But Courtney tells Michel that as far as she knows, race wasn't a factor in the voting that made her queen.
"I definitely do not think that race came up," Courtney said. As a friend told her, " 'I had no idea that we had never had a black homecoming queen' " before, and that " 'it's important for you to know that we didn't vote for you because you are black. ... We voted for you because we thought you were deserving."
Something that also didn't come up during the campaign for queen is her size, Courtney said. "I never heard anything, honestly nothing negative, until after the election was won," she said, and the negative comments about her full figure were from "people who don't go here."