|Full name||Tameka LaNae James|
|Hometown||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Alma mater||Roosevelt University|
|Beauty Pageant Career|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Major competitions|| 1st Miss Illinois Competition|
1st Miss USA Competition
Life and careerEdit
James was born in Chicago, Illinois to Porsha James, a single mother who works as a hairdresser. Her father left the family shortly after finding out that her mother was pregnant, and James has never met him. She has one younger maternal half-sister, Tina. The family lived in poverty, and James was raised in the Fuller Park neighborhood.
James attended public schooling in Chicago, graduating from Tilden High School where she was active in their musical theatre department. After graduating, she began attending Roosevelt University, and graduated with a musical theatre degree. She is the first person in her family to graduate from college. After graduating, she has worked as a musical theatre actress, dance instructor, and Chicago Luvabulls dancer.
James began her pageantry career while competing in the 1st Miss Illinois Competition. She went on to win the competition, becoming Miss Illinois. She will now represent Illinois in the 1st Miss USA Competition.