The 10 winners of Ebony Magazine’s Campus Queens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are featured in the September issue. More than 2 million votes were submitted online to help select 10 Queens that traveled to Atlanta to be captured for the pictorial by ‘Officially Crowned’ Photographer Derek Blanks and KenBarboza.com.
Don’t expect to find this royalty in a drab traditional gown and crown, in Ebony’s pages, each of the ladies are donning a classic little black dress and shoes fit for a Queen! Inside the feature, they dish about what it means to be a Campus Queen, as well as share their aspirations, goals and experiences at their respective HBCUs!
Royalty from close to 40 HBCUs all across the nation entered for the opportunity to represent their school and hold up their crown in the pages of Ebony. The 10 royal winners are shown below
The winners are listed as shown in the photo above (l-r): Neshaszda M. Brown/Miss Albany State University, De’Jonique Garrison/Miss Clark Atlanta, Ashley Graham/Miss South Carolina State University, Breana Watkins/Miss Tuskegee University, Charnee Pearson-Starling/Miss Bennett College, Ashlee Thomas/Howard University, Jasmine Gurley/Miss North Carolina A&T State University, Tiffany Sorrells/Miss Benedict College, Charlena Kennedy/Miss Bethune-Cookman University, and Desiree Williams/Miss Hampton University.
“Being a campus Queen means more than just wearing a Crown, being a campus Queen means you must breathe in strength, humility, dedication…” Check out behind-the-scenes footage of their photo shoot, here.
Please believe we had to give these Queens their “Official Crown!” Congratulations ladies and continued success! Extra loud shout-out to my big little sister kicking off her senior year at St. Augustine’s! #HBCUSalute!