Miss Black America Bahamas 2018
Ashlea A. Archer presented The Bahamas and Florida at this year's Miss Black America Pageant in August. She is originally from Abaco island in The Bahamas, and came to the USA for college in 2006. She currently has bachelor's degree in biology, her master's degree in Medical Science and is enrolled in a doctoral program in Higher Education. Professionally, she is a college professor and her discipline is the biological sciences. She has a profound respect for the human body and has had the privilege to teach anatomy and physiology courses to undergraduate college students in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Polk counties.
You may be asking, why was an academic interested in a beauty pageant? That's a fair question. She was not just interested in just any pageant. She pursued the Miss Black America, a pageant, a historic organization celebrating its 50th year as the oldest pageant for women of color. This pageant celebrates diversity and the many shapes and colors of beauty found in the Black community. As a black woman, Ashlea wanted Miss Black America to be a part of her story. Beauty is not outside of the scope of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Ashlea finds beauty in her profession daily and wanted to show young women that you can be both. You can be anything you want. You can love STEM, as she does, and value whatever beauty is unique to you. Ashlea won the SOMBA (Sisterhood of Miss Black America) Business Pitch Off, placed Top 10 in Talent, Top 10 in Projection and Top Ten Overall. She currently represents the international Miss Black America organization as Miss Black America Bahamas.