Since Miss Universe Great Britain pageant began in 1952, there has never been a black winner. That changed this past Saturday when 25-year-old Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers became the newest Miss Universe Great Britain!
The beauty queen that hails from Anguilla, a British territory, competed in Newport, Wales against 40 other women from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British overseas territories and beat them all to take the crown. The competitive athlete was also crowned Miss Anguilla last year.
“It’s really humbling and I think it’s also a privilege for me to become the first black woman who is crowned Miss Universe Great Britain,” she told BuzzFeed News. “I believe that this is the direction that the pageant has been going in for the last couple of years because Britain is a diverse nation, we are a multicultural society and it is time that that diversity is seen on a stage where other young black girls and girls of all ethnicities can see that this is something for everybody not just some of us.”
This happened! My heart is full!! Thank you so much for all of your love and support. The hard work continues NOW!
Miss Universe Great Britain 2018-2019 pic.twitter.com/kXkjE5aokP
— Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers (@AsToldBy_Dee) July 16, 2018
The most exciting part of the whole thing for Dee-Ann is that she proudly rocked her locks. “To my knowledge, I am the first dreadlocked woman to walk across a Miss Universe Great Britain stage and that is absolutely most exciting to me,” she said.
Congratulations rained on social media to the new beauty queen.
I loveeee when people break “beauty standards”, especially my fellow dark skin women. Our uniqueness should be celebrated, not merely tolerated.
— preshdiddd. (@preshtawiah) July 15, 2018
When your friends out here making history. 🏆👑💃🏽❤
HISTORY has been made by the hard work of this Queen 👑🇦🇮. First BLACK female to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain. We stan a history making queen. #BlackGirlMagic #blackexcellence https://t.co/aWUfdFVoI2
— O'shane T. 🇦🇮🇯🇲 (@Anguilla_Born) July 16, 2018
It has been an exciting year for Dee-Ann. The law school graduate recently passed her bar examination and will be formally called to the bar later this month.