Home

Brianna Mason Makes History As The First Black Woman to Win the Title of Miss Tennessee

By Danielle Dorsey

Share

It’s been a history making year for Black beauty queens and Brianna Mason is continuing that trend with her recent naming as Miss Tennessee. This makes her the first Black woman to hold the title in the pageant’s eighty-year history.

It was Mason’s fourth time competing in the state pageant and she was determined to win the pageant for all young Black women, saying, “I’m here to tell you that it does not matter what your skin color is. It does not matter what your religion is. You can do anything that you want.”

The 23-year-old first grade teacher from Nashville won a $15,000 scholarship as part of her title and will go on to compete in the national Miss America pageant later this year. 

Women of color have historically faced discrimination within the beauty pageant system and received far less titles than their competing white counterparts. Vanessa Williams became the first Black woman to win the Miss America pageant in 1983, but relinquished her title after Penthouse published unauthorized nude photos of her. In 1990, Carole Ann-Marie Gist became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss USA and Janel Bishop became the first teen to win the Miss Teen USA contest in 1991.

That makes recent wins like Mason’s all the more important.

For the first time in history, the reigning Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA are all black women!

Share
Travel Noire

Danielle Dorsey

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

15 Of The Most Underrated Travel Destinations Of 2019

15 Of The Most Underrated Travel Destinations Of 2019

2019 was all about travel and exploring places unknown. We saw people living their best lives in Morocco, Colombia, Barbados, Thailand, and France amongst other destinations.  However, some of the most awesome destinations are still under-the-radar and not visited as often.  Here are the underrated destinations of 2019 according to Insider: Whitefish, Montana If you […]

Kelsey Marie

Meet The Woman Behind The Whiskey Brand Honoring The Slave Who Helped Jack Daniels

Meet The Woman Behind The Whiskey Brand Honoring The Slave Who Helped Jack Daniels

The world is finally coming to know the man that is Nathan “Nearest” Green and it’s about time that they did. If you aren’t familiar with who he is, he is the slave who is credited for helping Jack Daniels learn the art of whiskey making. Uncle Nearest, as he was known, is the first […]

DeAnna Taylor

Black Literature-Themed Lounge to Open in Downtown Memphis

Black Literature-Themed Lounge to Open in Downtown Memphis

Cafe Lit is not the turn-up lounge you’d think unless you’re looking to be mentally stimulated and inspired by black art and literature. Enjoy work from the phenomenal Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, W.E.B. Dubois, and other famed black writers. The wall decor and menu draw inspo from music, films, speeches, and other honorable […]

Rachel George