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Halle Berry | Miss Ohio USA 1986 | Miss Teen All American 1985 | 1st Runner-up to Miss USA 1986 | Miss World Finalist
She competed in the 1986 Miss USA Pageant, where she finished as first runner-up to Miss USA 1986, Christie Fitchner, Miss Texas USA, who won the crown and eventually was named 1st runner-up to Miss Universe.
During the finals, she was asked during her final question what type of a role model she would want to be if selected as Miss USA that night. She replied: “I would like to symbolize a very positive role model, not only for all women, but for all people of the United States. And, through me, I hope that they could learn that, no matter what race, color, religion you are, you can be whatever it is that you want to become.”
Although she narrowly missed winning the Miss USA title that night, she went on the be exactly the type of role model she had hoped to be. In the years to come, Berry built a successful career as a film actress.
Halle went on to enter acting, where she soon won the coveted role of Queen in the Alex Hailey mini-series, Queen, on the TV series Knots Landing and Living Dolls, and starred in the movies Jungle Fever and The Flintstones.
First African-America Woman to Win an Academy Award for Best Actress
In 2002, Halle starred in the film “Monster’s Ball” and was nominated for an Oscar for the best actress in a leading role. She made history soon after when Halle was named the first African-American woman ever to win an Academy Award for a leading role in a film.
- 2002 Academy Award: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Monster’s Ball
- View Best Halle Berry movies
She would later post on Instagram that her pageant experience was “Where it all began. #FBF #1986 #MissWorld”.
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