Cierra Jackson Was Told Not To Wear Her Natural Hair For This Miss America Pageant But She Did It Anyway

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These days women in the public eye are choosing to wear their natural hair even despite attempts at getting them to do so for fear of public scrutiny. The fact that black women have to be weary of their own naturally growing hair in 2016 is a true testament to level of ignorance in this world we live in.

This past weekend, a new Miss America was crowned during the annual pageant and Miss Cierra Jackson who did not take the over all crown made the news because she chose to wear her natural hair even when people advised her not to.

Cierra won a scholarship of $1000 and was crowned lifestyle and fitness preliminary winner in the swimsuit competion. She styled her own hair for the competition and did not allow her curls to be a hindrance but allowed them to make her stand out.

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This is what she said:

“I’ve had so many people tell me that I shouldn’t wear my hair naturally curly on stage, but there is a purpose behind that vision,” she said during a Ledger-Enquirer interview. “It’s to show people that you can still be successful, you can still be amazingly talented and still reach all of your goals. I think that’s a universal message that anyone can grab on to and hold on to in their lives… I’ve been so blessed that the Miss District of Columbia Board has been so open to allowing me to express myself in that way and embraced me choosing to present myself in an authentic way… I know that it happened this way because God destined it to be this way.”

Jackson continued: “I’ve been so blessed that the Miss District of Columbia Board has been so open to allowing me to express myself in that way and embraced me choosing to present myself in an authentic way. I know that it happened this way because God destined it to be this way.”


Good job Cierra, gone are the days when black girls hide their curls, kudos to you for doing exactly what you wanted!–So proud of you

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Kathy Johnson Jordan

Good for her. You don’t have to have silky straight or synthetic hair to be beautiful. God made us who we are. Beautifully and wonderfully made!

Roxky L. Hamlet

Who tf do these people be thinking they are trying to tell people what to do with their hair. Smfh now we’ve got kids being kicked out of school because their hair is too long and because they can’t peacefully protest black lives matter on their t-shirt we really need to make a change

Kathy Johnson Jordan

Yep what happened to freedom of speech. And they don’t tell the Caucasian women how not to style their hair. Black is beautiful

Ala Mcclure

Yea good she such a beautiful young lady rock on keep holding your head up high

Marie Green

Congratulation beautiful u stood ur ground!!!!!

Lora Cobb Cobb

Why would you want to?