Brooklyne Baker crowned Miss Hampton

Ayana Evans | Staff Writer

Courtesy of Leondra Head

At the annual pageant on Oct. 6 in Ogden Hall, Brooklyne Baker, a senior journalism major from Richmond, became the 60th young woman to take home the crown and title of Miss Hampton University.

Baker’s love for HU is what made her want to run for the honor. After an interview round, swimwear round, talent round and contestant performances, Baker had achieved her goal.

“Being Miss Hampton means everything to me,” Baker said. “I prayed for it every day. I fasted for it. I feel like I did everything in my power to give my best.”

Baker’s mom was a first-generation Hamptonian and enjoyed her college years at HU, so she always instilled the importance of Hampton and its history in Baker as she was growing up.

“Hampton is so important to me, and becoming Miss Hampton is such a milestone for me because I shouldn’t even be here financially,” Baker said. “My mom and I have given everything for me to be here, which is why I told her [that] if I’m going to be here, I’m going to touch as many lives as I can.”

Baker believes Hampton cultivated her into the leader and woman she is today.

While Miss Hampton not only represents the school as a whole, she also represents the standard of a Hampton woman. The definition of the term “Hampton woman” depends on each woman’s personality.

“A Hampton woman is a woman of excellence, a woman of grace [and] a God-fearing woman [who has] a presence in every room,” Baker said. She added that it’s “standing out, but still being humble and not making others feel inferior.”

Baker has been involved in The Greer Dawson Student Leadership Program, New Era Modeling troupe, Ebony Fire and many more student activities throughout her years at Hampton.

Baker’s gift of service makes her stand out. She is passionate about female empowerment and self-love. Her platform is The Good Girl Movement, which started a year ago as a blog. Now, it has expanded to campus organizations at Mississippi State University and Shenandoah University.

The organization is involved in community service and bonding events. Baker explained that The Good Girl Movement is about redefining what it means to be “good.”

“I don’t believe in women being limited,” Baker said. “It’s all about being a multi-layered black woman. It is also about highlighting incredible black women because in the black community, we are prone to negativity and need to be shown in a more positive light.”

Despite the confidence she has today, Baker was not as sure of herself as a child.

“Everyone thought I was so confident when I was really so insecure,” Baker said. “I hated myself. I know how it feels to be so low and not love yourself, which is why I push self-love — because once you realize your full potential, you can touch so many other people.”

As girls in high school and in college still deal with low self-confidence and high self-doubt, Baker wants to be able to advise as many young girls as she can.

Our newly crowned Miss Hampton is still blossoming. She has big plans for this school year and is more than ready to set the standard. Her passion, determination and drive will continue allowing her to accomplish anything she sets her heart on. Brooklyne Baker will undoubtedly leave behind a legacy as the 60th Miss Hampton University.


Beauty tips from beauty queens

Raven Reaves | Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Kyla Wright

With the 2017-2018 Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant today, some students might be inspired to participate in a pageant in the future. Pageant life can be nail-biting, but two of Hampton’s own beauty queens have been there and succeeded.

They know what it takes to have a prosperous pageant career and are here to provide some tips for aspiring contestants.

Kyla Wright, a junior journalism major and sociology minor from De- troit, has been in pageants since middle school and placed second in the 2016- 2017 Miss Black and Gold Pageant, claiming the title Miss Gamma Iota. She is also competing as the only junior in this year’s Miss Hampton University Pageant.


Maya Thames, a sophomore journalism major from Ellicott City, Md., has experience in the National American Miss Pageant and Barbizon modeling competition.
Having self-confidence is key, according to Wright.

“One of the biggest lessons I have learned from one of my pageant coach- es is [that] you are only in competition with yourself,” Wright said. “If you focus on what you are doing and put your best foot forward, that’s how you [will] know you are con dent with yourself.”


You cannot expect to be the best if you do not believe you are your own best. If you are a procrastinator, you may want to rethink your priorities when it comes to pageant life.

Courtesy of Maya Thames

“Be prepared and do not do anything last minute because people will notice,” Thames said.

In the pageant world, no one likes anything rushed, as it is considered unprofessional. For instance, to prepare for the Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant, Wright practiced ve days a week and for about three hours each. She also was required to exercise every Saturday morning lead- ing up to the pageant.

Still, be careful not to get too carried away. Overwork can be bad for your health, physically and mentally. To maintain good health, Thames gives a few suggestions.


“Drink water all of the time,” Thames said. “Drink apple cider vinegar with tea [for clear] skin. Substitute regular products with organic products. It might be more expensive, but it is way better for your health.”

It’s easy to get lost in the glitz and glam of pageant life, but never forget the person you are when you leave that stage.

“Stay true to yourself because you are the only person that really matters,” Wright said. “Remember to stay con dent and remember you are still wonderful.”