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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 09, 2019.

Royalty in Our DNA: A New Crop of Magazine Covers Make Us Majestic

Royalty in Our DNA: A New Crop of Magazine Covers Make Us Majestic

A pair of ruffed pages; three queens; a member of modeling royalty...as the October and November magazine covers made their debut, we were delighted to see blackness front, center and regal, as we should be. Vogue placed Jaden and Willow Smith and supermodel Jourdan Dunn atop its Italian and British covers, respectively, while Essence paid homage to the history-making moment of all three of...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai May 02, 2019. 5 comments

She's a Natural: Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris Won the Crown In Curls

She's a Natural: Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris Won the Crown In Curls

The newly-minted Miss Teen USA Kaleigh Garris gives “crown” a new name. When the 18-year-old Connecticut teen won the title on Sunday, the tiara was placed atop her halo of naturally-textured hair. As Garris told Refinery29 in an exclusive interview published Tuesday, it was a choice that garnered “a few naysayers” who advised straightening and extensions, but may ultimately have...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 31, 2018. 8 comments

Making Miss Black America: As the Pageant Turns 50, an Early Contestant Looks Back

Making Miss Black America: As the Pageant Turns 50, an Early Contestant Looks Back

When Oprah Winfrey represented her home state of Tennessee in the Miss Black America pageant in 1971, she was part of a pioneering group of young women daring to define beauty on their own terms. In fact, the pageant, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was launched in protest of the Miss America pageant, which until 1950 mandated that its contestants “must be of good...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 19, 2018. 3 comments

Beauty Beats Brexit: Heptathlete Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers Is the 1st Black Miss Universe Great Britain

Beauty Beats Brexit: Heptathlete Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers Is the 1st Black Miss Universe Great Britain

Here’s what you call a game-changer: For the first time in its 66-year history, Miss Universe Great Britain—the qualifying pageant for the Miss Universe competition—gave the crown to a black woman.

But the history-making honor didn’t go to your average pageant queen; winner Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers is a heptathlete with a head full of gorgeous locs, making her not only the first black woman to...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jun 15, 2018. 11 comments

Sink or Swim? A Former Miss America Contestant Weighs In on the End of the Swimsuit Competition

Sink or Swim? A Former Miss America Contestant Weighs In on the End of the Swimsuit Competition

When we heard the announcement last Tuesday that, after years of criticism, the Miss America Organization had decided to abandon its controversial swimsuit competition, we wondered if it might be a case of “too little, too late” in the pageant’s attempt to appeal to a new era of feminism.

“We are no longer a pageant,” said former Miss America Gretchen Carlson, new chairwoman of the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Apr 29, 2018. 6 comments

This Black Miss Utah State University Contestant Got Real About Microaggressions—and Won

This Black Miss Utah State University Contestant Got Real About Microaggressions—and Won

Utah State University junior Alexis Cooper knew that performing her spoken-word poem for the crowd at the Miss USU pageant was a risk. She had considered a more traditional performance for the talent portion of the competition—dancing, or playing the viola or piano. Still, Cooper wanted to make a statement at last week’s competition, for which the theme was “There’s More to Me.”

“That just...

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