According to the Center for American Progress, Black women are starting businesses at six times the national average. Against this national backdrop and with the significant entrepreneurial impact of the 2014 Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina pageant on our contestants (and even amongst event attendees who've since been in touch with our committee), it only makes sense that our 2015 pageant is all about business. This year's business pitch category will be pivotal for the lives of the contestants and the business community here in South Carolina.
Our 2014 grand prize winner, Chanelle Johnson of Manning, is a University of South Carolina Cross College Advisor who was awarded $1,000 to launch her own photography business. Second runner-up India Hill, of Columbia, recently wrapped her day job at a local television news station to pursue a freelance blogging career. Former contestant Jasmine Moore of Columbia officially launched a booming baking business; Tailah Michael of Charleston created an errand service and event planning company; and former contestants Jacquel Taylor and Jahvasha “Jiffy” Johnson are now taking the local modeling scene by storm.
It is our hope that this pioneering pageant continues to provide new, exciting experiences that are just as fun as they are empowering for our contestants as well as the community. Please join us as we continue to uplift the beauty of natural hair and the dreams of women who wear it!
Welcome back to Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina!
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