Miss Connecticut USA – Shavana Clarke


Shavana is a first-generation Jamaican-American and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, who’s honored to be the first openly lesbian Miss USA state titleholder. Earning a BFA in acting from the University of Connecticut, Shavana works as a sales coordinator, model, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Shavana’s passion for crocheting quickly turned into a trendy crochet-wear line named Sour Candy Studio, where she makes unique and fun one-of-a-kind sustainable pieces including her swimsuit for her state competition.

Shavana’s mental health challenges inspired her to create a blog #YourMentalHealthBestie, to share her own experiences on social media to help educate and encourage others.