Black woman crowned Miss Universe Great Britain for the first time

July 2018

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers

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Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers made history this weekend at the Miss Universe Great Britain pageant.

Saturday, Kentish-Rogers, became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain since the pageant’s inception in 1952.

The 25-year-old beauty queen is from Anguilla, a British territory, and will represent both Anguilla and the United Kingdom at the international Miss Universe competition, which will take place in the Philippines this December.

“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.

Aside from being the land of the world’s most insatiable

colonizers, the UK has also had a long history of being color struck, with lighter complexioned/mixed race Black women being more prominently featured when it comes to visibility and standards of beauty. This issue exists world wide but Kentish-Rogers hopes her win is a signal that the tide is changing in Britain.

“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.”