Braea Tilford is a Louisville native who is the Miss Kentucky 2018. She succeeds Madelynne Myers. The 25-year-old, who became the first African-American woman to represent Kentucky in seven years, will be competing in this year’s Miss USA Pageant with the hopes of going on to compete for the biggest prize at Miss Universe. Tilford studied communications at the University of Louisville and has since earned a job as a digital content curator, public speaker, and founder of Grow Lead Inspire, which is a leadership conference for teens.
By winning Miss Kentucky, Braea says it will allow her “to fill her societal responsibility to elevate those in her community who are less fortunate, underserved or seeking to be empowered.”
From her official bio:
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where the old traditions of southern charm meets the new excitement of urban progress, she has long been unafraid to walk where others won’t. Fearlessness has always been a way of life as her journey has taken into the diverse worlds of faith, inspiration, creativity, style and beauty. As an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, model and influencer, Braea has strived to serve as a strong example for what a 21st century woman can be.
With a love of fashion, Braea has also made connections in New York City to further pursue her aspirations in the fashion industry.
Miss USA takes place Monday, May 21 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. The pageant will air live on FOX. The Miss Universe pageant will take place at a yet-to-be-determined date.