Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, First Black Woman To Be Crowned Miss Universe Great Britian

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers made history on Saturday by becoming the first Black Woman crowned Miss Universe Great Britain.

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 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 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. πŸ’•πŸ˜‚. To my cherished friends, family and my manager Kerith, thank you for your unwavering support!!πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ’•

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Kentish-Rogers, 25, is the first black woman to be named the winner since the pageant’s inception in 1952. She competed in Newport, Wales, against 40 other women from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British overseas territories. The newly crowned Miss Universe Great Britain hails from the island of Anguilla, a British Territory, and will go on to represent Britain in the international Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines in December.

Kentish-Rogers seems to be a jack of all trades. On top of her being crowned with multiple titles, she is also a competitive athlete, winning a silver medal inΒ heptathlon in the Central American and Caribbean Games and a bronze medal in the CARIFTA Games.

β€œI 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,” Kentish-Rogers told Buzzfeed News.

 

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