tennessee. She is the former Miss Black Tennessee USA 2005-2006, Miss Tennessee National USA 2008 and Miss Tennessee Essence 2009.
Lorean C. Mays, Miss Black Tennessee USA Executive Director
The search is on and applications are NOW being accepted for both pageants. Contact Lorean Mays for an application at firstname.lastname@example.org The state of Tennessee has been blessed with a bouquet of beautiful young ladies throughout the state. Three of those talented beauties are current title holders within the Miss Black USA Pageant organization. Gabrielle Mary Lewis – Miss Black Memphis USA 2013; Ariel Smith – Miss Black Nashville USA 2013 and Natalie Newbill – Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012, are exceptional representatives of their titles. Get to know them up close and personal:
Miss Black Memphis USA 2013: The Memphis, TN beauty is currently a broadcast/Communications senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She completed a yearly National Student Exchange program at the Edward R. Murrow, College of Communication of Washington State University, where she was an anchor and reporter for the nightly televised, Cable 8 News. She completed a radio production internship at the Nashville’s Big Station, 92Q. Ms. Lewis was a former full-figured model for the 51st Annual Ebony Fashion Fair Traveling Runway Show, where she appeared in spreads of Jet and Ebony Magazine. The multi-talented beauty has an interest in furthering her career in the area of broadcast communications. Ms. Lewis reflects on what holding the title of Miss Black Memphis USA 2013 means to her. “The glitz, the glamour, the fabulous clothes, and the attention are a lot of fun. But I was very happy to have other young ladies tell me that seeing me wear the crown was an inspiration to them. I was really inspired by our state pageant director Lorean Mays. I’ve gained so much confidence in myself. Having this strong confidence will help me throughout the rest of my life and career.”
Miss Black Nashville USA 2013: A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Ariel Smith is a graduate of Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, TN. She is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education. Her last year of school was spent in the classrooms working with children in Kindergarten and Second Grade. In the fall 2011, Smith became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She has worked with young girls in after school programs teaching hip hop dance classes, and has given free tutoring to inner city children throughout her years at school. Ms. Smith will achieve her goal of further working with inner city children this fall, when she will be a first year kindergarten teacher at J.C. Napier Elementary School here in Nashville. Between preparing her new classroom and making public appearances as Miss Black Nashville USA, the lovely young teacher encourages other young ladies to enter the upcoming pageants in their respective cities throughout the state. She says, “I would like to tell any young lady who’s considering entering to go for it. God will open up some amazing doors for you! Having the title of Miss Black Nashville gave me the opportunity to still be involved with my community, but the entire state of Tennessee. It’s been an amazing opportunity.”
Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012: Even before she could walk, Natalie was on stage appearing in pageants, where she often outshined her competition. The Belmont University nursing student is a native of Milan, TN. In addition to her very busy campus activities, she volunteers at the “Martha O’Bryan Center,” where she tutors at risk kindergarten students in reading and math. After graduation Natalie plans on entering midwifery school becoming a professional midwife. She says, “I want to make childbirth for expectant mothers even more special by making it a safe and natural experience.” The multi-talented young student offers this advice to perspective pageant hopefuls. “I would like to encourage other young ladies to please enter. Once they enter they should not only focus on their outside beauty but also make sure that inner beauty is even stronger. Having a strong inner beauty will help them be more genuine because as we all know, in time that outside beauty will fade.”
Get further information at: (http://www.missblacktennesseeusa.org)