"Think of all the beauty history missed because it confined the word for the world. Think of all the beauty history missed because the world preferred straight over curled. Congrats," another user wrote.
Garris' historic win can't help but to make us wonder how many other black beauty queens also wanted to wear their natural coils but felt pressured to do otherwise.
People also made note of the former Miss Teen USA.
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Garris was crowned by former Miss Teen USA Hailey Colborn, another young black woman. "Kaleigh Garris is the new Miss Teen USA for 2019. I am so happy to see she’ll be representing for our girls. Such an exciting year for black girls! It’s also a special moment to see her crowned by 2018’s winner Hailey."
Other believed that Garris deserved more than the Miss Teen USA platform.
"Congrats, to Kaleigh Garris thank you for being fierce and going against the grain. You deserve a better platform than Miss Teen USA; to shine. It's sad it only took about 36 years to have a coily-afro, black girl to win," said a critic of the sometimes controversial and less-than-inclusive pageant.
Watching the crown get placed on top of her bigger crown (her hair, that is) was nothing short of amazing.
A black girl won Miss Teen USA and they had to put the crown on top of her curly fro. I couldn't be more proud.