Mikayla Chess. Photo provided by Miss Black Ohio USA

By Vanessa King

Miss Black Ohio USA Director

On Saturday, November 11, Miss Black Ohio USA held a crowning ceremony for Mikayla Chess of Cincinnati announcing her as the new 2023 reigning Queen. The crowning ceremony occurred in Columbus, where The Miss Black Ohio USA Director, Vanessa King, officiated the coronation. Chess will represent the State of Ohio at the National Competition for Miss Black USA in the fall of 2023.

Her pageant platform is to help everyone, especially the youth, achieve mental wellness and overall well-being through social-emotional learning. She does public speaking engagements for non-profits, schools, events, companies, and more. Mikayla lives by a quote from Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Chess is the owner and President of Mpressive Exposure LLC., a company that exposes people to and develops self-love, confidence, and success through interactive and engaging events.

Mikayla Chess receiving the crown. Photo provided by Miss Black Ohio USA

Miss Black Ohio USA is a scholarship pageant and non-profit corporation. If you are interested in participating in the next pageant for the opportunity to represent Ohio at Miss Black USA, please contact King at missblackohiousadirector@gmail.com.

The Miss Black USA Pageant Organization is the first and largest scholarship pageant for women of color, awarding over $500,000 in scholarships. The pageant empowers women to own their power and celebrates their unique talents, traits, and beauty. Miss Black USA defines her own standard of beauty and celebrates the whole woman, mind, body, and spirit, all shades of brown, hair texture, and size. The pageant is a bold celebration of beauty, culture, and identity redefining beauty. 

Chess is available for bookings: Artistic Expressions, Appearances, Community Events, Mentoring, Modeling, School Engagements, Judging or Hosting Events & Signings.

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