Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, may have not won the title of Miss Universe Sunday night, but she did have social media going wild for her.
The 23-year-old contestant embraced her natural hair, wearing an afro hairstyle during the competition and the social media response was overwhelming. Fans gave the second runner-up an outpouring of love and even started the hashtag, “#MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.”
“I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” Bennett wrote on Instagram. “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 allll the love one could possibly wish for…. THANK YOU!!! I came, I conquered and if you know me, then you know that’s just another story and you will be seeing a lot more from me💃😉👑 To all the queens that represented, congrats and to our new Miss Universe @demileighnp go conquer the world you are indeed a gem!😍😙”
From the time she stepped on stage, viewers were applauding her choice to wear her natural hair. And we gathered a few of our favorite reactions, below:
My daughter said “Mommy Miss Jamaica hair looks just like mine!”
Yasssss Davina,Yasss!I dont think she understands what she did tonight!
— Jody-Ann Gray (@JodezGray) November 27, 2017
Natural Inspiration: Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, and her beautiful natural halo is runner up for Miss Universe beauty contest; continuing to illuminate global push by black women to openly embrace, display natural hair and African, black hairstyles. #DavinaBennett #missuniverse pic.twitter.com/xwV0ICKh4F
— Ark Republic (@ArkRepublic) November 27, 2017
Final word of Miss Jamaica: “My drive. My determination is my best strength. For equal opportunities. #MissUniverse Will be my platform.”
— Tim Yap (@officialTIMYAP) November 27, 2017
The 2017 Miss Universe pageant was full of contestants with inspiring stories. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa, took the crown.