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Kendall Gayle Johnson

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The reigning Miss Massachusetts Captivating 2019 vying for the title of the national Miss Captivating 2020 in Columbus Ohio on September 1, 2019! Kendall is originally from Detroit, MI and now lives in Boston, MA and is a Social Work PhD student at Boston University. She is no stranger to pageants, having been competing since 2015. She is the 25 year old daughter of Michael and Tracy Johnson and is one of three girls. Her research interests focus on the effects of trauma and community violence on those who identify as black, specifically focusing on the impact of homicide for the surviving family members and friends that are left behind after a death has occurred. She also has recently started a blog called kendallthemodelscholar, in which she discusses her experience as a black, female scholar intertwined with her modeling and pageantry. Through this blog, she hopes to inspire other black women and girls to pursue their dreams and reach their fullest potential.
She is no stranger to the pageant world, having been competing since 2015. She has competed in Miss Michigan USA, Miss Lake State USA, Miss Nationwide, Captivating Pageants and Universal World Pageants. She just wrapped up her reign as Miss Universal World 2017, and is now transitioning into her new title of Miss Massachusetts Captivating, where she will compete for the national Miss Captivating title at the Captivating Pageants in Columbus, OH in September of 2019.
Her platform is called Project M.A.G.I.C. (Motivating Amazing Girls in underserved Communities) which is about building self-esteem in young women and she will be working with an organization called Boston Cares in the upcoming year and focusing on volunteer opportunities that provide resources, mentoring and support for young women in the Boston area. She is committed to amplifying young women's voices , especially in higher education, because she believes that is crucial to the success and health of this country. Black women make up less than 4% of all people who have earned a PhD. As a Social Work Phd student at Boston University, she is the only black woman in her school. She looks around and sees no other students who look like her and it can be alienating. Without the support of her family, peers and her academic advisor, she would not be able to persist. This is she champions the development of healthy mentoring relationships for young women. She wants to show the young women from her community that they can get to where she is and she will support them in that pursuit. She started a mentoring program in her hometown of Detroit, MI called Young Women Walking in Purpose, in the hopes of providing quality mentoring opportunities for young women that focuses on academic achievement, professional development and positive self-esteem.
Additionally, she does volunteer work with Best Buddies Massachusetts Chapter, which is committed to advocating for inclusion of those with developmental disabilities. In her spare time she is a frequent attender of movies at the theater and she enjoys spending time with her five month old black lab mix puppy, Nala.

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    May 25, 1992

  • Massachusetts, United States

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Project M.A.G.I.C.(Motivating Amazing Girls in Underserved Communities): Amplifying young women's voices, especially in higher education is crucial to the success and health of this country. Black women alone make up less than 4% of all people who have earned a PhD. As a Social Work Phd student at Boston University, I am the one of two black students in my entire school. I look around in my classes and I see no other students who look like me and it can be alienating sometimes. Oftentimes, women are the minority in top positions and in higher education. Without the support of my family, peers and my academic advisor, I would not be able to persist. This is why I champion the development of healthy mentoring relationships for young women. I want to show the young women from my community that they can get to where I am and I will support them in achieving their goals. I want them to reach for the stars and know that they are strong, smart and special people on this Earth who can affect positive change in the world. They are the future, and they deserve every opportunity to make that future as bright as can be. While still living in Michigan, I created the Young Women Walking in Purpose mentoring program, whose goal was to provide quality mentoring opportunities for young women in Detroit that focuses on academic achievement, professional development and positive self-esteem. I am continuing to do this kind of work in Massachusetts, and am happy to reveal my platform for the upcoming year. My platform is called Project M.A.G.I.C. which stands for Motivating Amazing Girls in underserved Communities. It is about building self-esteem in young women. I believe that it is out of the hands of those of us who were fortunate enough to achieve success, that the fuel for the next generation will come from. We are the magic and positivity and support that young leaders need. I will be doing several service projects during my reign as Miss Massachusetts Captivating to support young women in the Boston community. One is that I will be working with an organization called Boston Cares in the upcoming year and focusing on volunteer opportunities that provide resources, mentoring and support for young women in the Boston area. Two, I will be bringing pageantry into communities with young people who have have not been exposed to it before by directing and creating the first ever Mr and Miss Davis Leadership Academy Homecoming Pageant. I have designed a pageant preparation curriculum for the students that includes lessons on positive self-esteem, developing a strong work ethic, building confidence, championing philanthropy through community service and fostering leadership developing. Follow me on my journey leading up to the national Captivating Pageants in September 2019!

What is the Occupation of Kendall Gayle Johnson

PhD Student

Which College Did Kendall Gayle Johnson Attend?

Boston University

Why start competing in pageants

I wanted an opportunity to share my story and inspire young women to reach their fullest potential!

What is the Nationality of Kendall Gayle Johnson

African-American