Kayla Shuler of Philadelphia has been crowned Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2015.
Shuler studied dance at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. She is currently studying Supply Chain Management at the Howard University School of Business in Washington. She will graduate from Howard University in Spring 2016.
Shuler is an active member of the Howard University community. In October 2013, she cofounded BEYOND (Because Everything You Overcame Needs Dance). BEYOND encourages youth to make postive changes in their communities through art. Shuler is also the treasurer and fundraising chair of the Howard University Bisonette Dance Ensemble, a mentor, and a member of the Howard University Philadelphia Club. During the summer of 2014, Shuler interned with Target as an Executive Team Lead-Guest and continues to expand herself professionally.
Shuler will be representing Pennsylvania in the Miss Black USA Pageant in August 2015. The mission of the Miss Black USA Pageant is “to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color and to develop the whole woman – mind, body, and spirit.” Founded in 1986, the Miss Black USA Pageant has provided winners with scholarship money, international travel opportunities, modeling contracts, and leadership development.
As Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2015, Shuler has appeared on Hot 107.9 and spoken to teens throughout Philadelphia. On Feb. 13, she is hosting her first event titled Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2015 Presents: Talent Surrounding Us. The talent show and fundraiser will take place at the Finley Recreation Center at 6 p.m. and will highlight Philadelphia youth ages 7-17. Shuler will be giving away cash prizes to the winners and raising money to compete in the Miss Black USA national pageant.