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Nia Sanchez crowned Miss USA 2014 (Image:Miss USA)

Erika Dunlap former Miss America

Erika Dunlap Miss America 2004

Dunlap is the first and only black woman to win the Miss Florida crown. She went on to become Miss America 2004.

Dunlap, now a public relations guru, motivational speaker, and diversity advocate, created the The Crown Jewel Foundation. They invest in the lives of young women, encouraging them to “Strive for excellence and overcome obstacles.” She is also a reinvention strategist and motivational speaker who competed on CBS’ “The Amazing Race.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Dunlap has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses.