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Curls and Crowns: Miss Teen USA 2019 Wins The Crown In Her Natural Curls


Issa another win for the naturalistas! On Sunday night, Kaliegh Garris, was crowned Miss Teen USA . Her tiara was placed on top of naturally, thick curls. Garris is the first Miss Teen USA to wear her natural, textured hair since 1999 winner, Ashley Coleman.

The 18-year-old Connecticut teen told Refinery 29 that she was advised to straighten her hair or get extensions. Instead Garris went against her naysayers and sent the night before the pageant finger curling every piece of her hair in the shower.

“I know what I look like with straight hair, with extensions, and with my curly hair, and I feel more confident and comfortable with my natural hair.”

Credit: Instagram @kalieghgarris

Rocking her natural fro has proven to be a good luck charm for the melanin beauty queen and competed in several stages of the regional and national Miss USA pageants with it.

Garris previously won  Miss Connecticut Teen USA in January and attends
*two* high schools: the Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford, Connecticut, and the Educational Center for the Arts, where she specializes in theater, according to the Miss Universe Organization website. She is also a competitive dancer and the founder of We Are People 1st initiative, which honors her older sister Chauntel, who has multiple disabilities.

On her spare time, Garris volunteers at Yale New Haven Hospital. She is expected to enroll in Southern Connecticut State University’s nursing program and become a trauma nurse.