Caressa Cameron performing in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade
|Alma mater||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Title||Miss Virginia 2009
Miss America 2010
|Partner(s)||Nathaniel Bernard Jackson Jr.|
|Parents||Jerome and LaVern Cameron|
Caressa Cameron is Miss Virginia 2009 and Miss America 2010. She is the eighth African American Miss America, the first African-American Miss Virginia to be crowned Miss America, and the first African American Miss America to win the title with a sitting African American president.
Early life and education
Cameron's teen years were difficult and she was bullied at school. After the reigning Miss Virginia spoke at her school, Cameron decided to become involved in pageants.
Cameron won the Miss Virginia title on June 28, 2009 having previously competed for that title three times. In prior competitions she was first runner-up in 2008 and second runner-up in 2007 and 2006. She was also fourth runner-up to National Sweetheart 2006. She earned a spot at this pageant due to her second runner-up placement at Miss Virginia. In addition to competing at Miss Virginia, Cameron placed 2nd runner-up to Tori Hall at Miss Virginia Teen USA 2005 and 2nd runner-up to Amber Copley at Miss Virginia USA 2006.
Miss America 2010
Miss America role
Cameron met President Obama through a joint meeting with the Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champions at the White House. Obama previously met with Miss America Katie Stam (2009) during a similar event.
Life After The Crown
Caressa wed her high school sweetheart Nathaniel Bernard Jackson Jr.(a graduate of Virginia Military Institute)on December 2, 2012. They now reside in Fredericksburg Virginia where she has made her platform of HIV/AIDS her lifework by serving as a spokeswoman.
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- http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Caressa_Cameron_041210.aspx The 700 Club - Miss America 2010: Caressa Cameron
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- Taylor, Duffie (2009-06-28). "Miss Arlington Caressa Cameron wins Miss Virginia". The Roanoake Times.
- "Former Miss Greater Springfield Scholarship Organization Pageant Winners". Miss Greater Springfield Scholarship Organization. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
- "Miss Virginia Lighting Up Vegas Strip". NBC Universal, Inc. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- "Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron Joins Children's Miracle Network to Meet with President Obama". Miss America. June 11, 2010.
- "Miss America 2009 Katie Stam Joins Children's Miracle Network to Meet with President Obama". Miss America. March 25, 2009.
- "Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund Meets President George W. Bush with the Children from Champions Across America". Miss America. March 18, 2008.
- "Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron sings God Bless America" video, Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron sings "God Bless America" at the Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia on July 4, 2010.
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