|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Carole Anne-Marie Gist
May 8, 1969
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Cass Technical High School
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Title(s)||Miss Michigan USA 1990
Miss USA 1990
|Miss USA 1990 (Winner)
Miss Universe 1990
Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) was the first African American woman to win the Miss USA title. Gist first won the title of Miss Michigan USA and went on to win the Miss USA crown on March 2, 1990 in Wichita, Kansas. The 1990 pageant had representatives from Georgia (Brenda Leithleiter), Alaska (Karin Elizabeth Meyer), Kentucky (Tiffany Tenfelde), South Carolina (Gina Tolleson, who as 1st runner-up then went on to represent the country at the Miss World pageant, winning the title) and Karin Hartz of New Jersey making up with Gist the Top 6 finalists. Gist, a 5 ft 11 3⁄4 in (182 cm) Detroit native, 20 years old at the time, eventually became first runner-up to Mona Grudt of Norway in the Miss Universe pageant of that same year. She was also the first contestant from Michigan to win Miss USA, and broke the five-year streak of winners from Texas.
Gist is a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. At the time of her coronation, she was a junior marketing and management major at Northwood University at Midland, Michigan. Carole co-hosted a show on the WORD gospel network. She is currently married with two children and works as an executive assistant for a construction company. She has also worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit and is a graduate of the Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.She is currently studying for a master's degree in Kinesiology at Wayne State University.
- Carthane, Ardis (26 March 1990). "Carole Gist: Miss USA tells how she rose from ghetto to national fame". Jet. pp. 58–60. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- "Miss USA Past Titleholders". Miss Universe Organisation. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
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