When I created the concept of the Noire Pageant, it was necessary to me that the first image anyone saw to promote the pageant was a beautiful woman of color. Most importantly, a woman with a berry hue to make a political statement and to honor my self-love journey. The choice for the Face of my pageant was none other than the royal rebel herself, Miss Tutu Toussaint of Toussaint Tinctures. Tutu is also a part of the planning committee for The Noire Pageant and a volunteer.
My goal is to change the face of beauty and to live in a world that celebrates dark skin, ethnic culture, and features. My goal is to live in a world where performers of color receive equal pay, opportunities, and adoration for their beauty and talent. I want performers of color to be the standard of beauty. We are beautiful and talented and deserve mainstream success and notoriety.
About Tutu Toussaint:
Tutu Toussaint was born into the royal lineage of the Ashanti people of Ghana. Growing up in Kumasi, Tutu’s love for her people became clear from a young age. When you look in her eyes, you see the spirits of her ancestors, fierce women who defended the kingdom from invaders.
Tutu left her homeland and now travels the world to defend her people by cleverly casting spells on her enemies through seduction. Her travels have brought her to the magical lands of Haiti, China, and New Orleans; but she now calls the "House of Noire" in New York City home. One day she will return to Kumasi to claim the throne that is rightfully hers.
Tutu is a warrior, winning battles in the royal court and on stage while maintaining her regal demeanor. She wields her power through the alluring movement of her body, with enchanting grace, glamour, and style, hypnotizing all who dare to compete or even watch.
Her reputation precedes her. Many think twice before challenging Tutu Toussaint, the "Royal Rebel of Burlesque".
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