Miss Tennessee's Outstanding Teen, Taylor Black


Born into a large family in Birmingham, Alabama, Taylor Black learned quickly that the best thing in life is family, and helping one another. Seeing her love and desire to help others, her cheer coach suggested she become involved with the MAO to compete for scholarships and promote a platform important to her. At her very first pageant she was blessed to receive Miss Congeniality, and she was crowned Miss Sumner County’s Outstanding Teen! 17 year old Taylor was set to compete for Miss Tennessee’s outstanding teen in March of 2020. Due to Covid-19 the competition was postponed for a year. In March of 2021 competed and was crowned Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen. 


Choosing a platform she wanted to share with the world was easy for Taylor. Her platform is called Lupus: the invisible disease. Lupus is rarely talked about in a world full of diseases. In many cases, it is invisible. She wants to educate others about Lupus and how we must keep fighting for a cure. 


Moving away from her hometown was difficult, but getting involved in her new community helped. The city of Gallatin and Sumner County have embraced her with open arms. Taylor is a senior at Gallatin High School where she is a cheerleader, student ambassador, peer leader, member of the Performers choir and several other clubs and organizations! 


“Being the first African American to be Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen means everything to me! Representation really matters! It’s hard to be what you can’t see. 

For more information on Miss Tennessee's Outstanding Teen, contact hollie.alexander@misstennessee.org.