For the past two decades, the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant has had one sustaining goal: To provide educational opportunities to young women of color and develop the whole woman - mind, body and spirit. Has the pageant succeeded? The answer is a resounding yes! The best way to tell that story is through the success of the titleholders themselves. Here are just a few of the hundreds of former Miss Black USA contestants and winners who have achieved their dream and given back to the world.
Daphne Lee is former Miss Black USA 2017. She graduated with Honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in dance and was featured in the opening video for the Mrs. Carter World Tour for Beyonce. She is currently a member of the renowned Dance Theater of Harlem.
Valorie Burton is a former Miss Black Texas USA and bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries.
Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade is a former Miss Black USA and Nigerian American actress, host and humanitarian. She won the Miss Black USA Pageant competition in 2010 and founded The Joyful Joy Foundation raising funds and awareness towards the fight against malaria.
Janel Inez is a former Miss Black Maryland USA and native of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She has booked over 60 national commercials. An amazing accomplishment that has made her a familiar face in living rooms around the country. She has appeared in major campaigns with Ellen Degeneres, Jim Harbaugh, and Michael Strahan just to name a few.