The Universe is ready for Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Japan. In the world that is all things beauty pageants, women of African descent have been making quite the strides in the industry. Outside of African countries, black women are surely making their marks. Some 50 short years ago in the United States, a black woman would not have even gained entry to a national beauty competition as the rules did not allow it. Today, we have seen numerous black women win Miss America and Miss USA . Black or biracial beauty queens have also won in Central and South America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil) Europe (France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, UK, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark) and now Asia.
60 years is so long to wait but in this case late is definitely better than never. Stories like this are so inspiring and leaves one with such hope for our future. But it also makes me want to go back in time and punch some folks in the nose. Joan Williams will finally take her place atop a float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses on New Year’s Day 2015. I am thrilled that Mrs. Williams is alive to receive this honor. Here’s to good things coming full circle.