Black Beauty Queens

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  • Leila Lopes, 2011, Miss Universe
  • Vanessa Williams, 1984, Miss America
  • Janelle Commissiong, 1977, Miss Universe
  • Suzette Charles, 1984, Miss America
  • Halle Berry
  • Carole Anne-Marie Gist, 1990, Miss USA
  • Debbye Turner, 1990, Miss America
  • Marjorie Vincent, 1991, Miss America
  • Kenya Moore, 1993, Miss USA
  • Kimberly Aiken, 1994, Miss America
  • Wendy Fitzwilliam, 1998, Miss Universe
  • Mpule Kwelagobe, 1999, Miss Universe
  • Lynnette Cole, 2000, Miss USA
  • Shauntay Hinton, 2002, Miss USA
  • Erika Harold, 2003, Miss America
  • Ericka Dunlap, 2004, Miss America
  • Crystle Stewart, 2008, Miss USA
  • Caressa Cameron, 2010, Miss America

Leila Lopes, 2011, Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes of Angola, handed over her crown to Olivia Culpo of USA, the winner of Miss Universe 2012. Only four Black women have been crowned Miss Universe and Lopes was the fourth. See other photos of the beautiful women who added color to the world of pageants.

(Photo: AP Photo/Andre Penner) 

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