Belmont student Natalie Newbill was recently chosen as Miss Black Tennessee through an interview process done by the chief executive officer of the Miss Black USA organization.
Passionate about her platform entitled “Be At (R)espect.(I)ntegrity.(S)elf-esteem.(K)knowledge” Newbill says her favorite part about being Miss Black Tennessee is the ability to make a difference in the lives of teenagers.
“I get to take my platform across the state of Tennessee and make an impact. It is so easy for us to get caught up in making appearances, but an appearance is nothing without an impact,” she said. Newbill hopes to use this platform to raise self-esteem in adolescents to dream big and believe in their abilities.
Newbill recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a red dress photo shoot for the Heart Truth campaign, a national sponsor for Miss Black USA. Through that trip Newbill was then selected to be one of five models in a “I love the brown skin I’m in” shoot.
Newbill hopes to continue her Be At Risk programming with a state-wide rally.