In the recently held 66th / 2017 Miss Universe competition at The Axis in Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Miss Jamaica stood out because she was the only one rocking afro hair. Though Nigeria didn’t win (hopefully we can make a difference next year), Miss Jamaica certainly made waves and won a major moment for black girls everywhere.
Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett became the talk of the night for wearing an Afro. She stood out among the sea of blown-out, straight styles you typically see on beauty queens and was celebrated across social media for proudly wearing her natural hair, especially considering how we still hear stories about women being told their curls are “inappropriate” at work and school.
This also comes in the wake of the Victoria secret show which is another show celebrating.beauty, having a large number of black models on their show in their natural fro, such a huge win for inclusivity and diversity in beauty, don’t you think?
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.”
And Afro girls was definitely very happy about this as they supported and cheered her on.
Though she didn’t win, she came in second and this has to mean something, I’m certain there’s a little black girl out here who would see that one of the most beautiful women in the world has a fro like hers and know that she is beautiful too. See more of her pics below