Miss Jamaica gained notoriety in the Miss Universe Pageant even though she came in at second place due to her wearing natural hair. She wore it well and gave many women out there sporting natural hair styles more encouragement to wear their hair natural. Hey if a beauty pageant contestant can wear their hair natural and get so far in the competition other can and still be beautiful. Hats off to Miss Jamaica for killing it in an Afro.
At the 2017 Miss Universe pageant, 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. Even if Davina ultimately didn’t win the crown (she was in the top three, named second runner-up), seeing her on stage wearing her Afro throughout the competition was a major win for inclusivity.
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.”