Transcript for Historic black girl magic as 4 black women hold titles of 4 major pageants
We are going to turn to our "Gma" cover story now and that historic first for the first time ever. Four black women have been crowned winners of the world's biggest beauty pageants and deserves a rouge round of applause. Miss universe groining miss America, miss usa and miss teen usa and miss linsey Davis is back with their inspiring story. Good morning again. This is a far cry from when you look back to 1968 when there was a protest outside of miss America because from the pageant's inception they had never had so much of even a black finalist. Fast forward to 2019 and the fab four, they are making history. Queens proving that representation matters. Zozi tunzi's crowning moment as winner of miss universe wasn't just a personal victory. It was history making. In 2019, four of the major beauty pageants simultaneously awarded the top prize to a black woman. Well, congratulations, first of all. For the first time in the U.S. All four talking about miss America, miss usa, miss teen usa and miss universe all black everything. Yeah. How does it feel to be a part of this history-making moment? It feels amazing. I think it's such a great move forward as the world and as a society to say, look, women who were in the past never had opportunities to do things like this are now here. I think there are times where I am disappointed because people will sometimes comment on social media and say, why are we talking about your race, like you guys are just four amazing like, yes, we're four amazing women but there was a time when we literally could not win. Reporter: In fact, for decades this moment wasn't even possible. For its first 30 years black women were not allowed to compete in the miss America pageant. For young black girls at what point and what will it take for them to feel and identify their skin and their hair as you mentioned in your speech as beautiful? I mean for my messages I don't know what messages you guys have been receiving but just from mothers who say, my 4-year-old daughter was so excited to see you on stage and she kept on screaming, you look like me. She looks like me and I think it is breaking those boundary. Curious if you ever had any pressure to wear artificial hair or straighten your hair. So I wanted to challenge that and to say this hair can be beautiful too because it's how I was born to look. I did get pressures too but I didn't want to fall into that pressure. I wanted to look like this. My authentic self. The twitterverse erupting with enthusiasm including congratulatory posts from Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama complete with the #blackgirlmagic. Little girls like 8-year-old milo clearly seeing themselves reflected in these faces. I want your vision on how to become a strong leader. Yes! I would say it takes time but find yourself first because you have to know who you are to be able to lead others. I think we are afraid to take up space. We are afraid to be amazing and as soon as that fear leaves us and we start building that confidence of being unapologetic and then I think we can get to that space of having a lot of women lead us who are just fearless. Last we'll have a little fun and we'll call it reigning rapid-firement I'll say a topic. You give me one word. Black girl magic. Black girl magic us. I'd a authentic. Wow. I say magical. The moment you were crowned. Out of bleed O -- body experience. Wow, disbelief. This history making moment for the four of you. Like ungraspable because I can't fully wrap my head around it yet. Profound. Necessary. Unfortunately miss America was not able to join us. She had to be in Connecticut gearing up for miss America 2020 when she will crown her successor on December 19th but in the meantime, the reign of this history-making foursome miss universe and miss usa are roommates but what I want to say about all four of these women. They are inspiring young girls of all colors to be bold and beautiful and brilliant. That's why this matters.
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