Black women crowned Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA

For the first time ever, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all black women.

Attorney Chelsie Kryst, 28, was crowned Miss USA on May 2, Kaliegh Garris, 18, won Miss Teen USA in April and opera singer Nia Franklin, 25, won the Miss America title in September 2018.

The landmark moment of three black women holding the major pageant titles simultaneously has been heralded as a symbol of how far pageants have come.

Black women were historically prohibited from participating in beauty pageants and in 1968, the first Miss Black America pageant was held in response to the racist exclusion of black women in mainstream pageants.

“Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women,” Kryst said during her acceptance speech.

Two of the winners, Garris and Kryst were crowned while wearing their natural hair, something that generated praise from supporters.