Caressa Cameron

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Caressa Cameron Jackson
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Caressa performing in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade
Caressa Venal Cameron

(1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 31)
Alma materMassaponax High School
Virginia Commonwealth University
Barbizon Modeling and Acting School
Home townFredericksburg, Virginia
TitleMiss Virginia 2009
Miss America 2010
TermJanuary 30, 2010 - January 15, 2011
PredecessorKatie Stam
SuccessorTeresa Scanlan
Nathaniel Jackson Jr. (m. 2012)
Parent(s)Jerome and LaVern Cameron

Caressa Venal 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 titleholder, the first African-American Miss Virginia to be crowned Miss America.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Cameron 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.

Miss Virginia USA 2006[edit]

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

Miss Virginia 2006-2008[edit]

She was placed second runner-up in the 2006 and 2007 Miss Virginia pageants. At the 2008 competition, she was named first runner-up. Due to this placement, she qualified to compete in the National Sweetheart 2008 pageant, where she later was named the fourth runner-up.[4]

Miss Virginia 2009[edit]

Cameron was crowned Miss Virginia on June 28, 2009, winning on her fourth attempt.[5][6]

Miss America 2010[edit]

On January 27, 2010, she won a $2,000 scholarship in winning the preliminary talent competition in vocal pop.[7]

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

Miss America role[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Cameron wed her high school sweetheart, Nathaniel Jackson Jr., on December 2, 2012. They welcomed their first child, Tres, on June 27, 2016. They reside in Locust Grove, Virginia where she is the owner and lead event designer at Caressed By Design - Weddings and Events. Cameron is also a singer, and was featured in Lifepoint Worship's 2017 album "Mountain/Valley on the songs Mighty River and The Fire.


  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. ^ "Former Miss Greater Springfield Scholarship Organization Pageant Winners". Miss Greater Springfield Scholarship Organization. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Young, Julie (July 6, 2009). "VCU student Caressa Cameron begins reign as Miss Virginia". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Taylor, Duffie (2009-06-28). "Miss Arlington Caressa Cameron wins Miss Virginia". The Roanoke Times.
  7. ^ "Miss Virginia Lighting Up Vegas Strip". NBC Universal, Inc. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-31.

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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