Christine Electra Williamson is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.
She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2017 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science.
She was then accepted to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Business where she is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration and Business & Data Analytics Certification.
Growing up, Williamson did not have much interest in pageants. However, that all changed on the night of the 2011 Miss America Pageant. While watching a then 17-year-old Theresa Scanlan’s crowning moment, Williamson’s father suggested she enter. She took the advice and eventually won her first Miss America local title, Miss Memphis. She went on to compete at Miss Tennessee 2014 where she was named the People’s Choice Winner.
Williamson continued to chase the Miss Tennessee crown for four more years. In 2015, she competed as Miss Smoky Mountains and was named second runner-up at Miss Tennessee 2015. In 2016, she was crowned the first Miss Mountain Empire and was named third runner-up at Miss Tennessee 2016 as well as second runner-up for the Quality of Life Award. Williamson came back for her fourth try at the crown in 2017 as Miss Scenic City where she placed as first runner-up. She was also named first runner-up for the Quality of Life Award.
Williamson came back for her fifth try at the Miss Tennessee title in 2018 as Miss Chattanooga. Up to this point, Williamson had never won a preliminary award. That changed when she was named a double preliminary winner during the state competition. She won a Preliminary Swimsuit Award and a Preliminary Talent Award. In addition, Williamson was also won the Overall Talent, Swimsuit, Evening Gown and Onstage Question Awards. She also took home the coveted Miss Tennessee Quality of Life award for her service with the Alzheimer's Association & Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
After five long years of competing, Williamson’s dream came true when she was crowned Miss Tennessee 2018 on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center located in Jackson, Tennessee. She competed for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9th, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was named a finalist for the Miss America Quality of Life Award (one of six women chosen) as well as a finalist for the Miss America Women in Business Award (one of four women chosen). She was the ONLY contestant to be named a finalist for two awards and the first Miss Tennessee in history to be named a finalist for the Women in Business Award.
On Friday, May 10, 2019 Christine Williamson officially announced that she no longer will carry the title Miss Tennessee 2018 and will not support to the Miss America Organization. In an Instagram post, Williamson said that she will instead be supporting a new program led by her former State Organization.
Several of her fellow Miss America 2019 contestants commented on the post in support of Williamson’s decision.
“Nothing but love <3 always my Miss TN,” said Bridget Oei.
“So much love for you sister,” Annie Jorgensen commented.
The Miss America Organization released a statement on the news.
“Miss Tennessee was under contract with the prior holder of the Miss Tennessee state organization license. Christine chose not to enter into a contract with the new Miss Tennessee license holder. Should you have any questions about Miss Tennessee, they can be directed to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition.”
Read her full statement below:
“I am dispirited to have to inform you and the public that I have decided to cease using the “Miss Tennessee 2018” title and name that I worked so hard to earn, effectively immediately.
Despite spending considerable time, effort and money to a) successfully compete for my state title, and b) subsequently prepare for and compete in MAO’s national pageant competition in Atlantic City, I have concluded that circumstances beyond my control have conspired to adversely impact my treatment as a state titleholder from a state whose State Organization was terminated by MAO in September 2018. From my perspective, titleholders and contestants alike were hurt in, among other things, how MAO handled its 1) disputes with multiple State Organizations, and 2) ill-conceived and clumsily communicated transition to new State Organizations. Being subjected to that experience showed me MAO’s blatant disregard, if not outright contempt, for my dedication and efforts to earn my title and complete my year of service.
From my perspective, MAO and its leadership, working with its newly selected State Organization(s), deprived me of the full breadth and scope of the year of service I was promised and entitled to expect. For example, I lost the support of the State Organization that that nurtured and supported me for the last six (6) years that I have been involved with the MAO program. I watched with dismay MAO’s cavalier treatment of the volunteers and leaders that have given years, and even decades, of their lives to supporting my state’s former State Organization and the MAO program.
For the record, I have and will always cherish my relationships with these former State Organization volunteers and leaders. For MAO to suggest as it did that I “refrain from any further contact or association” with such people was mare than presumptuous, but rather was inappropriately dismissive of the personal relationships I had made for myself. The first formal communication from MAO after terminating my state’s State Organization - made more than three months after - showed me how little respect or consideration MAO and its leadership had for me and other titleholders and contestants like me.
In retrospect, this entire experience showed me that I did not and still do not agree with MAO’s management of its personnel and program. I have made the difficult decision not to continue my support of the MAO program and to instead pursue exciting new opportunities with another program led and supported by people and volunteers I love and respect. The honor, commitment and loyalty that they have shown to me are values I want to reflect and reciprocate as my legacy.
Christine Electra Williamson”
On May 15, 2019, it was announced that Williamson would take the inaugural Miss Tennessee Volunteer 2018 title, an organization that is led by the former Miss Tennessee Organization leaders. On May 25, 2019, Williamson was crowned the inaugural Miss Tennessee Volunteer 2018 title and stated how grateful she was to help another young woman connect with her state the same way she did.
On June 26, 2019, Williamson posted to her website about why she left MAO and addressed the contestants who may be on the fence about staying with MAO. She discussed her experience at the national Miss America competition as well as feeling like the organization was not concerned with her health or personal growth. When addressing contestants that are deciding whether to stay with the organization, she said,
"So to the girls deciding to compete in MAO or in Miss Tennessee Volunteer,
I can't tell you what is "right" for you to decide.
But here is what I can tell you-
(1) I have not heard from the Miss America Organization / its national leadership in any official form since February 19th.
(2) They (MAO) have not voiced concern for my well being, health, or how this stressful situation has impacted me, personally.
(3) The Miss Tennessee Volunteer Organization has always chosen to put me at the forefront of their decision making process and to use what is in my best interest as their guide for what to decide.
(4) the Miss Tennessee Volunteer organization has always had a vested interest in my health and well being and they have gone above and beyond to look out for my best interests at all times."
Read her full blog post here