Las Vegas, NV – This weekend was filled with tears, laughter, and pride as former Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron was crowned Miss America. The 22 year-old broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University stunned America with her brilliant smile and amazing talent on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Her proud parents stood in applause as the young woman excitedly accepted the title. She was given a $50,000 scholarship and has begun her year long journey to represent the organization.
Since its start, only seven other African American women have been crowned Miss America. Vanessa Williams won the first title in 1984. In the past decade, only two other Black women represented the organization, Erika Harold 2003 from Illinois, Ericka Dunlap 2004 from Florida.