close up shot of miss jamaica's davina bennet, wearing crown and miss universe sash, with coconut

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett makes hair history at the Miss Universe show

You don't need a crown to be a mane winner, isn't that right Miss Jamaica?  

While Miss South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters) took home the Miss Universe crown yesterday, Davina Bennett (AKA Miss Jamaica and second place runner up) undeniably stole the mane spotlight. How? By being the first ever beauty contestant to proudly flaunt her afro throughout the Miss Universe show.

Among the flurry of straight locks and Rapunzel-worthy hair extensions, the 23-year-old philanthropist’s natural mane stood out, stealing our hearts and breaking the Internet. Intrigued? Keep on reading!

Miss Jamaica just broke the Internet by wearing her afro at Miss Universe


close up shot of miss jamaica's davina bennett on miss universe stage with her natural hair. wearing purple dress
Now that’s what we call a winning hairstyle! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Those familiar with the Miss Universe beauty pageant are likely to characterise the parade of contestants who participate as beautiful with long, blown out hair. However, this year, Davina Bennett challenged this by wearing an iconic afro hairstyle.

Considering we still hear stories about women being told their natural hair is inappropriate at work and school, by coming second in the contest, Davina proved that natural hair can be accepted and celebrated as much as any other hairstyle. #Slay!

close up shot of davina bennet with natural afro hairstyle, wearing red jumpsuit and miss Jamaica sash
Davina Bennett’s afro is giving us life! Credit:

Though Davina didn’t take home the Miss Universe crown, fans gave the runner-up an outpouring of love for her and her amazing short afro hairstyle.

With its enviable volume and bounce, it’s easy to see why everyone has fallen hard and fast for this glam, gravity-defying style. Credit: @davina_bennett_

Editor’s tip: Eager to embrace your pretty coils? Spritz your hair with the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray before applying the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment, to help keep your mane soft, supple and hydrated.

For the final touch, use an afro pick to fluff out your natural curls and you’ll be good glow. Honestly, we’re giving Davina a major round of applause, because she’s made black hair history and become a mane icon overnight. Now that’s what we call winning!


Want to know which other curly hair heroines we’re crushing on? Here are 11 stars who slay natural hairstyles and give us life!

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