Miss South Africa, 22-year old Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was the winner of this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but many people feel that Miss Jamaica, 23-year old Davina Bennett, was the one who really deserved the title.
Black people in particular wanted to see Miss Jamaica win, not just because she is Black, but because she truly was classy. First off all, she wore her hair in an all-natural style – a very bold move, but something that really transcended beauty to millions of people all around the world who think that such a hair style is unattractive.
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.
Even after losing the pageant, 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 thus far, I represented my little island and I received all the love one could possible wish for.”