Allen is a resident of Bolingbrook, Illinois and the daughter of Sharon and David Allen. She attended Plainfield East High School and has been involved with pageants and her community for years.
Allen has been a member of many organizations throughout her community. She has been a member of Jack & Jill of America for five years where she served as the chapter Secretary, Vice-President and a delegate at the National Legislative “On the Hill” Summit in Washington, D.C. As the Midwest Region’s Teen Programming Committee Chair, she led over 500 teens in a legislative panel discussion at the 2018 Regional Teen Leadership Conference where she served as moderator.
Allen also coordinated a Jeans for Teens drive where she partnered with a local middle school and clothing retailer to collect over 2,000 pairs of jeans for donation to homeless teens. In conjunction with this initiative, she hosted a Saturday Night “Sleep Out” with area teens to highlight teen homelessness.
Allen has also facilitated workshops and served as a speaker at the “Just Us Girls” Conference (Be Your Best Selfie), Village of Bolingbrook Annual Black History Month Program (Just Say No to Bullying), and the En.Lighten.Ment Girls Conference (I See the Crown: Setting Goals for Success).
After graduating from high school in 2018, Allen took her studies to Howard University. She is currently a freshman broadcast journalism major. She is in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications Honor’s College as an Annenberg Scholar and a member of the Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA).
Allen began her pageant journey at just nine-years-old. After placing third runner-up in her first pageant, she was hooked and has been competing ever since. Allen has held many state and national titles. In 2011, she was crowned Preteen Miss Dream Girls U.S.A. 2011. In 2012, she won her second national title as Miss American Preteen Coed 2012. She has also held the national titles of USA National Miss Junior Teen 2014 and International Junior Miss Junior Teen 2016.
Allen first competed for the title of Miss Illinois Teen USA at the 2018 pageant. She was named a semi-finalist and placed in the Top 16. Determined to capture the Miss Illinois Teen USA crown, she returned to compete at the 2019 Miss Illinois Teen USA Pageant representing Greater Bolingbrook.
Allen made history on September 3, 2018, when she was crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA 2019 at Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium located in Normal, Illinois. She is the first winner from Bolingbrook and the second African-American woman to win the Miss Illinois Teen USA title. She also won the Interview Award.
Allen has used the world of pageantry to overcome her shyness and launched her platform, “High Heels High Hopes” as a means to reach young girls who lack confidence. As Miss Illinois Teen USA, Allen shares her story with young girls to promote confidence and self-love through the three pillars: Education, Elegance and Service. Due to her personal encounter of being bullied in elementary and middle school, she is passionate about empowering young girls and has spoken publicly against school and social media bullying to several thousands of students at girls’ conferences, schools, churches and community events.
Allen will compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2019.