Caressa Cameron

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Caressa Cameron Jackson
Caressa Cameron.jpg
Caressa performing in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade
Born (1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 35)
Alma materMassaponax High School
Virginia Commonwealth University
Barbizon Modeling and Acting School
TitleMiss Virginia 2009
Miss America 2010
TermJanuary 30, 2010 – January 15, 2011
PredecessorKatie Stam
SuccessorTeresa Scanlan
Nathaniel Jackson Jr.
(m. 2012)

Caressa Venal Cameron-Jackson (born August 4, 1987) is an American beauty pageant titleholder and occasional singer who was Miss Virginia 2009 and Miss America 2010. She is the eighth African American Miss America titleholder, the first Black Miss Virginia to be crowned Miss America.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

The Virginia native is a graduate of Massaponax High School and Virginia Commonwealth University.[2] In 2002, Cameron graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Virginia.[3]


Miss Virginia Teen USA 2005[edit]

Cameron placed second runner-up to Tori Hall at the Miss Virginia Teen USA 2005 pageant.[citation needed]

Miss Virginia USA 2006[edit]

She was second runner-up to Amber Copley at the Miss Virginia USA 2006 pageant.[citation needed]

Miss Virginia 2006-2008[edit]

She was placed second runner-up in the 2006 and 2007 Miss Virginia pageants. At the 2008 competition, Cameron was named first runner-up. Due to this placement, Cameron qualified to compete in the National Sweetheart 2008 pageant, where Miss Virginia later was named the fourth runner-up.[citation needed]

Miss Virginia 2009[edit]

Cameron was crowned Miss Virginia on June 28, 2009, winning on her fourth attempt.[4][5]

Miss America 2010[edit]

On January 27, 2010, the performer won a $2,000 scholarship in succeeding the preliminary talent competition in vocal pop.[6]

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

Miss America role[edit]

She traveled more than 250,000 miles during her year of service advocating for her personal platform, "Real Talk: AIDS in America" and spoke to over 80,000 students around the nation about healthy choices. For her efforts, Caressa was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and a Congressional Honor. The titleholder performed during the Presidential Inauguration festivities in 2009, the 2010 White House Christmas Tree lighting, and more.

Personal life[edit]

Cameron married her high school sweetheart, Nathaniel Jackson Jr., on December 2, 2012. Cameron wore a Sareh Nouri wedding gown.[7] The couple welcomed their first child, Tres, on June 27, 2016. They welcomed their second child and first daughter, Cammie, on January 27, 2020. The family reside in Locust Grove, Virginia.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Miss Virginia wins 2010 Miss America crown". USA Today. 2010-01-30.
  2. ^ Gross, Edie. "Covering Caressa Cameron". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  3. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting School Alumni".
  4. ^ Young, Julie (July 6, 2009). "VCU student Caressa Cameron begins reign as Miss Virginia". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Taylor, Duffie (2009-06-28). "Miss Arlington Caressa Cameron wins Miss Virginia". The Roanoke Times.
  6. ^ "Miss Virginia Lighting Up Vegas Strip". NBC Universal, Inc. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  7. ^ "Designer: Sareh Nouri". Archived from the original on July 11, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss America
Succeeded by
Preceded by Miss Virginia
Succeeded by
Chinah Helmandollar