Seven women from all over the state participated in the competition – dancing, exhibiting their personal fitness, singing and answering tough questions during their interviews. The atmosphere of the event was quite intense but the host, Lina De Florias – Anchor/Reporter for 3TV and CBS5, kept the crowd entertained with her wit, humor and beauty throughout the ceremony.
After all was said and done, the diminutive Nalini Jones stood tallest among them all.
Upon hearing her name called as the winner of the Miss Black Arizona USA pageant, Jones gave all of the glory to God.
“Honestly, I couldn’t do anything but look up and thank God,” Jones stated. “Without him I wouldn’t be here. I’m just so thankful for this opportunity.”
The Miss Black Arizona USA Pageant celebrates scholastic achievement and believes that education is the key to lifelong success and empowerment. The Miss Black Arizona USA Pageant promotes education and leadership by providing scholarship opportunities to its winners.
As winner of the pageant, Jones receives a prize package valued at $3500, along with an education scholarship. She also looks forward to competing for the national title of Miss Black USA in Washington, D.C. in August 2017 and bringing more awareness to her civic platform – The Be Kind People Project.
Jones, who was born in St. Louis but has lived in Tempe for the last three years, was not the only titleholder of the evening.
Jasmine Marshall was introduced as Miss Black Talented Teen Black Arizona USA. The directors of the pageant appointed Marshall as the winner of the teen division due to her impressive talents and a lack of challengers. The 13-year-old put her angelic singing ability on full display as she performed the National Anthem and the song, “One Wing,” during the Grand Finale of the pageant.
Marshall will also be vying for the national title of Miss Talented Teen Black USA in Washington D.C. in August 2017.
“I’m really excited about what lies ahead,” said Marshall. “I’ll be practicing and doing a lot of events in preparation for Washington, D.C.”
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