“There she is, Miss America. There she is, your ideal, the dream of a million girls who are more than pretty, can come true in Atlantic City. For she may turn out to be the queen of femininity” boomed the theme song at Miss America’s 1968 pageant. Outside, women were protesting the pageant, citing its misogyny, homophobia, and fatphobia, and also objecting to the Miss America Organization’s documented racism.
In 1983, a 20-year-old Vanessa Williams became the first blackwoman to be crowned Miss America. It was a milestone many decades in the making - Vanessa Williams is the epitome of determination and grace. Vanessa Williams auspiciously paved the way for African American women in the pageant world" - confessed Anitra Byrum, the reigning Ms. Woman New York United States 2018.
As Ms. Woman New York United States Anitra will be a role model of good works, peaceful thinking, community service advocate, and ambassador of goodwill - "It is important that I lead a great example to women, children, and the community as a whole. I will do my very best to be inspirational. One of my favorite scriptures I live by; "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - she explained.
Lets know a little more about Anitra's pageant experience through this interview!