Sullivan, 20, of Gary, was selected from among 23 contestants in the 23rd annual pageant Sunday night. She succeeds Rosie Jones, 22, of Hartford. At age 20,Sharmell Sullivan, a mathematics and biomedical engineering student won the 1991 Miss Black America pageant (she was Miss Black Indiana.)She was selected from among 23 contestants in the 23rd annual pageant Sunday night. She succeeded Rosie Jones, 22, of Hartford, Conn. Sullivan, was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta, was the valedictorian at Gary Roosevelt High School in Atlanta in 1988. The 5-foot-7 Sullivan also was named Miss Photogenic by the media. Her prizes include $3,000 in cash and two vacations.
After winning the title, Sullivan began a career in professional dance, touring with several hip hop artists and R&B bands, including a 3½ year stint with James Brown. She is an American professional wrestling valet and occasional wrestler - the wife of Booker T. She is best known for her work as Queen Sharmell withWWE until her release in 2007. She first came to prominence in the wrestling world as Storm, a member of the World Championship Wrestling dance troupe the Nitro Girls and Paisley. She also performed for Total Nonstop Action from 2007 until leaving the company in 2009.