Founded in 2021 by Letricia Loftin, the Little Miss Black USofA pageant was built on three principles: promoting, honoring, and celebrating our black children. As an up-and-coming pageant system for black girls, their goal is to mold adolescents into professional young women who will learn the importance of self-realization.
“Once we have mastered the skill of selling ourselves, the world is our oyster,” says Letricia Loftin. When she began conceptualizing the moving parts for Little Miss Black USofA, Letricia had just lost her youngest daughter. In her honor, she decided to scale her previous state pageants and expand her outreach to little black girls across the nation. Letricia is the reigning Mid-Atlantic World’s Perfect Classic Woman, a pageant judge, coach, director, and her favorite – pageant mom. “I am beyond sold on pageantry, recognizing that we have to sell ourselves our entire lives – from interviews for submission to daycare to competing for part-time jobs, internships, scholarships, and careers, to even landing clients and investors,” remarks Letricia.
February 2022 was the inaugural pageant for Little Miss Black USofA, bringing together girls from Georgia to New Jersey, ages 2 to 12. In celebration of Black History Month, the pageant was held in Annapolis, Maryland at Banneker-Douglass Museum -the state’s official museum of African-American heritage. The National winners included Jurnee Alvarez (Princess division; far right), Allison Long-Hudley (JR division; far left), and Braylin Booker (Lil Miss division; center left) who will all participate in New York Fashion Week fall 2022 in celebration of their national reign.
Sheen would like to send love & light to all participants and conquerors, and may your light continue to shine bright!
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