Miss Universe Great Britain Has Crowned Its First Black Winner, Ever

Anguilla native, Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers makes history as the first black woman to win the pageant

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers

We love to see black women win and that’s precisely what happened this past Saturday. Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers has been crowned Miss Universe Great Britain, the first black woman to ever hold the title since the pageant’s inception in 1952. The 25-year-old Anguilla native will go on to represent the United Kingdom as well as her home country and British territory, Anguilla on the international stage in December for the Miss Universe competition.

“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.”

Nabbing the crown just last year for Miss Anguilla, Kentish-Rogers just so happens to be a competitive athlete as well. No stranger to winning, Kentish-Rogers took home the silver medal in the heptathlon in the Central American and Caribbean Games and a bronze medal in the CARIFTA Games.

Paula Abbandonato, the national director for Miss Universe Greta Britain was nothing short of elated for Kentish-Rogers recent win, telling BuzzFeed she is “absolutely delighted.”

“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,” she said. “Dee-Ann is a true role model for all women of all skin colours 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.”

Although not the first black woman to compete, it has taken 66 years for the pageant to break historical ground. We look forward to more dark skinned women with locs taking over international stages just how Kentish-Rogers will at the end of the year.

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