Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Jamaica's Davina Bennett is second runner up to Miss Universe 2017

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 10:14 PM
Jamaica's Davina Bennett was placed third from a field of 92 contestants. It was the highest number of contestants ever in the Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett has been declared second runner up to the 2017 Miss Universe.

Bennett, emerged from a field of 92 contestants from across the globe.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the winner and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up.

Bennett, 21, was selected as Jamaica's representative for the 66th staging of the pageant after securing the crown at home back in August.

Currently a second-year marketing student at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Bennett has modeled for Pulse at London Fashion Week.

Bennett, who is from Clarendon has also established a foundation for the deaf.

In an interview with The Gleaner in September, Bennett revealed that she never thought she would one day represent her country on the world stage.

"I didn't think I could do pageantry. I was always afraid of speaking. I was more of a walk on the runway and come off type of girl, but I decided that it was time for a change. I started the foundation before Miss Universe. I needed a platform to have a voice for these persons who need my support. That was my main motivation going in, and what can I say? I'm the winner today," she said after Miss Universe Jamaica.

This year, Cambodia, Laos and Nepal competed at the Miss Universe finals for the first time ever.

It was also the largest number of competing countries.

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