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Kayla Morgan, 27, of Baltimore will compete for the title of Miss Maryland USA 2021 on July 24 and July 25, 2021 at The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda.
Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She was a 2019 cohort member of the Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship, an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, receiving a citation from the Mayor of Baltimore for her work in her local community.
Most recently, she was honored with a citation from the Secretary of Commerce for her dedication and contributions while working at the Maryland State Arts Council.
“As an artist, arts administrator and educator, my goal is to inspire others to realize their own potential through creativity, service, and education for myself and my community,” Morgan said.
Morgan mentors young girls in Baltimore, regularly volunteers at the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, and assists in fundraising and programming initiatives for several non-profits across the state. She says that if she were to win the title of Miss Maryland USA 2021, she would, “leverage her title to promote positive change and inclusivity for historically resilient communities by utilizing the transformative power of the arts.”
Morgan would also leave a lasting legacy as the first openly LGBTQ+ Miss Maryland USA.
Her sponsors for the pageant are Esteem Beauty Boutique and Cash Captures, both local women-owned small businesses. The Miss Maryland USA® and Miss Maryland Teen USA® pageants are the Official Preliminaries to the Miss USA® and Miss Teen USA® pageants.