Jamaica's Davina Bennett second runner-up in Miss Universe pageant

28 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Greg Santos
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South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters walked away with the crown, ending a almost four-decade long jinx for her country in one of the world's biggest pageants.

While a majority of South Africans were showering Nel-Peters with praises and congratulating her after her win, some, including highly opinionated South African poet Ntsiki Mazwai, think Miss Jamaica should have won. By proudly wearing her natural hair, she is doing just that, standing for the women of color who have had to deal with the rude comments, unnecessary stares, touching, and intolerance in the workplace, simply because of the hairstyles they chose to wear which best suit their texture.

Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett finished as first and second runners-up, respectively. She has been preparing to be an actress since she was 16.

It is official! The newest Miss Universe 2017 has been finally crowned!

She also holds a degree in business management.

Singapore was represented by 24-year-old artist Manuela Bruntraeger.

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Nel-Peters is an advocate of women's rights. Also in the Top 5 were Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago and Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp.

The top three finalists.

Representatives from Spain, Ireland, Croatia and Great Britain have advanced from the Europe group. Jamaica's previous top ten placements at Miss Universe included Sandra Foster (1989), Kimberly Mais (1991) Christine Straw (2004) and Nicole Haughton (1999).

Making their debuts in this year's pageant were Laos' Souphaphone Somvichith, Cambodia's By Sotheary and Nepal's Nagma Shrestha.

Seated on the judges tables were Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Hollywood Today host Ross Mathews, fashion correspondent Jay Manuel, top internet influencer Lele Pons, UFC backstage reporter Megan Olivi, hair care/spa products company founder Farouk Shami, and Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam.

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