Britain has crowned its first black Miss Universe Great Britain!
Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers from Anguilla has been crowned Miss Universe Great Britain 2018 at the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport on Saturday night of 14th July 2018.
About 40 beauties from Wales, Scotland, and England took part in this mega national beauty contest.
Dee-Ann will represent Great Britain at the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Universe 2018.
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!!🇬🇧💕
Dee-Ann’s full name is Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers. She is from Anguilla. Dee-Ann has a degree in Law from the University of Birmingham. She is an Athlete and she competed twice in Commonwealth Games.
This happened! My heart is full!! Thank you so much for all of your love and support. The hard work continues NOW!
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— Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers (@AsToldBy_Dee) July 16, 2018
The 25-year-old, from Anguilla, a British overseas territory, was named Miss Universe GB at Saturday’s competition at the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre in Newport.
Speaking about her win as the first black woman, Kentish-Rogers told FillgapNews: “I think 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 went on: “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.”
It’s also a double celebration for the law school graduate, who shared that she recently passed her bar examinations and is to be formally called to the bar later this month. The barrister-in-waiting described her two distinct career paths as complimentary.
Kentish-Rogers, who sported a dreadlock up-do for the competition, was crowned by outgoing queen Anna Burdzy, and with her win she hopes to champion a more global approach to feminism, saying: “The only way we can really build and get better is if we work together as women.”
In preparation for the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to be hosted in the Philippines this year, The University of Birmingham graduate insists that it all begins in the mind.
“You have to condition yourself to believe that you are worthy of that title,” says Kentish-Rogers, who is also Miss Anguilla 2017.
She added: “Going into a pageant that is full of diverse and beautiful women you have to see your individuality as something that is important. Because you can sit there and compare yourself body wise, facially, and it will do you no good. So mentally it is about just being confident and putting yourself out there as the truest form of yourself.”
Despite her shock, the 25-year-old believes this milestone was inevitable and is an important showcase for the diversity of the British diaspora.
In addition to wearing the crown, the former Miss Anguilla has passed the bar and is on her way to becoming a lawyer.
Paula Abbandonato, national director of Miss Universe Great Britain, expressed her joy for Kentish-Rogers in a statement.
“I am absolutely delighted that Dee-Ann has won the title this year. I took over this role in 2008, and I can honestly say there is no better gift than having our first black winner to celebrate 10 years in the job,” Abbandonato wrote.
Before her participation at the Miss Universe Great Britain, Dee-Ann had said
“As many would know, I won the Miss Anguilla Pageant in 2017. Shortly thereafter, I set my sights on the Miss Universe Great Britain stage. That, for me, was an opportunity to advance the Miss Anguilla Pageant as well as to advance Anguilla on an international stage.
“My aspiration in participating in the Miss Universe Great Britain Pageant is not only to advance the pageant, but also to experience a new pageant system and to be able to forge a possible bridge for subsequent ‘Miss Anguillas’ to experience the same pageant system.
It’s day 12 on the countdown to Miss Universe Great Britain 2018 and I would like to share one of my favourite quotations with you. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it”. It is a gentle reminder to overcome the daily trials with a positive attitude! . . Join the girls and I on July 14th at the Riverfront Theatre in Cardiff to witness the grand finale!! Snap up the tickets before they are gone!!! . . . 🙋🏾♀️ . . . #MUGB #MUGB2018 #MissUniverseGB #MissUniverse #MissUniverseGreatBritain #MissUniverseGreatBritain2018 #TheBlackSash #OneCrown #ThreeCountries #Doyen_Style #doyen #NotinVain #ASisterhood #Anguilla #ATB #Allwomensupportallwomen #AnguillaBritishCaribbean #beyondextraordinary @anguilla_tourism @missuniversegreatbritain #blackgirlmagic #dreadlocks #locs #naturalhair @carajewellers
“Dee-Ann is a true role model for all women of all skin colors, and with her dynamism off the stage, coupled with her presence on the stage, I genuinely believe Great Britain has a chance at the Miss Universe crown this year.”