Athlete Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers is the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in 66 years
Here’s what you call a game-changer: For the first time in its 66-year history, Miss Universe Great Britain—the qualifying pageant for the Miss Universe competition—gave the crown to a black woman.
But the history-making honor didn’t go to your average pageant queen; winner Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers is a heptathlete with a head full of gorgeous locs, making her not only the first black woman to capture the crown in Britain but also the first to compete in a major pageant wearing dreadlocks.
The newest beauty queen took to her IG page to say ......"It has been a whirlwind two days since being crowned Miss Universe Great Britain 2018. I am privileged to have been chosen from a concentration of talented, ambitious, beautiful and funny women! I am humbled and truly uplifted by those who are embracing my rewarding experience and success as their own. I am deeply grateful for the financial donations of many to the A-sisterhood charity. I am thankful for the sponsors of my pageant sisters 2018, my own and especially @doyen_style @carajewellers @justboutique_nw for believing in this pageant and supporting the girls every step of the way. It is an absolute honour to carry the British flag 🇬🇧 on to the Miss Universe pageant later this year.
@gracielevy my pageant coach at @lsp_london - thank you for preparing me for this weekend! The hours we spent pouring over my interview, platform, poise and walk gave me a solid foundation to stand on this past Saturday!
Paula - our director- we owe you the greatest respect and appreciation for your unwavering belief that each one of us was capable of capturing the crown. @missuniversegreatbritain
@annamariaburdzy thank you for representing class, grace and intelligence during your reign and for inspiring me to enter this pageant system. And to the previous titleholders of Miss Universe Great Britain who i met on Saturday- @taravaitiere @nenafrance @jaimeleefaulkner - thank you for warmly embracing me into the fold like a newly born lamb. 💕😂. To my cherished friends, family and my manager Kerith, thank you for your unwavering support!!🇬🇧💕