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2015 miss naturally crowned carolina Winners Announced!

We proudly present our 2015 Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina (and Viewer's Choice/Miss Myavana winner) Tra'Shon Howard of Columbia, South Carolina! Tra'Shon is the grand prize winner of a $1,000 investment in her start-up business TLH Creative Outlets, where she designs apparel to empower and ignite confidence in young women. 

This gorgeous queen and her golden locs dazzled the audience the entire night! From her graceful dance moves, flawlessly executed business pitch, and regal poise for formal wear, Tra'Shon's transparency, shining personality, and humility took her to the top. We are beyond honored and excited for an eventful year under her reign! Click below to read Tra'Shon's bio and to see more of her in action from pageant night.

 

LATEST NEWS! Naturally Crowned: The Growing Business of Natural Hair Pageants

CO-FOUNDERS MAUREEN OCHOLA (L) & JESSICA BOYD (R)

CO-FOUNDERS MAUREEN OCHOLA (L) & JESSICA BOYD (R)

BY CHANEL MARTIN FOR BLACK ENTERPRISE | POSTED 03/13/15

What do women of color, business, and beauty pageants have in common? To some, the answer may be very little. However, you may get a very different answer from the co-founders of Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina, touted as Columbia, S.C.’s first natural hair beauty pageant.

Best friends of almost 15 years and business partners for two, Jessica Boyd and Maureen Ochola were just 26 when they brought the natural hair pageant concept to the capital city last year. In April 2014, after just 4 months of planning, the inaugural Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina pageant sold out a 220 seat venue –particularly rare for natural hair events in Columbia—and raised more than $5,000 to award scholarships, startup funding, natural hair products, and other prizes to peer naturalistas ages 19-26. With a whopping $0 advertising budget and an intense grassroots and social media marketing campaign, the duo also caught the eye of major sponsors and natural hair media, including Columbia’s Paul Mitchell the School, Techturized Inc.Coco CurlsKoils by Nature, and NaturallyCurly.com.

 

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