Photo caption: Miss Houston Teen Kennedy Edwards crowned Miss Texas Teen USA | Photo credit: Select Studios
It was a history-making night for Houston teen Kennedy Edwards who was crowned Miss Texas Teen USA 2019, last weekend at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, making her the first African American to hold the title.
Edwards is no stranger to blazing new trails, as she became the first African American contestant to be crowned Miss Houston Teen USA in the pageant’s 35-plus year history, winning the title on her first attempt.
Crystle Stewart, the new director of the Miss Houston pageant and Miss USA 2008, was thrilled at Edwards’ win.
“We wish her a successful reign filled with fun events, interesting encounters, and to continue to develop her voice as an aspiring young and confident lady. May you encourage and inspire the even younger generation,” shared Stewart on the Miss Houston website following Edwards’ win.
The moment was surreal for Edwards and an answer to her prayers.
“I was in disbelief. I had prayed and prepared for this moment for a very long time, but there’s no real way to anticipate how you’ll feel when you’re crowned. All that would come to my mind was my mom jokingly reminding me not to do “that ugly cry” that I did at Houston, so I quickly covered my mouth to prevent it,” shared Edwards.
A 2018 graduate of Manvel High School, Edwards called it “a blessing and honor” to be the first African American Miss Texas Teen USA.
“What most people don’t know is that I came into competition weekend wanting to win not solely because I want to be a great role model, but because I wanted to make history,” said Edwards, who is grateful for the opportunity to open doors for young girls who look like her and have similar aspirations.
As the newly crowned Miss Texas Teen USA, she plans to use her platform to be a role model to all young people across the state of Texas and to encourage voter registration.
Edwards credits Miss Houston Pageant Director Crystle Stewart with providing an intensive training program that helped her to present the best version of herself in the competition.
She called the interview phase “the most fulfilling” because it allowed her to display on stage all that she had learned in preparation for the pageant. She described the fitness component of competition as “the most challenging” because of her love of ice cream.
“The battle was hard and long, but because I knew it was a “weaker” spot for me, I worked very diligently at it and in the end, achieved my fitness goals,” said Edwards.
Edwards win will take her to the Miss Teen USA stage to compete for the prestigious Miss Teen USA crown, but for a brief moment, she is pausing to enjoy her celebratory moment.
“Now I can eat all the ice cream I want,” said Edwards.
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