In a world where everything seems to have happened, Dee-Ann Rogers has proved that there are still lots of histories yet to be made.
Since the inception of Miss Universe Great Britain Pageant in 1952, the event has never witnessed a black winner, but on Saturday, 25 years old Dee-Ann Rogers from Anguilla made history as she emerged the winner of the pageant, amidst 40 other women from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and British overseas territories. She will however, go on to represent the UK at the International Miss Universe competition, once-owned by Donald Trump, which will take place in December in the Philippines.
Rogers who had just finished her final bar exams at the university of Birmingham in June expressed her joy and excitement as she believes her win reflects a long-awaited change in the industry.
“I absolutely believe that diversity is increasing in pageantry and there are many examples around the world,” she says.
However, her success was well received on social media by lots of people especially the dark skinned.
“Our uniqueness should be celebrated, not merely tolerated.” Says a twitter user.
“I loveeee when people break ‘beauty standards’, especially my fellow dark skin women,” wrote another.
No doubt, Dee-Ann Rogers will be remembered in many years to come, as someone who broke the jinx and became the first black winner ever. We hope the trend continues, with more black women emerging winners in areas dominated by whites.