The main program objective is to provide prom beauty queen makeovers to high school minority senior girls who have excelled despite facing adversity while also providing an online safe space to empower queens of all ages to embrace their differences and stand out loud and proud!



The Tanae Desire Misfit Queen Movement strives to empower minority girls and woman to see the queen in them by providing mentoring services to promote self love and development. Chosen MisFit High School Senior Queens who are pillars in their school and community will be rewarded with prom beauty queen makeovers and potentially scholarships. 

Image by Allie Smith
Image by Allie Smith






MISFIT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR QUEEN PROJECT-- Prom beauty queen makeovers are provided annually for selected high school minority girls. Girls must maintain a certain GPA and all other requirements and submit an essay by the designated deadline. Chosen girls will receive a lace crown from Desire Queen Hair and a full face makeup application. There is a possibility that prom dresses will also be provided and nail full set will be done based off funding, volunteers, and donations. If funding is available scholarships will be rewarded on a limited basis.


An online portal providing mentoring services for minority girls and woman:

(Fashion, job readiness, college prep, and business/ entrepreneurial development)

MISFIT TEEN QUEENDOM (specifically for junior high & high school queens)

MISFIT YOUNG MOM QUEENDOM (specifically for young moms up to age 21)

MISFIT SUPER QUEENDOM (for all queens18+)

*Other Tools & Resources*

Self Love MisFit Queen 30 Day Challenge

Queen Affirmations & Reflections

MisFit Queen Journal/ Planner/ Calendar

MisFit Queen Merchandise/ Accessories


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Hello Everyone,

My name is Tanae Costley also known as Tanae Desire. Growing up I never really felt beautiful. I was the brown skin girl. The one with the skin. I didn’t understand how beautiful my skin was. I didn’t understand how beautiful I was. Before I moved to Baltimore I lived in a small town in PA where my family was the only black family and out of all my siblings (my mommy and daddy kids) I was the one with the darker skin. They are light skin and I remember the times they teased me for not blending in because of the color of my skin.  When we were young at one point it seemed like they never let me forget how brown my skin was.  They would tell me I didn’t belong in the family since I was a darker shade. We were all kids then, but I know now that form of teasing was just the tip of the iceberg called colorism that made me feel ashamed of what I looked like. Everybody at home was light skin besides my dad and my older brother (my father’s first child) who didn’t live with us.

          Then when I went to school I knew I was different. My family was the only black family. Everybody was white and I was not light skin. I was brown BROWN. I stood out like a sore thumb.  They would call me names even in Kindergarten like a burnt chocolate chip cookie. They would chose me last in gym class when picking teams even though I was the most athletic girl. They chose me last because of my skin. When I figured that out, I didn’t know what to do or how to feel because I knew that was something I could never change. One of my teachers even tried to keep me out of the gifted program even though I was a straight A student and had the highest GPA. Meanwhile, I’m in 3rd and 4th grade testing 3 to 4 grade levels ahead at an all-white school. Some of my teachers would put me down and I didn’t understand why, but I now know what I experienced was racism. They could not fathom the fact that a black girl with my skin tone could rank so high. Even though I knew I was smarter and above average, that did not make me feel beautiful. I felt like every time I accomplished something at school they would try to take it away from me because of the color of my skin. However that never stopped me from pushing forward and excelling in all my gifted classes up until I left that school and moved from that small town to Baltimore, MD.

          When I found out I was moving to Baltimore a majority black city in the 5th grade, I just knew I would fit in. I kind of daydreamed about how awesome it would be to go to school with people that looked just like me. When I actually got there it was nothing like I had daydreamed as a young girl. I learned very quickly that I didn’t really fit in there either. You might be asking why not? I was finally around my own people. Right? Right! Even though there was all different shades of brown around me, my peers made sure they checked me for everything. I mean for things I didn’t have no control over. I remember my first day of school it was more so like.. “Who she think she is? She think she better than us because she got long hair or something? Oh she think she smart! Oh she talk different! She sounds funny”.  So yup my perfect daydream was quickly shattered, but once again that did not stop me from excelling. I ranked and reigned #1 in the Baltimore Urban Debate League for years. I became a Ben Carson scholar in the 6th grade and I graduated from Waverly Middle School as the Valedictorian with a 99.9 GPA. I spent some of my summers outside of Baltimore like a nerd attending the Regional Math and Science Center residential program at Frostburg State University. Many childhood days I would also escape to the library. I could stay in and read an 800 page Harry Potter book in one day. Yeah I was definitely different as a child.

          I went on to attend Baltimore City College High School one of the most prestigious college prep high schools in the country. My life took a drastic change in the 9th grade when I lost my dad the day after my 15th birthday. Even though I had lost my hero, I still did not let that stop me. I still excelled. I still maintained a high GPA and graduated. My dad was the only person that I felt like truly understood me. I was daddy’s girl. When I was with my dad I never felt like a misfit. My dad never got a chance to say goodbye, but he literally told me a few months before he died that his favorite line of my valedictorian speech was “why say goodbye when it is really a new beginning as we cross over into new horizons”. Even as a child I was preaching that life is a journey and how it is important to follow your dreams and to stay on the path to success. As the owner of two businesses; Desire Queen Hair and Costley Virtual Support, I believe the next chapter of my journey is to fully step into my destiny which is to lead and inspire others especially young girls that may feel like they don’t fit in. Young queens that keep striving for success, smashing their goals, breaking down barriers, and beating the odds no matter what is thrown in their path that attempts to stop them.  Young queens that feel out of place like I once secretly did.

          You know what? No matter how smart I was, I never felt beautiful and like I fit in. I felt like a misfit. It didn't help that even though I worked hard I was still not able to have the prom experience I desired. I remember even working at a grocery store every day after school just to have to settle for a dress I could afford. I was so embarrassed I had to borrow money for my prom pictures from a friend. I want to be able to provide the ultimate prom experience to high school minority girls that work hard and are pillars in their school & community. I believe that girls that have overcome adversity should not have to worry about all of the expenses that prom can cost. That is one of the main reasons why I started the Tanae Desire Misfit Queen Movement nonprofit. I know there are girls out there like me that now feel how I once felt.  There were many times in life where I was rejected and not accepted, but I didn't let that stop me.  I want to encourage all queens to follow their dreams  and desires to unlock their highest power on their journey to success. This Movement strives to help all females embrace their differences by promoting self-love and development creating a online safe space to serve as the support system that we sometimes lack. Prom beauty queen makeovers will be provided annually for those who meet GPA and all other requirements. Be conscious and be the change. Donate today to make my vision possible and make a well deserving girl feel beautiful and embrace the queen in them.







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A safe space to empower junior high and high school queens .

A safe space to empower young moms queens up to age 21

A safe space to empower all queens 18+.





Are you a senior in high school? Are you a leader in your school and community? Do you stand out from the crowd? Never felt like you fit in? Interested in becoming a Misfit Queen? I want to hear your story! How have you beat the odds?

*Please submit a copy of your report card and an essay explaining why you should be Misfit Queen? What makes you different? What makes you stand out from the crowd? Why do you deserve a prom beauty queen makeover? Essay has to be typed in Times Roman 12pt font. Essay has to be a minimum of 1 page and a maximum of 2* 


Be a minority senior girl in high school

Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Located in the United States

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