Justina Miles is an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter who made headlines with her Super Bowl LVII performance.
The 20-year-old dominated headlines alongside superstars like Rihanna, which has prompted questions about the performer.
If you’re also curious about Justina, here’s everything you should know about her.
Justina Miles Made History With Her Super Bowl Performance
When Justina performed at the Super Bowl, she became the first female deaf ASL performer to do so in history.
In an interview with CNBC, the interpreter considered the opportunity she received a great honor.
She wants deaf people everywhere to enjoy significant events like the Super Bowl without feeling like they are missing out.
I value the opportunity to make it possible for all deaf people to enjoy these songs and not have them miss out on the full Super Bowl experience.
#JustinaMiles made history as the as the first deaf person to perform the ASL rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the Black national anthem, at the Super Bowl. You also saw her body the Rihanna performance, where she left NO crumbs.#SuperBowl2023 #SuperBowlLVII pic.twitter.com/5CaC45EIGH
— blkwomenshealth (@blkwomenshealth) February 13, 2023
She Competed in The Deaflympics
Justina was part of the 2021-2022 Brazil Deaflympics.
She represented the USA through the 4×100 women’s track relay team and took home the silver medal.
It’s like Justina succeeds in everything she tries.
Justina First Went Viral In 2020
@blabbertok Justina Miles ASL interpretation of 1990s “Crush On You” by Lil Kim. @phillyqt12 #justinamiles #asl #americansignlanguage #superbowllvii #lilkim #crushonyouchallenge ♬ Crush on You (Desert Eagle Discs Remix) [Short] – Lil’ Kim
The Super Bowl wasn’t the first time Justina went viral.
That honor belongs to 2020 when she participated in the TikTok #crushonyouchallenge.
Justina performed part of Lil Kim’s hit song, “Crush on You.”
She used the social media network to inspire other deaf persons and posts relatable content for them.
The Performer Attends An HBCU
While fame can quickly get into our heads and make us do some dumb things, Justina Miles has no scruples.
The ASL entertainer attends Bowie State University and is pursuing nursing.
She Was Also A Valedictorian
Justina clearly takes her studies seriously.
She was the valedictorian in her high school year at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C.
Her Mom Is Also Deaf
Justina was raised by a deaf mom.
In fact, her family has both deaf and hearing people.
Justina’s mom gave her solid advice for her Super Bowl performance: to be her authentic Black Deaf self.
Justina Miles Is An Inspiration
Justina Miles isn’t just an inspiration to deaf people; she is also motivation to become our best selves despite any obstacles (both internal and external) we might face.
the sign language interpreter did not come to play pic.twitter.com/u4FL2gjxru
— fan account (@badestoutfit) February 13, 2023
Rihanna’s Super bowl performance was so fire even the sign language interpreter knew she had to let the deaf community get the same experience pic.twitter.com/YBAW5U4WGU
— Yousef K. Altayara (@yousefaltayara) February 13, 2023