Carole Gist

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Carole Gist
Carole Anne-Marie Gist

(1969-05-08) May 8, 1969 (age 54)
EducationCass Technical High School
Northwood University
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Michigan USA 1990
Miss USA 1990
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Miss USA 1990
Miss Universe 1990
(1st Runner-Up)

Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) is an American TV host, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 1990. Gist was the first African American woman to win the Miss USA title.[1]

Gist first won the title of Miss Michigan USA and went on to win the Miss USA crown on March 2, 1990, in Wichita, Kansas.[1][2] The 1990 pageant had representatives from Georgia (Brenda Leithleiter), Alaska (Karin Elizabeth Meyer), Kentucky (Tiffany Tenfelde), South Carolina (Gina Tolleson, who as first runner-up then went on to represent the country at the Miss World pageant, winning the title) and Karin Hartz of New Jersey making up with Gist the Top 6 finalists. Gist, a 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Detroit native,[1] 20 years old at the time, eventually became first runner-up to Mona Grudt of Norway in the Miss Universe pageant of that same year. She was also the first contestant from Michigan to win Miss USA, and broke the five-year streak of winners from Texas.

Personal life[edit]

Gist is a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. At the time of her coronation, she was a junior marketing and management major at Northwood University at Midland, Michigan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Carthane, Ardis (26 March 1990). "Carole Gist: Miss USA tells how she rose from ghetto to national fame". Jet. pp. 58–60. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Miss USA Past Titleholders". Miss Universe Organisation. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2010.