A Black Woman was Crowned Miss Mississippi USA for the First Time

Black Girl Magic for the Win!!! For the first time in the pageant's 67 year history, a Black woman was crown Miss Mississippi. Last month, Asya Branch won the title and will compete in the Miss USA pageant by representing the state in the spring of 2020.

Branch is a native of Booneville, MS and is an alumna of the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as it is known across the country. Her platform was “Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents,” a cause near and dear to her heart. Her dad has been locked up for half of her life and she said, "it was tough, extremely tough...going through school, being judged” She has a goal of empowering all people throughout MS to leave an impact on their lives.

On Instagram, Asya said, "“Last night, a dream came true and history was made as I was crowned the first ever African American Miss Mississippi USA. I’m ecstatic to be representing Mississippi at Miss USA! I’m so grateful for the support system that I’ve had behind me throughout this journey. Friends, family, and sponsors, I will never be able to thank you enough.”

Congrats Asya!!! We know you will represent Black Girl Magic well at the Miss USA pageant.

Image Source: @asyadanielle on Instagram

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