Imani Blackmon grew up as an only child so she had to learn ways to be creative and keep herself entertained at a young age. Keeping her parents busy, Imani trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap and contemporary dance styles growing up, leading her to have a career at the Walt Disney Company as a professional dancer in their shows and parades, where she performs for people traveling from all across the world.
When Imani is not performing at "The Happiest Place on Earth" she is a student majoring in Broadcast Journalism at Bellevue University with a certificate in Family Sciences. Imani currently works for AfterBuzz TV, The ESPN of talk shows, as a host, with aspirations to become a Entertainment Correspondent on a major news outlet.
This 25-year old is passionate about making representation and inclusion in media, society and the workplace a top priority by working with organizations like Miss Amazing, You Grow Girl!, Best Buddies and more that make an effort to have inclusiveness at their forefront. Imani's mission is to be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody.
I am a co-author in a published book called "She Wants to Move". This book showcases women that champion the voice of ambitious females worldwide through a collaborated publication. I was given the chance to tell my story and inspire others with this book and I couldn't be more proud of this project. This book can be ordered online.
I was the first African-American Miss Washington Teen USA. I was crowned in 2013 and made history as the state’s first black titleholder.
I competed in the Junior Olympics for Track & Field. I earned a spot and placed with my team in the 4x4 relay and individually in the 100m race.
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