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Despite a long history of segregation and racism, America’s top pageants have broken racial barriers in recent decades. Vanessa Williams became the first black woman to win the Miss America title in 1984. Carole Gist won Miss USA in 1990. Janel Bishop won Miss Teen USA in 1991.

Each competition has had multiple black winners since.

Last week, for the first time, black women wore the crowns of all three major pageants simultaneously.

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Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019; Cheslie Kryst, 2019 Miss USA; and Kaliegh Garris, 2019 Miss Teen USA. CreditCreditNoah K. Murray/Associated Press; Jason Bean, via The Reno Gazette-Journal; Miss Teen USA

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