Dazzling Davina - Jamaican places third at Miss Universe

November 27, 2017
Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett competes at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas last night.
Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas last week.
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From left: final five finalists Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett, Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp, Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago and Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters stand on stage at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas last night.

Jamaica's Davina Bennett last night finished third in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant, finishing behind winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa and first runner-up Laura Gonzalez from Colombia.

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.

Bennett, 21, first had advanced to the top 16 as a wildcard. She then had a nervous wait to make the top 10 as her name was the last to be called for that cut. Bennett then sneaked into the top five and then top three.




Boos of disapproval rang out in the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas when Bennett was announced as the second runner-up. The people obviously had her as their Miss Universe.

For Kingsley Cooper, chairman of Pulse, the modelling agency to which Bennett is signed, it was job well done.

"We are all so proud of Davina. We thought she did a fantastic job. I sent her an email telling her that we expected nothing less than the crown and she made every effort to bring it home. We look forward to continuing our work with her to help her fulfil even more of her dreams in the months and years ahead," Cooper said.

But even before Bennett walked on the stage for the pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, many persons attacked her because of her afro hairstyle. One person commented on social media saying "the hairstyle is just wrong of [if] she wants to win".

Bennett is pursuing a degree in marketing at the University of the West Indies. She said that she is passionate about giving back. She has so far founded the Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf.

As she stood among the top three last night, Bennett was asked about the quality that she sees in herself of which she is most proud. Bennett said that she is most appreciative of her determination, adding that her passion for the deaf has led her to create a foundation.

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