Kimberly Clarice Aiken Clarice Aiken Cockerham was Miss America 1994. Aiken was 18 years old when she won the popular title, and was only the fifth woman of African descent to get the crown. She won Miss Columbia and Miss South Carolina en direction to her 1994 Miss America crown. Aiken used the dilemma of the homeless as her platform. Her year of service as Miss America helped make public awareness about homelessness and brought a better public understanding of this significant social dilemma. Aiken has made numerous television appearances and was once documented by People Magazine as one of the "Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World". After graduating from New York University, Aiken pursues a career in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP, one of the Big Four secretarial firms. Today, she is an image consultant and motivational speaker. A professional speaker for almost ten years, she entertains and inspires audiences with her programs, using her varied experiences and sharing stories of overcoming obstacles.
October 11, 1975
Columbia, South Carolina United States
Birth name
Kimberly Clarice Aiken
Miss Columbia, SC
Miss South Carolina 1994
Miss America 1994
Major competition(s)
Miss America 1994

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