Pageants have historically been the realm of white, relatively affluent women, but times they are a changing. In an absolutely historic first, three black women have taken the crowns of America's most high-profile pageants, and the black community is celebrating. These competitions marked some highlights for diversity in the pageant scene.

It was only 1984 when Miss America had its first black winner. It took 35 years, but now, for the first time ever, three black women have the crowns of Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. It's a seriously big moment, and one we couldn't be happier to celebrate.

Join us for a dive into the history of black women in the pageant scene and to celebrate the accomplishments of our latest Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. It's time for some #blackgirlmagic, and a big old side helping of black beauty. Does it get any better than that?

In 1984, Vanessa Williams won the Miss America competition.

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Why is this special?

After 57 years of Miss America, she was the first black winner.

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Why did it take so long for a black woman to win?

Well, to start, black women were barred from participating for a full three decades. Yikes.

But on top of that, beauty standards are definitely racialized.

Natural hair is considered unprofessional and unpolished.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Wider noses are considered ugly, beauty products don't always come in darker shades, there are literal products out there to make your skin lighter. Embracing black beauty is not exactly something mainstream media does.

That's what makes it all the more impressive when black women succeed against the odds.

Black girl magic is what that is.

Three years after Vaness Williams came two more trailblazers.

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Carole Gist won Miss USA in 1990 and Janel Bishop won Miss Teen USA in 1991.

But despite the progress they made, the pageants have remained immensely white.

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Vanessa Williams was even forced to resign after someone leaked nude photos of her to Penthouse. Clearly a coincidence that she was the first black winner, though, right?

So seeing more beautiful black women winning these competitions is definitely something to celebrate.

And let me tell you: we have something to celebrate today.

As of this week, Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA are all black.


Let's meet our queens shall we?

These are some truly impressive women.

This is Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA.

Hold onto your hats because this woman is amazing.

She has three different degrees and is an attorney.

Plus she's using that role to reform the justice system. She even does pro bono work for prisoners who were unjustly sentenced.

She isn't afraid to speak her mind.

After being told to wear more skirts she said "Glass ceilings can be broken wearing either a skirt or pants. Don't tell females to wear different clothes while you give the men substantive feedback on their legal arguments." SWOON.

Kaliegh Garris is Miss Teen USA.

One of her biggest battles is wearing her hair naturally curly.

And last, but certainly not least is Miss America, Nia Franklin.

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Her win completed the trifecta and we couldn't have asked for a more amazing winner.

Nia is a classical singer.

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Her talent was singing "Quando m'en vo" from "La Boheme". Yeah, that's right, she sings opera.

She's highly aware of how her race has influenced her life.

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"I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school, and there was only 5% minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,"  she shared.

Music is what helped her feel positive and she shares that with others.

She gives back by working with Sing for Hope, a nonprofit that shows people the power of music.

Unsurprisingly, the internet is in love.

More pictures please!

It's impossible to talk about their wins without marking the historic element.

These are names we won't forget.

Each of them serves as a role model.

Because representation does matter.

Two of the three women won while wearing their hair natural and curly.

These are the kinds of victories that show young girls that it's ok to look the way you do.

But don't let me tell you.

Kaliegh Garris said it best: "I had to stop worrying about where I fit in and have enough strong will within myself to be comfortable with who I am. And that's one of the reasons why I'll always compete with my natural hair."

Even some celebs are celebrating.

Heck yes Hallie Berry!

Others noted just how far we've come.

In less than 100 years black women went from being unable to participate, to holding three crowns. That's amazing.

These winners are helping to expand our concept of beauty.

All bodies are beautiful.

Congratulations to these amazing women!

We are so grateful that you're paving the way.

And for all the girls who will follow in your footsteps...

This one's for you.