After three days in Louisville winners are announced
(Louisville, KY) Tonight, at the Louisville Memorial Auditorium in Louisville, KY. For the first time in more than ten years, a woman was crowned Miss Black Kentucky USA. Miss Ariel Thompson was crowned in front of some 250 friends, families and newfound fans.
Each division crowned a representative who will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the next calendar year and will head to the national pageant.
Here’s this year’s winners:
Teen division winner is Miss Nia Franklin of Louisville, KY
Miss division winner Miss Ariel Thompson of Louisville, KY
Ms. division winner is Ms. Dominique Joy Thompson of Louisville, KY (Hometown Chicago, Il)
Just minutes after her win, Thompson says “It is amazing! To finally win something. I always get second and/or third but to win it feels surreal.”
Dr. Ashley Anderson says “It was truly a night to remember. To hear the audience cheering for the young ladies brought tears to my eyes. These ladies have worked hard and will represent this pageant in a grand way, and I’m so honored to have played a part in their journey.”
This evening, thousands of dollars of scholarship money was awarded along with Miss Congeniality, Volunteer and People’s Choice Awards.
The birth of the Miss Black Kentucky USA franchise is one that will have an impact on young women of Kentucky for generations to come. Beyond the scholarships that will be awarded in Miss, Ms., and Teen divisions, the life skills programming will be sure to elevate the minds and lives of all participants. It will groom leaders, shed light on issues of concern in the community, and meaningfully fund the educational pursuits of Black women in Kentucky. It is my intent that this program becomes the largest scholarship funding source for young women of color across Kentucky.
Stay tuned for details of the pageant Miss Ariel Thompson will attend plus how you can be a part of Miss Black Kentucky USA 2023.
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Photo courtesy: Terrence Humphrey