For those who missed it, Miss New York, Nia Imani Wilson, was crowned Miss America 2019 on Sunday. It should be no surprise why this is a big deal for us here at DDS, I mean look at her! To put it bluntly, Wilson has a combination of features that are rarely celebrated on black American women simultaneously – dark skin, a broad nose and a thin figure.
This is almost a repeat of Deshauna Barber, another dark skinned black woman, that won Miss USA in 2016. The one thing that was missing on both of these ladies at the time they were crowned in my opinion, is natural hair. But you know… baby steps.
The point is, both Franklin and Barber arguably have the facial phenotype of the average black American woman and they are being showcased as the epitome of beauty, femininity, intelligence and class. A beauty queen is far cry from the typical slave, warrior, jezebel, mammy and masculine archetypes that are generally designated for dark skinned black American women.