Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett rocked an afro at Sunday night’s Miss Universe 2017 and she finished third place at the pageant held in Las Vegas.

The beauty queen, who is hailed from Mitchell Town, Clarendon, became a big hit on social media when she wore a natural afro at the prestigious beauty pageant and finishes third among 92 contestants from all over the world. A large portion of the audience at the pageant erupted into boos when she was named the second runner-up and those back at home in Jamaica all thought that she was robbed of the title.

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 and her first runner-up is Colombia’s Laura Gonzalez. The fourth and fifth spot were rounded out by Thailand’s Maria Poonlertlarp and Venezuela’s Keysi Sayago respectively.

“I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” Davina 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.”

Davina Bennett, 21, is from a small district Clarendon of around 2,500 residents. “There was a lot of pot cover beating. It was like when [Usain] Bolt win the 100-metre race and break a record!” he aunt, Jennifer Chambers, said, while another aunt, Winsome Edwards added, “It was a merrymaking last night. People were running up and down throwing water all over, can you imagine if she had won?”

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