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Ericka Dunlap


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Ericka is an Orland native and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

In 2001, Dunlap was crowned Miss Orlando 2001 and won the opportunity to compete at Miss Florida 2001.

In 2002, she was crowned Miss Heart of Florida 2002 and won the opportunity to compete at Miss Florida 2002.

In 2003, Dunlap was won Miss City Beautiful 2003 and the opportunity to compete at Miss Florida 2003. After two attempts, the third time was the charm as she was crowned Miss Florida 2003 and won the opportunity to compete at Miss America 2004.

In 2004, she was crowned Miss America, becoming the seventh African American woman to hold the title.

During her reign, Ericka traveled to the Middle-East Miss America to serve the American troops for Thanksgiving.

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    February 17, 1982

  • Florida, United States



Pageant Platform

United We Stand, Divided We Fall Behind: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

What is the Occupation of Ericka Dunlap

Public Relations Specialist

Which School Did Ericka Dunlap Attend?

University of Central Florida

FUN FACTS about Ericka Dunlap

In 2019, she said that the Miss America Organization should bring back the swimsuit competition after Gretchen Carlson resigned as MAO Chairwoman. Finished in third place on The Amazing Race 15 with her then-husband, Brian Kleinschmidt. Was the first African American to be crowned Miss Florida. She and her then-husband earned 3rd place during The Amazing Race 15. Created The Crown Jewel Foundation, which social development skills and image awareness in young girls.

In the Media


23 September 2019 https://www.blackenterprise.com/miss-america-winner-changed-diversity-inclusion/

Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap Wins Miss America Crown

23 September 2019 https://www.haaretz.com/1.4685419

Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap - Thoughts On The Swimsuit Competition and How To Make a Difference In The World

23 September 2019 http://lifeafterthecrown.com/miss-america-2004-ericka-dunlap-thoughts-on-the-swimsuit-competition-and-how-to-make-a-difference-in-the-world