Miss Black South Carolina
Miss Black International
Jan Bellinger, CEO/Founder:
"Pageantry is more than being judged on your physical appearance, pageantry is an opportunity for self-discovery, self-development, and self-perseverance. When I developed the Miss Black South Carolina in 2010 to be an extension of My Sister's Keeper's Li'l Sista' mentoring program, I had no idea how many young ladies' lives would be impacted.
The Miss Black International pageant program was incorporated in the State of South Carolina in March 2011, however, I decided to not produce a national pageant right away. Instead, I focused on developing the foundation of the Miss Black South Carolina program to be more than a pageant. My desire was to produce a developmental leadership program. In essence, I wanted to take Miss Black International beyond the stage and not be a typical "beauty pageant." Miss Black International is whatever women need it to be to help them in their journey to success. "
Jan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is certified in grant writing and nonprofit development. Jan has helped numerous individuals organize and develop their own nonprofit organizations. In 2016, Jan received the Presidential Lifetime Service Award from President Obama in recognition of the thousands of hours she has dedicated to volunteerism in her community and across the state. To learn more about Jan's dedication to philanthropy visit the My Sister's Keeper Ministry of Restoration website.
In 2010 the Miss Black South Carolina program was developed to provide women with the opportunity to showcase their talent, poise, and grace. The success of the Miss Black South Carolina competition has created the opportunity to go International as Miss Black International. MBSC and MBI exist to provide women all of color the opportunity to develop their social etiquette and leadership skills through pageantry.
Participating in Miss Black International is an opportunity to walk away with life-changing skills, enhanced social decorum, public interview skills, educational opportunities, and professional connections. As a career and education focused program, titleholders promote platform topics that are relevant to their career or educational goals. Women of all ages can use pageantry as a resource to develop, cultivate or launch their career. Whether she is like Diane Sawyer, who dreamed of being a news anchor or Oprah who uses her voice to impact people's lives or an entertainer like Beyonce who used her pageant talent to launch her singing career. Whatever the dreams are, pageants can lead to doors opened in a wide variety of fields, ranging from politics to entertainment.
Miss South Carolina Black International aka as Miss Black South Carolina is an official state preliminary of the Miss Black International competition!