Cierra Jackson, the only competitor to wear natural hair in this year’s Miss America pageant, won the competition’s swimsuit segment but lost out on the crown in the annual competition.
Regardless, Jackson has broken a barrier regarding long, flowing hair on Miss America competitors.
The Spelman College graduate and author of CC the Military Kid! represented the District of Columbia and noted that before the pageant, she was pressured by some to straighten her hair.
“I’ve had so many people tell me that I shouldn’t wear my hair naturally curly onstage, but there is a purpose behind that vision,” said Jackson. “It’s to show people that you can still be successful; you can still be amazingly talented and still reach all of your goals. I think that’s a universal message that anyone can grab on to and hold on to in their lives.”
NUMBER ONE?! SAY WHAT!!!! Shoutout to God for this one! Never in my WILDEST dreams did I imagine THIS! Shoutout to my AWESOME trainer @johnanthonymorris , my AMAZING swimsuit shoe sponsor @bemadebyb for making shoes for women of color , @arabesqjewelry for making my ONE-OF-A-KIND earrings & @ryniani for doing my makeup FLAWLESSLY! Hair done by yours truly! I'm going to have to tell my unborn kids about this! #Melanin #MissAmerica #DC #MissDC #MySponsorsRock #ReasonsWhyILoveMyTrainer #MissDistrictOfColumbia #Swimsuit #Fitness #Lifestyle #LinkInBio
Kinky hair don’t care. Congrats, Miss Jackson!