Special Spotlight on Miss Universe 2nd Runner-up, Davina Bennett

I had written and posted on Miss Universe Jamaica and Miss Universe 2nd Runner-up, Davina Bennett even before she competed in Las Vegas. So to me, to see her go far into the competition was no surprise.

During the Miss Universe finals, a lot of people booed the 3rd place finish of Davina because the majority of us felt that she deserved to be in the top 2. The booes in the Axis Theatre were so loud that the audio during the telecast was lowered to minimize it. What people also didn’t see in the telecast was how more candidates flocked to greet Davina than those that went to congratulate Miss Universe winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Then when a moment later, Davina was ushered to stand in the front of the stage where the audience gave her warm round of applause!

Davina may not have been the girl that everyone initially saw as a potential Miss Universe but she ended up as the one that won the hearts of many with her authenticity, wit and spontaneity. And even this blogger believes that she is worth a top 2 finish in Miss Universe…

Here below is a special video of her during the Miss Universe 2017 pageant’s contestant introduction video…


Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett: the Girl with a Backstory

Another curly-haired, bronze-skinned beauty has been selected to represent her country in Miss Universe this year! 23-year-old beauty Davina Bennett was crowned as winner of the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant held last August 26th.

Standing tall at 5’9 1/2″, Davina is a survivor having been diagnosed with a ruptured ovarian cyst at the young age of 21. On top of that, she tried three times to go international with her modelling career with no success. It was also during that time that she lost her grandmother while being away from her home. She also survived a mugging two days before her birthday, where she was robbed of her belongings and was held up with a gun. Despite that she still was able to find good in life.
In an interview with the Jamaican Observer, she says “I have been through a lot of struggles, but I worked really hard and just to see that it has all paid off feels great. It is really a blessing and I am really grateful to all my supporters. Fashion modelling was not really going my way, so I decided to take another route to get my voice and message out there. I see the Miss Universe platform as being a great way to spread the word about my foundation for the deaf.” The Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf aims to transform how deaf persons are perceived and integrated into society.

Davina is an interesting subject to write and talk about. I am positively sure that she will be bringing much more than just mere good looks into the Miss Universe pageant. So keep an eye on this lady, my gut tells me that she will be up there among the semi-finalists this year…

* http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/outlook/20170730/beyond-call-beauty-davina-bennett
* http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/davina-bennett-is-miss-universe-ja-miss-universe-jamaica-davina-bennett-is-miss-universe-jamaica_109131?profile=1606

Isabel Dalley: A Race Car Driver as Possible Miss Universe?

Miss Universe Jamaica Isabel Dalley might find something more in common with racecar driver Marlon Stockinger (the beau of the reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach) than she has with Pia as a beauty queen. For those not in the know Isabel, a self-confessed tomboy, spends as much time on the race-tracks as on the runway.

The 6’2” beauty from Jamaica races cars as one of her passions. It may be an odd match being a model/beauty queen as well as being an adrenalin junkie but that is Isabel Dalley. And she would not have it any other way. Aside from those stately neck & shoulders, those mile-long limbs and that queenly face, Isabel is not afraid to get some grease on her hands every now and then. During our interview with her, this lady showed that she has a good head on her shoulders.

Moreover, she’s not afraid to burn rubber on the asphalt quite a 180-degree turnabout with the ultra glammed world of pageants and fashion with towering heels and sparkly dresses. When she is not seen strutting down the runaways, she is seen flying past the racetracks on those turbo cars that you only see Vin Diesel drive on the Fast & Furious movies. Hey perhaps she could be a good replacement for former Miss Israel (and current WonderWoman) Gal Gadot after her character was killed off on the movie franchise?

Videos courtesy of JTV, taken from Instagram.com

65th Miss Universe Spotlight and Assessment: Jamaica

Name: Isabel Dalley
Age: 19 years old
Height: 6’2”
Rating: Wildcard
Probably the tallest in the competition this year, she has the same height as the tallest MU1994 candidate, Minorka Mercado of Venezuela. And height is an advantage should she utilize it properly. Poise and posture is important for someone of that height, adding to her appeal is her lovely mulatta complexion. I am almost sure that she will make waves in the competition this year, though I’m just waiting to hear how she speaks ‘cause that is the final clincher for me. Being 19 years old, I hope that she has enough maturity that is required of a MU winner. Who knows she might be the next Jamaican girl to make top 5 like Kaci and Yendi.

Miss Universe profile bio:
Inspired by her 3 younger siblings, 19 year old Isabel Dalley hopes to demonstrate great leadership and nurturing qualities throughout her reign. Growing up with her grandparents who had many cats, dogs and koi fish, Isabel developed a deep and everlasting love for animals. While in college, after a student based assessment, her geography class led her to the Montego Marine Park. After falling in love with Montego Marine Park, she later became the Chief Ambassador. Dalley then realized her calling in life was to become a Marine Biologist. Her love for pageants happened after college when Dalley began her career in modeling, leading to photoshoots and small scale modeling jobs. If crowned, she hopes to use her platform to raise awareness for marine biology and teach her following about ways they unite to support marine life.
* Profile from http://www.missuniverse.com

65th Miss Universe Exclusive Interview with Miss Jamaica, Isabel Dalley

At age 19 you wouldn’t necessarily think that you would meet a 6’2 stunner. But that is exactly Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 is. Competing in this year’s Miss Universe pageant is Isabel Dalley, the tallest in this year’s batch. A self confessed tomboy, this pageant girl knows how to play football (that’s soccer to this part of the world), work on car engines, scuba dive and do modeling at the same time.
It’s time to know more about this stunner from Jamaica, the biggest little dot of the world!

