Nancy Redd

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Nancy Redd
Born
Nancy Amanda Redd

(1981-04-28) April 28, 1981 (age 41)
Alma materHarvard University (B.A., 2003)
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Spouse(s)Rupak Ginn
Children2
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Virginia 2003
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2004 (Top 10)

Nancy Amanda Redd (born April 28, 1981) is an American author who was Miss Virginia in 2003 and competed in Miss America, finishing in the top ten and winning the preliminary "Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimwear" competition.[1]

She authored the book Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers and is a host of HuffPost Live.[2]

She is also the author of Diet Drama: Feed Your Body! Move Your Body! Love Your Body[3] and Pregnancy, OMG!: The First Ever Photographic Guide for Modern Mamas-to-Be.

Early life and education[edit]

Nancy Amanda Redd was born in Martinsville, Virginia on April 28, 1981. As a child in Virginia, she was active in 4-H, and was in Girls State in high school.[citation needed] In February 2002, while attending Harvard University, Redd won $250,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and donated a considerable amount of her winnings to 4-H. Redd was one of Glamour's Top Ten College Women in October 2002.[4] Redd graduated from Harvard with honors in 2003, with a degree in women's studies.[5]

Pageantry[edit]

Miss Virginia 2003[edit]

Miss America 2003[edit]

Career[edit]

Books[edit]

Redd is the author of many nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller Body Drama.[6] Her other nonfiction works on women's bodies include Diet Drama and Pregnancy OMG!.[7][8]

Redd's first children's book, Bedtime Bonnet, was released in 2020. She wrote the book for her daughter to celebrate "black nighttime hair routines".[9][10] Redd's second children's book is entitled The Real Santa, which was released in 2021. The book's goal was to fill a demand in the black community for representation of a black Santa Claus.[11][12]

Hosting[edit]

Redd was a longtime host of HuffPost Live, which ran from 2012 to 2016. Redd hosted her last segment in 2015.[13] Redd would go on to host the show SoMe in 2016.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Redd is married to Indian-American actor Rupak Ginn. They have two children, a son named August and a daughter also named Nancy.[14]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers (2007)
  • Diet Drama: Feed Your Body! Move Your Body! Love Your Body! (2010)
  • Pregnancy, OMG!: The First Ever Photographic Guide for Modern Mamas–to–Be (2018)
  • Bedtime Bonnet (2020; with illustrator Nneka Myers)
  • The Real Santa (2021; with illustrator Charnelle Pinkney Barlow)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carmon, Irin (22 September 2003), "Alums Wow, Fall Short At Pageant", The Crimson
  2. ^ "Bob Roth―Meditation Teacher To The Stars". Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ What's on your nightstand? Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers (Book review), 1 September 2008, Ebony (magazine)
  4. ^ There she is, Miss Harvard?
  5. ^ Okunseinde, O.I. (14 February 2002), "Redd Hot", The Crimson
  6. ^ "Body Drama: Real Answers for Real Girls' Issues". ABC News.
  7. ^ "Nancy Redd Discusses Her New Book Diet Drama". Diets in Review. {{cite web}}: |first= missing |last= (help)
  8. ^ Gillette, Sam. "Pregnancy, OMG!; A New Pregnancy Book Gets Real". People.
  9. ^ Balaban, Samantha. "A Little Girl Didn't Like Her 'Bedtime Bonnet,' So Mom Wrote A Book To Help". NPR.
  10. ^ Boone, Keyaira. "This Black Mom Is Normalizing Bedtime Bonnets With A New Children's Book". Essence.
  11. ^ Tharpe, Stephanie. "Black Santa Is Coming To Town In Author Nancy Redd's New Children's Book 'The Real Santa'". Forbes.
  12. ^ Redd, Nancy. "In Search of Black Santa". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Nancy Redd". HuffPost.
  14. ^ Gillette, Sam. "How Nancy Redd's Bedtime Bonnet Helped Her Daughter Love Her Hair: 'There's No Shame'". People.

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