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Davina Bennett — To The World!

Davina Bennett holds the Jamaican flag on her return from Las Vegas where she placed third in the Miss Universe pageant – Photo credit: Jamaica Gleaner

3rd place finish in Miss Universe

Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett landed back home after her stellar performance at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honorable Olivia Grange, had earlier congratulated Bennett on her third-place finish in the Miss Universe Pageant.

“We’ll take 2nd runner-up but in our hearts, you are number one and our queen,” Minister Grange said.

The Minister said also that, “she displayed poise, confidence and the true Jamaican spirit during the show. Our Davina left her mark on the world and is an inspiration to other Jamaican young women.”

The 21-year-old beauty, who placed third in the pageant, was lauded in the media and her arrival home was greeted with great jubilation.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange officially welcomed Bennett, along with fans who gathered at the Executive Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport.

Bennett posed for photos and signed many autographs as she blended in with fans and officials at her arrival on home soil.

The 21-year-old model and philanthropist Bennett, who hails from central Jamaica parish of Clarendon, has been outspoken about wanting to shatter existing Eurocentric beauty standards.

“I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” she wrote on Instagram following the competition, “I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far.”

“Much love and respect!” Bennett said. “There is soo much happening I am still in awe and soaking it all in!”

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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