She also won the Everything but Water Swimsuit award, announced during the preliminary competition.Stewart is the second African American to win the crown at Miss Texas USA; Chelsi Smith was crowned Miss Texas USA 1995 (and later Miss USA and Miss Universe).
The following year she competed in the Miss Houston local pageant and placed first runner-up to Lauren Lanning.
She competed at Miss Texas USA 2006 as Miss Harris County, and placed first runner-up to Lanning for the second time.
in Consumer Science and Merchandising, she is a fourth generation educator and teacher.
Stewart won the title of Miss USA 2008 after five attempts for the crown.
She represented Texas in the Miss USA 2008 pageant held in April 2008.