Caressa Cameron

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Caressa Cameron Jackson
Caressa Cameron.jpg
Caressa performing in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade
Born Caressa Venal Cameron
(1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 30)
Alma mater Massaponax High School
Virginia Commonwealth University
Barbizon Modeling and Acting School
Known for Miss America 2010
Home town Fredericksburg, Virginia
Title Miss Virginia 2009
Miss America 2010
Predecessor Katie Stam
Successor Teresa Scanlan
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Nathaniel Bernard Jackson Jr.
Children Tres Jackson (Nathaniel B. Jackson III)
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, the first African-American Miss Virginia to be crowned Miss America.[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 USA, 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]

Caressa traveled over 250,000 miles during her year of service championing her personal platform, Real Talk: AIDS in America and has spoken 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.

An accomplished vocalist and talent award winner at Miss America, Caressa was honored to perform 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 Bernard Jackson Jr., (a graduate of Virginia Military Institute) 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 Riverr & The Fire


  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. 

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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