- Carole Ann-Marie Gist, born May 8, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan.
- Gist is of African American and Cherokee heritage.
- Gist won the title of Miss Michigan USA in 1989 and then won the title of Miss America March 2, 1990.
- She was the first contestant from Michigan to win Miss USA and broke the 5 year streak of winners from Texas.
- Gist was 5’11” and the tallest Miss America
- At the time of her crowning she was a junior majoring in marketing and management at Northwood University in Midland.
- Currently, Gist is married with 2 children.
- She works for a Detroit area construction company and a fitness trainer at Wayne State University.