Tara Dale Sanders ‘06
It’s important to encourage young people, particularly those from low-income families, to go to college and to pursue careers.
Alumna Crowned Miss Black California
Tara Dale Sanders, a Redlands graduate, was crowned Miss Black California in November 2009, giving her the opportunity to represent the state at the Miss Black USA Pageant in August 2010.
Tara graduated from Redlands in 2006, earning a degree in sociology and anthropology. She won the prestigious state competition in Fall of 2009, scoring ahead of 23 other worthy contestants. The former Bulldog then enrolled at Cal State Chico, where she is working on a master’s degree in social science.
She also hopes she can use her unique platform of beauty queen with a master’s degree to encourage young people, particularly those from low-income families, to go to college and to pursue careers.
A resume of beautiful achievements
“I want to show that this is what a contemporary woman who wins a pageant looks like,” Sanders told the North County Times newspaper. “There are so many layers to us.”
This is not Sanders’ first pageant win. In 2002, she was crowned Miss Teenage California and Miss Teen of the Nation.
The annual Miss Black USA pageant, held in Ghana, is open to women between the ages of 17 and 27.
Contestants compete in private interviews, talent, evening gown, swimsuit and on-stage interview events.
The Miss Black U.S.A. pageant was founded by Karen Arrington in 1986. The organization provides scholarships to winners, and also has a number of health initiatives, including programs designed to increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease and obesity. disease and obesity.