BLACK VOICES 07/16/2018 04:28 pm ET Updated 1 day ago A Black Woman Just Won Miss Universe Great Britain For The First Time Ever Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers said it’s time “girls of all ethnicities can see that this is something for everybody, not just some of us.”
By Alanna Vagianos
Kev Wise/Miss Universe Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers (center) alongside the runners-up after the Miss Universe Great Britain competition. 1.9k
Kentish-Rogers, 25, is the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain since the pageant’s inception in 1952. The newly crowned beauty queen hails from Anguilla, a British territory, and will go on to represent Anguilla and the United Kingdom at the international Miss Universe competition, which will take place in the Philippines in December.
“It’s really humbling and I think it’s also a privilege for me to become the first black woman who is crowned Miss Universe Great Britain,” she told BuzzFeed News. “I believe that this is the direction that the pageant has been going in for the last couple of years because Britain is a diverse nation, we are a multicultural society and it is time that that diversity is seen on a stage where other young black girls and girls of all ethnicities can see that this is something for everybody not just some of us.”
Kentish-Rogers competed in Newport, Wales, against 40 other women from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British overseas territories.
Kentish-Rogers, who was crowned Miss Anguilla last year, is also a competitive athlete, winning a silver medal in heptathlon in the Central American and Caribbean Games and a bronze medal in the CARIFTA Games.
Before her win, Kentish-Rogers told Pageants News that she believes she is the first woman to compete in Miss Universe Great Britain with locs.
“To my knowledge, I am the first dreadlocked woman to walk across a Miss Universe Great Britain stage and that is absolutely most exciting to me,” she said.
The national director for Miss Universe Great Britain, Paula Abbandonato, told BuzzFeed that she is “absolutely delighted” by Kentish-Rogers’ win.
“I took over this role in 2008 and I can honestly say there is no better gift [than] having our first black winner to celebrate 10 years in the job,” she said. “Dee-Ann is a true role model for all women of all skin colours and with her dynamism off the stage, coupled with her presence on the stage, I genuinely believe Great Britain has a chance at the Miss Universe crown this year.”
Fans congratulated Kentish-Rogers on Twitter after she was crowned Miss Universe Great Britain.
“I loveeee when people break ‘beauty standards’, especially my fellow dark skin women. Our uniqueness should be celebrated, not merely tolerated,” one
I'm not all that big on 'beauty' pageants, but I find this very delightful news, considering that she looks every bit of being unquestionably a 'Black' woman; she's probably even a 'pure' Black, since she is very likely African.
Me neither. I have my own interpretation of beauty in women...and it ain't what massa has beauty is but I thought this was wonderful but she is a dark skinned black woman. And that should be celebrated cuz it has taken a long for folks to recognize that beauty comes in all shades and it has absolutely nothing to do with physicality....although men like for women to think it's about the outside. I just found it refreshing what direction the pageants are moving towards. Miss America pageants are currently fighting over whether or not to include bathing suits competition....and you know white girl is mad as hell cuz that's ALL she got...temporarily. And that's not beauty. Beauty? Is permanent. But!
I have to make some corrections. I meant to say I thought she was beautiful BECAUSE she is dark skinned...not "but." That's what Queen of Sheba said....right? And another correction ...it ain't what massa SAYS beauty is. Having said that, I think it's important to read up on a lot history regarding the "underlining" massa resentment has about black people not only referring to our beauty....but our intelligence and validity as a human being. I discovered...and I am always discovering new things about our history....is that for the most part they hate us cuz we were "there" first...in every avenue of civilization. I know this is off topic but something to ponder. But. I also discovered or rediscovered that many of the ancient greats of Europe? Are in fact BLACK. But their images have been white washed....starting with the leprechauns-ah....those black pygmies whom traveled the open sea (during the dark ages of Europe) and landed there with their pot of gold/artistry/stone carvings and pristine knowledge of the divine proporition or....the golden ratio in architecture brilliance. They eventually disappeared and became a "myth." And one more....the original leader/founder of the Vikings is black-as well as one of the earlier Norse Kings.
I always knew blacks had an impact on world culture before the onset of African slavery and the conscious destruction of our rich legacy, but I had no idea the influence is DEEPLY extensive and rooted. Cuz at every corner in global history lies the civil/intellectual influence of African/Black culture.....even the influence of what is deemed "beauty. " And it is my belief that once ALL black folks from all six [not seven] continents of the world REALIZE their value as contributors to what we call social civilization...then they will truly know why it is so important to continue the fight for our valid identity, existence and presence-meaning where we come from and WHO we really are....cuz that? Is OUR power. And it is that power which is BEAUTIFUL and....resilient. But!
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