Carole Gist

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Carole Gist
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Carole Anne-Marie Gist
(1969-05-08) May 8, 1969 (age 48)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Education Cass Technical High School
Northwood University
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Michigan USA 1990
Miss USA 1990
Miss USA 1990 (Winner)
Miss Universe 1990
(1st Runner-Up)

Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) is an American TV host, model and first African American woman to win the Miss USA title.[1] 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.[1][2] 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 34 in (182 cm) Detroit native,[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. 
  2. ^ "Miss USA Past Titleholders". Miss Universe Organisation. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2010.