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Brianna Mason On Her Historic Miss Tennessee Win: “Representation Is So Important”

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Brianna Mason On Her Historic Miss Tennessee Win: “Representation Is So Important”


When Brianna Mason, a 23-year-old Nashville native and Murfreesboro grade-school teacher, was crowned Miss Tennessee on Saturday night, she became the first Black woman in the statewide pageant’s 80-year history to own the title. It was a history-making moment to be sure, and this wasn’t the first time she competed for the title. “I’ve attempted to win this competition four times,” she told Refinery29 in an interview. “The amazing career and scholarship opportunities gave me the drive to keep trying.” In the end, her perseverance led her to the crown and a place in the Tennessee history books.

Mason’s history-making win is one of many “firsts” in the pageant world this year. For the first time, the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America are all Black women. The  …

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