Black beauty takes the crown at major beauty pageants

Credit: Photos courtesy of MGN (l-r) Miss World Toni-Ann Singh; Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi; Miss USA Cheslie Kryst; Miss America Nia Franklin and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris

Miss Jamaica World Toni-Ann Singh’s win as Miss World 2019 on Dec. 14 completed a five-pageant sweep by Black women of major beauty contests. Singh’s crowning was especially sweet due to the display of sisterly solidarity by Miss Nigeria, who, when Singh’s name was called, couldn’t contain her excitement and happiness for Singh—a moment that went viral on social media.  

See a beauty pageant recap courtesy of GMA

Prior to Singh, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Dec. 8, joining Cheslie Kryst—Miss USA, Nia Franklin—Miss America, and Kaliegh Garris—Miss Teen USA, as Black women pageant titleholders. Reportedly, it is the first time Black women have held five major beauty pageant titles at the same time.