America's Touch of Class

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America's Mrs. History

Upon being announced as Mrs. America’s Touch of Class 2009, Tiffani Dunklin, a 27 year-old resident of New Orleans, LA was absolutely astounded! Having never competed in the pageant system, she never knew what God really had in store for her future. This was the day she became the first African American to be crowned the national beauty queen for the Mrs. Division.

Tiffani is the daughter of LaWanda Ratchford and Terry Kimble and has two Sisters La’Toya and Jada and three brother-in-laws Louis, Jared and Brennan. She grew up in Forrest City, Arkansas and is a 1999 graduate of Forrest City High School. She was a student at Arkansas State University graduated from the university in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and a minor in HR Management in just three years.

While a student at the university, Dunklin pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was very involved in numerous organizations. In 2006 she earned an MBA from Dowling College. She currently works as a Professional Pharmaceutical Healthcare Representative for Pfizer, Inc. During her reign as Mrs. America’s Touch of Class 2009, Tiffani would like to show young people that you don’t have to be born with everything to be successful.

Determination, character and drive are so much more important than things with only materialistic value. She is working with NFL/YET Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Awesome Ladies of Distinction Mentoring Program, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She also plans to continue volunteering and speaking with Dress for Success in New Orleans. She never would have made it this far without her wonderful and handsome husband, Aaron Dunklin. Tiffani looks forward to motivating and being a mentor for the youth of AMERICA.

Her Platform: Single family households

A good pageant platform is something that touches your heart or your life, something you genuinely care about, something that drives you to make a difference, something that contributes to a better quality of life! I feel that I can truly uplift individuals in the community by sharing my story with others. I feel you have to experience something in life in order to testify about it.

As a child of a single family household, my firsthand experience enables me to connect to children in a way others cannot. I answer their questions, listen to their fears and thoughts, and offer my friendship/mentorship to ensure that no child suffers the guilt of believing divorce and/or separation is his or her fault. Whether speaking to an assembly of students about different types of families or with one child struggling with anger, I enjoy sharing my time, my heart, and my voice with the people of my community and other communities.

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