Babson College sophomore Kamisha Lauture has been named Miss Black Massachusetts USA 2014.

As a state titleholder Kamisha will be raising awareness for heart disease in support of the Heart Truth’s campaign. “It’s great that the Miss Black USA organization is supporting the Heart Truth Campaign.  I am very much into healthy eating and fitness which are both ways to help reduce the risk of getting heart disease. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women and that needs to change. I am hoping that with my title I can help people develop healthier eating habits.”

At Babson she is active in Babson TV, which consists of a group of students who wish to follow their passions in communications and public speaking to more effectively convey campus news via Babson TV broadcasts.  View her interview with Babson Nutritionist Laura Hartung, RD about healthy eating.

The Massachusetts native and Brockton High School graduate began participating in pageants during her freshman year of college as a way to challenge herself and to get closer to accomplishing her life goals.

Kamisha Lauture

Kamisha Lauture

“As a young girl I was extremely shy but I knew the type of woman I wanted to become,” she said.   “I wanted to be confident, self-assured, to feel beautiful, and to make an impact on people’s lives. Pageants allowed me to do that. I remember prior to college, how shy, uncomfortable, and insecure I used to feel just walking down the hallway. Now I am strutting down a stage in glamorous dresses and in swimwear, in front of hundreds of people. The transformation is really a beautiful thing.”

Kamisha will be competing for the Miss Black USA national title in Washington D.C. on August 11th. She is raising funds to cover travel expenses.

She received the Miss Black Massachusetts USA 2014 title on January 30th, 2014.