Caressa Cameron

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Caressa Cameron
Caressa Cameron.jpg
Caressa Cameron performing in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade
Born (1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 28)
Ethnicity African American
Alma mater Massaponax High School
Virginia Commonwealth University
Barbizon Modeling and Acting School
Title Miss Virginia 2009
Miss America 2010
Predecessor Katie Stam
Successor Teresa Scanlan
Political party Democrat
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Nathaniel Bernard Jackson Jr.
Parent(s) Jerome and LaVern Cameron

Caressa Cameron-Jackson (born August 4, 1987) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was 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.[1]

Early life and Education[edit]

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.[2]

Cameron is a graduate of Massaponax High School.[3] and Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, Cameron attended and graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Virginia in 2002.[4]


Cameron won the Miss Virginia title on June 28, 2009 having previously competed for that title three times.[5] In prior competitions she was first runner-up in 2008.[6] Due to her first runner-up placement at Miss Virginia 2008, she qualified for National Sweetheart pageant.[7] She placed fourth runner-up at National Sweetheart 2008. She was also second runner-up in 2007 and 2006.[8] She was 2nd runner-up to Amber Copley at Miss Virginia USA 2006. In addition to competing at Miss Virginia, Cameron placed 2nd runner-up to Tori Hall at Miss Virginia Teen USA 2005.

On January 27, 2010, she won a $2,000 scholarship in winning the Preliminary Talent competition in vocal pop.[9]

Miss America 2010[edit]

On January 30, 2010, Cameron won the Miss America 2010 pageant held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Miss America role[edit]

Cameron met President Obama through a joint meeting with the Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champions at the White House.[10] Obama previously met with Miss America 2009 Katie Stam during a similar event.[11]

In March 2008, President Bush met with Miss America Kirsten Haglund also for the same cause.[12]

Life After The Crown[edit]

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.


  1. ^ a b "Miss Virginia wins 2010 Miss America crown". USA Today. 2010-01-30. 
  2. ^ The 700 Club - Miss America 2010: Caressa Cameron
  3. ^ Gross, Edie. "Covering Caressa Cameron". 
  4. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting School Alumni". 
  5. ^ Young, Julie. "VCU student Caressa Cameron begins reign as Miss Virginia". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Duffie (2009-06-28). "Miss Arlington Caressa Cameron wins Miss Virginia". The Roanoke Times. 
  7. ^ "Former Miss Greater Springfield Scholarship Organization Pageant Winners". Miss Greater Springfield Scholarship Organization. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Duffie (2009-06-28). "Miss Arlington Caressa Cameron wins Miss Virginia". The Roanoke Times. 
  9. ^ "Miss Virginia Lighting Up Vegas Strip". NBC Universal, Inc. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron Joins Children's Miracle Network to Meet with President Obama". Miss America. June 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Miss America 2009 Katie Stam Joins Children's Miracle Network to Meet with President Obama". Miss America. March 25, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund Meets President George W. Bush with the Children from Champions Across America". Miss America. March 18, 2008. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Katie Stam
Miss America
Succeeded by
Teresa Scanlan
Preceded by
Tara Wheeler
Miss Virginia
Succeeded by
Chinah Helmandollar