For years I have been out here trying to persuade beautiful black women to be proud of their individualities. They have unique qualities which usually include a dark-brown pigmented melanin and hair, black and nappy with untamed edges, but many (both men and women) prefer the enhanced beauty attributed to makeup.
Makeup in my opinion is exactly what it suggests; the work of man that adds to or removes from what God has seen as ‘very good’ in Genesis 1:31. I would like you to imagine yourself as an exclusive frame made in God’s image that says, ‘I am not good enough’. Excessive makeup is an indirect curse to the picture perfect beauty of the image of God.
However, my disclaimer is that I am not a beautician. In fact, I am just a man with a deep appreciation for naturally beautiful women.
On Sunday, November 26, 2017, Davina Bennett, Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 showed the world how to be black and beautiful all in one; aligning herself perfectly with the name of a song done by our very own Jamaican recording artist Chronixx entitled ‘Black is Beautiful’. I believe that Davina has not yet realized the magnitude of her actions, how she bravely exhibited beauty in a fashion that is foreign to the Miss Universe stage and to a very large portion of the world.
For decades, perhaps for centuries, beauty has been defined by everything but being innately black. Like fashion, the concept of beauty is dynamic and is susceptible very often to changes. One moment summer dresses are in, then the other its shorts that everybody is wearing. However, unlike other racial identities, being black has not been given its fair share of the beauty rotation, simply because ‘they never told us that black is beautiful’. And even if lips have uttered it, their actions have wandered afar off, hence advocating otherwise.
Of the ninety-two (92) contestants that participated in the highly praised Miss Universe competition, Davina Bennett outshone her counterparts with flamboyant attires and thick afro-styled hair that was far from the cookie-cutter appearance we are used to on that and such like platforms. At first, I pondered on how she planned to fit the universe’s most coveted crown on a head with that much untamed hair, but after she was placed 3rd (2nd runner-up) to winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, it was made clear to me that a shimmering, fragile crown would have spoiled the glory of the crown she already wore, her hair.
But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
(1 Corinthians 11:15)
And even though Miss South Africa won the Miss Universe title, Davina Bennett was crowned Queen. Not with a crown fashioned by the hands of men, but with a crown she was born with and given to her by God. Davina has won the hearts of many communities worldwide, but most notably the ‘proud to be black’ community is beaming with pride.
Many will advocate for black equity, but display black inferiority; rejecting everything that spells black nativity, while cleaving to all things foreign. But I am thankful that Queen Davina Bennett went through with the decision to represent a scheme that is much more widespread than the diaspora of Jamaica. She represented a world of self-awareness, self-pride and black people paradise.
So from the uncharted depths of my heart, I will like to say this;
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, ‘Queen’ Davina Bennett for being a humanitarian and a proud black Jamaican woman.