Brianna Mason made history on Saturday night by becoming the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Tennessee in the pageant’s eight-decade history.
Mason, a 23-year-old first grade teacher from Greene County, will now represent the state at the Miss America Scholarship Competition later this year.
She will also receive a $15,000 scholarship, local news outlet WATE reported.
— Andrew Mason (@andrewmason_16) June 30, 2019
It has already been a historic year for beauty pageants.
The reigning victors of the Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titles are all black women for the first time in pageant history.