[Close-Up] History-Making Black Beauty Queens Shine On ‘ESSENCE’ Digital Cover

ESSENCE X Pageant Queens
Photo Credit: Timothy Smith

Three Black women made history this year winning crowns for the three top beauty pageants: Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. Now they are serving face for ESSENCE’s latest digital cover.

[SEE ALSO: Why It Matters Miss USA, Miss Teen USA & Miss America Are All Black For First Time In History]

Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, and Miss America Nia Franklin set aside their tiaras for the spread to pose it up a series of cultural crowns. From their own kinks and curls and crystalized du-rags to Egyptian- and Diana Ross-inspired headpieces, the ladies show off the power of our crowns.


Click through to get into the spread lensed by Timothy Smith and hairstyling by Monaé Everett (Cheslie), Kendall Dorsey (Kaliegh), and Stephen Hudson (Nia).

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.