Nicole Kelly has all the qualifications you’d expect a beauty queen to exhibit – a sincere disposition, an ambitious attitude, a friendly personality – but Kelly breaks the mold when it comes to her physical appearance.

Read on and learn more about this remarkable 23-year-old.

a brief history of racism and beauty pageants

since their inception, modern beauty pageants have had a storied history dealing with race and the contests.

atlantic city’s inter-city beauty contest” — now known as “miss america” — didn’t allow black women to participate for years after it first started in 1921.

during the 1950s, beauty pageants were also used to promote segregation in the jim crow south.

miss america and other pageants were used as a public relations tool to amp up white resistance against the supreme court’s brown v. board of education decision in 1954.

black women were prohibited from competing in miss america until 1970 when cheryl brown, or miss iowa, became the first african-american to compete.

it wasn’t until 1984 when the first black woman — vanessa williams from new york — won the contest in 1983.

unlike hay, williams was stripped of her title when penthouse, a men’s magazine, released nude photos of her without her consent.

it wasn’t until sept. 13, 2015, more than 30 years later, that miss america apologized for stripping williams of her crown.

also in 1983, deneen graham, a ballet dancer, returned home to find a burning cross on her lawn after being crowned miss north carolina. she was the first black woman to claim that title.

this doesn’t even address the general the ingrained racial bias in pageants

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30 Days of Flight - Day 26 | WICKED the Musical

We love that Miss Iowa Nicole Kelly is one of our biggest fans. And she knows what it’s like to be “green,” having overcome her own physical disability and inspiring others to do the same.

We’re thrilled by her support of the show, so we’ve given her a one-of-a-kind experience - being transformed into the green girl herself by our Broadway makeup artist. Miss Iowa is no stranger to “prettifying” makeup, but it turns out that she’s never felt more beautiful than when we turned her green. 



So, since Wednesday, my friend Natalie Dominguez from Bolingbrook, Illinois has been missing and we have no contact with her ever since.

Now, they are saying that she might be with a Chemistry teacher from Bolingbrook High School.

Please reblog this. We have been so worried and her family has been worried sick and please contact those numbers or the Bolingbrook Police Department if you have seen her car or herself.

Keep her in your prayers please.

You guys, I really need your help. I don’t have that many followers so if you could reblog to get this out there that would be great. My friend has been missing for a few weeks and her parents and friends are very concerned. Her name is Aravis, we live in Iowa. She wrote a note to her mom while she was at work saying she was going to stay at her dads for a week. When her mom contacted the dad he said he hasn’t heard from her. Yesterday someone said they may have saw her and a tall guy with back packs (like they are hitch hiking). She was spotted in Cedar Rapids, IA. Please share to find my friend. We love her to death and we want to know what’s going on. Please boost this in case some of your followers are from Iowa or she gets out of the state. For more information look her up on Facebook. Her mom is running her account and keeping updates. Please and thank you.


UPDATE: Cassie has been found. Thank you so much for all of the signal boosts, everyone!

Hey, Tumblr! A lot of you might have noticed our previous post, but I just wanted to make another with all the information we have in the first post.

But we’re still on the lookout for Cassie Simkins, a 16 year old girl (and my stepsister) who went missing from home in Rockwell City, Iowa in the early hours of August 30th. These are some of the most recent pictures we have of her:

If the name on the images throws you off, it’s because she had been using a secret Facebook profile to contact her friends. I assure you guys that this story is very real. The man we believe she’s with, Chance Kinney, is a 20 year old male, who I’ve heard has stolen a gun from someone’s home and possibly robbed a convenience store before. So please be careful around him! He most noticeably has some tattoos around his face, so he should be fairly easy to spot.

In addition to being with someone potentially dangerous, Cassie is also epileptic and does not have her medication with her, with puts her into a further hazardous situation. There were reports that two people that matched the descriptions of Cassie and Chance were spotted hitchiking east of Carrol, Iowa, and were spotted by vendors in Dayton, Iowa later on August 30th, but since then, there hasn’t been any word of their location. Police attempted to ping their phones, but were unable to come up with a location, as the phones had been likely disposed of.

My family has been having a rough time (especially my stepdad) since her disappearance, so any leads on their location and even just signal boosting (even if you’re not in the Iowa area, as there’s a chance they may have gone out of state) is greatly appreciated by everyone in the family. If anyone knows anything, please call the Rockwell City Police Department at 712-297-7583.

Thank you so much for all of the support, and either me or my sister (misscaiwin on tumblr) will definitely keep you guys posted on any updates and our family also has a page set up on Facebook which should be updated if we find out anything new too.


Carlyn Bradarich. Miss Iowa

What to say, what to say. I love this dress. It’s top heavy for the eyes but only so as to draw attention to her face and from the chest down its simple just a dress. Nothing fancy.No piece of fabric to twirl around, no long train, just a simple, elegant, black dress. And because of that, this dress happily hugs Miss Iowa in all the right places. Of all the evening gowns, this dress has got to be my favorite. It’s simply just stunning, and the reason why, I believe, Miss Iowa was saved and picked to be in the top 6. Way to go Miss Iowa

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