On Sunday, Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, won the Miss Universe title at a ceremony in Las Vegas, US. But it was Miss Jamaica who won praise on social media for wearing her natural hair at the beauty pageant, with one Twitter user saying: “Not only did she represent Jamaica she also represented all the black women in the world, unapologetically rocking her beautiful afro”.
Davina Bennet is a second-year marketing student at the University of the West Indies, Bennett has modeled for Pulse at London Fashion Week.
Bennett, who is from Clarendon has also established a foundation for the deaf.
Many wanted to see Miss Jamaica win, not just because she is Black, but because she was classy. She wore her hair in an all-natural style – a very bold move, but it really transcended beauty to millions of people all around the world who think that such a hairstyle is not so attractive.
She is an inspiration for black females. She has inspired them to be comfortable in their own skin.
As we are moving to the end of 2017, we’ve just had our first Afro queen take to the stage at Miss Universe. Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett (born 5 March 1996), competed wearing her natural hair – standing apart from a sea of blowdries. She may not have won the Miss Universe title, her presence is a big coo for beauty inclusivity. And that, she says, was her main aim – to put black beauty front and center.
On Twitter user commented, “[She] represented not only #Jamaica in the #MissUniverse but the black race… She displayed her Afro with pride redefining the competition. Young black girls out there can feel confidence in their natural hair without whitening it.”
Secondly, she had so much grace, intelligence, and confidence. When she was asked, “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?” She replied, “The quality I am most proud of is my drive, my determination. I am the founder of a foundation that spreads awareness for the deaf community, and this platform is such a great platform to just let persons know that these persons need opportunities and need equal opportunities and goals in our society. So Miss Universe competition will be the platform for me to use this foundation to spread awareness for all the deaf people around.”
What an amazing answer! She revealed her true intentions, which was to use the pageant to help people who are less fortunate.
Many say that Miss South Africa only glorified herself in her answers to the questions.To commemorate her remarkable night, reggae singer Anthony Cruz has dedicated his latest single, ‘African Princess’ to Bennett.
Although she lost the pageant contest, Miss Jamaica posted a humble message on Instagram thanking her fans. She wrote, “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 to the finals, I represented my little island and I received all the love one could possibly wish for.”