A University of Texas-Austin student is dealing with a lot of backlash and Twitter trolls after being crowned as the 2017 Miss Black University of Texas at an annual pageant. The pageant, in its 35th year, was hosted by the Iota Delta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, took place Sunday on the UT campus. For nearly five hours, the eight contestants danced, sang, acted, shared personal experiences, pitched their platforms, answered questions and gracefully walked across the stage in heels and gowns.
Rachael Malonson, a biracial UT journalism senior, was crowned the winner. Malonson actually anticipated skeptical responses to her participation. "I wasn't sure if I would even place in the pageant because I wasnât sure they would think I was 'black enough'," she told USA TODAY College. She decided to enter anyway. "I chose to do the pageant to gain a deeper inner confidence before I graduate, while breaking stereotypes that black people or mixed-race people have to look a certain way," she said. After the fraternity posted photos of the pageant to Twitter, Malonson said, random people began to flood in with comments about her not being black enough - or not even being black at all.