Miss Jamaica Universe Sports Afro And Redefines Beauty at Miss Universe Contest

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Published on November 29, 2017 with No Comments

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On Sunday evening November 26, 2017, Davina Bennett took the world by storm. Bennett, a native of Jamaica, was the 2nd runner up in this year’s Miss Universe contest. Although I am not a proponent of so-called “beauty pageants”, this year’s Miss Universe contest was VERY interesting.

 Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett

Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett

 

I didn’t watch the show so I was a little taken aback by all the “noise” i.e. emails/texts I began receiving regarding Miss Jamaica Universe contestant Davina Bennett who finished as the 2nd Runner Up.  As I began reading and researching I realized that Bennett had done what no other Miss Universe contestant had ever done … she rocked an afro and it was amazing! 

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 26: Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett competes in the evening gown competition during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

 

Although Davina ultimately came in as the 2nd runner-up, this Caribbean Queen rocked her exquisite Afro on a world stage for all to see.  She made a statement about beauty and this was a major moment for diversity and inclusiveness.

 

I did not win but I got what I was seeking. I won the hearts of many, I got to highlight Deaf awareness, I stand as the first afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possibly wish for…. THANK YOU!!! I came, I conquered and if you know me, then you know that’s just another story and you will be seeing a lot more from me💃😉👑 To all the queens that represented, congrats and to our new Miss Universe @demileighnp go conquer the world you are indeed a gem!😍😙 @thedavinabennettfoundation it’s time to lift you up! P.S. Back on Jamaican soil early and bright a mawning!!!💃💃💃💃♥💛💚 #davinabennett #missuniverse #majoraccomplishment #yourjamaicanqueen #theywillrememberme

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The 23-year-old model and philanthropist has been outspoken about wanting to shatter existing Eurocentric beauty standards. “I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” she wrote on Instagram following the competition, “I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far.”

Davina recently told the Jamaica Observer, when asked which beauty stereotypes needed to be challenged, she responded, “Short, natural hair which I feel should be embraced more, and not ignored.” .  You go girl, you’re a winner in my book!!

RCS Sidebar:  Wendy Fitzwilliam Miss Universe 1998 from Trinidad and Tobago was one of the judges!

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