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Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004
February 17, 1982 |
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||William R. Boone High School
University of Central Florida
|Title||Miss Orlando 2001
Miss Heart of Florida 2002
Miss City Beautiful 2003
Miss Florida 2003
Miss America 2004
|Term||September 20, 2003 - September 18, 2004|
|Spouse(s)||Brian Kleinschmidt (divorced)|
Ericka Dunlap (born February 17, 1982) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Orlando, Florida who was named Miss Florida 2003 and subsequently crowned Miss America 2004. Dunlap was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida.
Dunlap is a native of Orlando, attended William R. Boone High School, and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. While attending college at the University of Central Florida, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
She and then-husband Brian Kleinschmidt appeared on The Amazing Race 15, where they placed third overall.
In 2004 she was crowned Miss America becoming the seventh African American woman to hold the title. Dunlap's platform was "United We Stand, Divided We Fall Behind: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion." Dunlap appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hollywood Squares, Live With Regis and Kelly, and Fox News’ The O'Reilly Factor. She also served as Grand Marshal of the Talladega 500 NASCAR race.She has also appeared in a number of movies, one of them being District 9.
Ms. Dunlap’s international appeal began with her travels to the Middle-East during her reign as Miss America to entertain and serve the American troops for Thanksgiving. Most recently, Ericka traveled to Afghanistan to once again boost morale.
Currently, Ericka is a Public Relations Specialist and has formed Crown Jewel Consulting. Her charitable organization, The Crown Jewel Foundation, promotes social development skills and image awareness in young girls, and is set to re-launch in the summer of 2011 with the Princess Power Project. She continues to travel as a special guest speaker as well as developing her entrepreneurial interests in her hometown of Orlando, Florida.
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