The Day They Became Ambassadors
The evening of Saturday, July 19th at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth, GA, the Miss Black US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant premiered its first national Pageant. Miss Teen Indiana US Ambassador, Ciara Thompson was crowned Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2014 and Miss Minnesota US Ambassador, Cearah Hamilton was crowned Miss Black US Ambassador 2014. Maurice Johnson, an actor on the popular TV show Devious Maids, and Crystal Neal, recording artist and fitness expert hosted the competition.
Ciara Thompson, Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2014, will be a freshman attending Indiana University in the fall. She has been active in cheerleading, show choir, and biking. Ciara’s platform is centered around improving and changing the lives of others less fortunate or at a disadvantage in life in hopes of providing encouragement and support in their life journey.
Cearah Hamilton, Miss Black US Ambassador 2014, is a sophomore attending Century College. She has a special interest in boxing as she gains and develops both physical and mental toughness through her time in the ring. Cearah’s platform is entitled the Purity Movement. She has actively worked on spreading the message of purity of the mind, body, and soul through her organization and numerous speaking engagements.
The 2014 National Pageant, featured contestants from across the United States and District of Columbia that competed in five categories: Panel Interview, Fitness, Talent, Evening Gown, and On-stage question. The final pageant ended with Whitney Johnson, Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2013 and Jazmine Scroggins, Miss Black US Ambassador 2013 crowning their successors. Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2014 and Miss Black US Ambassador 2014 began their first day of the job on July 20th with their official contract signing and photoshoot with celebrity photographer Derek Blanks. The National titleholders were styled by celebrity stylist & make-up artist, DeMario Ward and hair was styled by Design Essentials.
Design Essentials® launched their Hydrience Collection Strength To Shine empowerment initiative during the MBUSAM pageant, which recognizes and celebrates women who are positive representations in the community. “We want to recognize beauty inside and out, and Miss Black US Ambassador represents the embodiment of service and style,” says ShaMarla Jones, Marketing Coordinator for Design Essentials®. The Design Essentials® Style Team that beautified the contestants consisted of Francesca Adams, Aaron Tracey Whitaker, Ereka Fielding and Stephanie Davenport.
The Final Results:
TEEN First Runner Up: Miss Teen Maryland, Taylor Williams, will assume the duties of Miss Black Teen US Ambassador 2014 if the titleholder for some reason Miss Black Teen US Ambassador cannot fulfill her duties.
MISS First Runner Up: First Runner Up: Miss Oklahoma US Ambassador, Kiana Billups, will assume the duties of Miss Black US Ambassador 2014 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her duties.
TEEN TOP 5:
Ciara Thompson, Miss Black Teen Indiana US Ambassador – WINNER
Taylor Williams, Miss Black Teen Maryland US Ambassador – 1st Runner Up
Caitlyn Kramer, Miss Black Teen Arizona US Ambassador – 2nd Runner Up
J’haria Dallas, Miss Black Georgia US Ambassador – 3rd Runner Up
Rosemarie Miller, Miss Black Mississippi US Ambassador 4th Runner Up
MISS Top 5:
Cearah Hamilton, Miss Black Minnesota US Ambassador – WINNER
Kiana Billups, Miss Black Oklahoma US Ambassador – 1st Runner Up
Britney Janssen – Miss Black Missouri US Ambassador – 2nd Runner Up
Katara Grissom, Miss Black Tennessee US Ambassador - 3rd Runner Up
JaNae Vinson – Miss Black Nebraska US Ambassador – 4th Runner Up
TEEN/MISS PHOTOGENIC Award:
Teen: Mackenzie Millet – TEEN ALABAMA – A special panel selected the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera.
Miss: Elizabeth Caver – Miss Alabama – A special panel selected the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera.
Community Builder Award:
The Community Builder Award is an award voted on by the contestants themselves. This award is given to the state ambassador who reflects the respect and admiration of her peers, and who has been voted as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.
Teen: Deja Kirk – TEEN Oklahoma
Miss: Cearah Hamilton – Minnesota
About the Miss Black US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant:
The Miss Black US Ambassador and Miss Black Teen US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant LLC in collaboration with Dr. Ruth Joyce Colbert Barnes Foundation & The Oklahoma Sovereign Arts Foundation exists to give a once in a lifetime opportunity to young African American women. As Ambassadors of Change, each young woman embarks on the journey to encourage, empower, and enlighten, communities, states, and nations. These young women are a rising voice in the community that seek to make a difference, by providing educational forums and events that focus on health disparities, poverty, violence and major issues plaguing the African American community. They are role models not only to young African American women, but to women around the world. Ambassadors of Change partner with key political figures and national initiatives to bring support to their efforts and platforms.
The Miss Black US Ambassador experience is more than a competition. It’s a scholarship program that gives 365 days of support and resources to communities in need. A platform for today’s savvy, intelligent and socially aware women of color to express their educated viewpoints, demonstrate their extraordinary talents and showcase not just their pretty face, but their gorgeous mind. The crowned national Ambassadors receive scholarship opportunities to further their education.
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