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Nana Meriwether:Black beauty wins Miss USA
“The journey to the MISS USA Competition has not only given me the opportunity to continue on with my international humanitarian work, but, I have also been able to implement skills of discipline and leadership acquired from my years as an NCAA All-American athlete and scholar.”-Nana Meriweather
God’s greatest creation is the Black woman.
Her beauty can not be matched.
Her skin is divine.
Her features are heaven sent.
And in parts of the planet, she is even worshipped as a goddess. (Read my previous article on BASN entitled The Great Black Mother)
With that said, in case you haven’t heard, Miss USA is Black.
It was by de-fault, however.
Why? Because, the reigning Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, won Miss Universe, which meant the first runner-up gets the crown.
And for the record, the former Miss Universe, Leila Lopes, is from Angola.
Despite all of that, if you haven’t seen her, she is brilliant and beautiful.
Oddly, she, however, looks strikingly similar to the Alabama super model Cynthia Bailey from the Atlanta Housewives.
Her name is Nana Meriwether.
Nana, in fact, is a Ghanaian name for girls meaning Mother of the earth.
And, she is the eighth person of African descent to wear the Miss USA crown.
The first, was Carole Gist, from Michigan, who won the pageant in 1990.
Following Gist were: Kenya Moore (Michigan) 1993, now on the Atlanta Housewives, Chelsi Smith(Texas) 1995, Lynnette Cole (TENN)2000, Shauntay Hinton (DC)2002, Rachel Smith (TENN) 2007, and Crystal Stewart (TEXAS)2008.
For the record, the 27-year old, 6’1, South African beauty, who is from Potomac, Maryland, attended Duke University, where she made the Dean’s List during one semester there, while playing on the women’s volleyball team.
As a Bruin, she was a two-time NCAA All-American, a Collegiate Volleyball Update Player of the Year and a holder of three national NCAA women’s volleyball records.
She also led her team to an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2006, while appearing in Sport Illustrated magazine and in several other prominent volleyball magazines.
Merriweather even played volleyball professionally in Puerto Rico and trained for the 2008 Olympics in Colorado Springs.
Don’t be surprised by her athletic ability, however, because Nana’s father, Dr. Delano Meriweather, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1971 after holding the world record in the 100 meter dash.
Nana, truly, is the definition of a student athlete.
Because along with her athletic achievements, she also obtained a a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus on international relations from UCLA, and attended graduate school at at the University of Southern California (USC), where she studied as a post-baccalaureate pre-medical student.