1st African American Woman Crowned in International Cinderella Pageant

For Lana Henry, being the first African American to win the Cinderella International Woman pageant in its 28-year history is only one dimension of a personality that shines both inside and out.  


Founded in 1976, the Cinderella Scholarship Pageant is now in its third decade as the world’s largest and most prestigious scholarship pageant for young women in the world. The pageant awards over 1.5 million dollars annually thru its local, state and international pageants and awards $100,000 each year in cash, prizes, and scholarships at its International Grand Finals. 


The graduate of Azusa Pacific University currently works as a sworn Deputy Probation Officer at a Los Angeles County Probation Camp, and has been with the probation department for six years. Her personal platform deals with female offenders and youth development issues in programming. Henry was also the first delegate from the state of California to take home California’s first Overall International crown since 1979. 


The International Cinderella Woman division is open to young women single or married, ages 18-26, from any where in the world. The competition consists of a one on one personal interview with each judge, a talent segment, casual wear modeling with personal introduction, and evening gown competition with a surprise onstage question.  


In her spare time, Lana Henry enjoys singing opera, tap dancing, modeling and acting. After close to 15 years in the pageant industry, she has started her own consulting, coaching, training, and event planning business called Pageant Style Productions out of Ontario, California. Through pageantry and performing arts Henry has performed all over California, New York, Las Vegas, Florida, Washington D.C., Mexico, and Japan.


She has been a modeling and acting instructor for John Robert Powers International, Silhouette International Modeling and Kidz Talent. Some of her other pageant titles include Miss Coast, Miss California Coed, Miss Upland and Miss Chino.