In three sentences, how would you describe yourself?

I am an adrenaline crazed thrill seeker. I’m fun loving and down to getting a bit messy whether it be riding ATVs through huge mud puddles, or drifting. Most importantly I am goal oriented and always have plans for the future.
What are the charitable causes you want to highlight and how do you bring more awareness to them?
Wow I have so many! But the ones I would like to highlight are very personal to my heart.
Children’s Homes:

My mother was given a chance at a better life because she was adopted from an unfortunate situation. I believe more attention needs to be paid to children’s home which take children out of unfortunate situations give them a chance to receive a better life by means of new parents who love and care for them or just being able to provide a safe living environment which will help them to become successful people. I would try to bring awareness to the importance of children’s home by having fund raisers to provide the necessary tools that the homes require and to have a campaign to encourage people to adopt or foster a child.

My next issue is Cancer. Cancer has affected number of persons in my family including my mother who overcame ovarian cancer and one of my cousins who is fighting breast cancer. I believe that individuals need to be encouraged to visit their doctors for regular checks. As part of my charity I would like to have fund raisers that help the government or other charitable organizations to provide free mammograms and other cancer detecting tests so that when the cancer is detected it’s in the early stages and not too late so that they can have life after and continue to contribute to the lives of if their children and loved ones.

As an ambassador of the Montego Bay Marine Park I would like to continue my work by having fund raisers and raise awareness of the importance of preserving the Marine Park and the environment on a whole. I do believe that the state of our environment is too frequently over looked and I’d like to bring awareness the importance for having a healthy ecosystems and ways in which we can maintain them to better preserve life on earth.

Last but not least is HIV & AIDS awareness. We cannot stress enough the importance of teaching our young and older ones the importance of prevention of this terrible disease which still taking away valuable members of our society. I would work in collaboration with the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life in getting across preventative measures, sensitizing the public about how to deal with persons who are infected with the virus and provide help for those infected the virus. This would be done by endorsing or being a part of campaigns that get across the message.

What are you most proud about your country & why?
I am most proud of my country because we are known as the” Sprint Factory of the World” and currently have the fastest man alive Usain Bolt. I’m also proud because we have contributed so much to the world because of our rich and vibrant culture. We are truly “the biggest little dot in the world”
Who is/ are the role model/s you look up to and why?
I have two; they’re my Mother and Grandmother. They are both hardworking and determined to get what they want in life. They have also instilled in me the importance of working hard in order to achieve my dreams.
What was the most difficult part of your training for the pageant?
The most difficult part of my training is being away from home and adjusting to a new environment. Montego Bay is a small town and everyone knows everybody in the community, whereas Kingston is a metropolitan city. Fortunately I have great friends and family in the city to take care of me.
My main challenge however has been sticking to my gym regime. I have always been slim despite not exercising and I’ve always ate healthy ( love my raw veggies) , so right now it’s hard getting used to working out every day and has taken self- motivation, self- will and discipline.

Why do you think you should be the next Miss Universe?
It would be a great honour to bring back the first Miss Universe crown to my beloved country Jamaica. By winning the Miss Universe Crown I would be an ambassador for my country but more importantly a role model for young women both in my country and on a global scale. I have spoken to many young girls whilst taking part in the Le Antonio’s Anti bullying campaign who have told me that I am already an inspiration to them, being able to overcome my height and further pushed forward to achieve my goals. Bullying is a worldwide issue and it needs serious attention.
Also as an ambassador for the Montego Bay Marine Park I would also love to focus on environmental issues people need to realize the importance of preserving our environment and I believe that there could be no better platform than the Miss Universe to bring these issues the much needed attention it deserves.
What do you think is the relevance of the Miss Universe pageant in this day and age?
Pageantry on a whole is still very relevant; many onlookers may not understand the work that goes into being in a pageant, and how disciplined you have to be. I myself am new to this world, I won my first pageant in July while studying & sitting exams and then won the National title in August. I believe pageants like Miss Universe allows you to feel confidently beautiful. I mean look at me, it has certainly helped a 6’2” girl who felt awkward most of her life to become confident, independent, and more aware.
The experiences gained even though challenging at times are invaluable and will be a great assistance to my life.

Send a shout-out to you supporters and fans…
Thank you Sash Factor for allowing me this opportunity!
I really appreciate all the love, support and guidance that I’ve received thus far, and I’m looking forward to representing my country to the fullest! To all my fans in the Philippines see you soon….Mabuhay!
There you have it. Jamaica’s shining gem in the 65th Miss Universe. If she will harness the power of her height come pageant season (just like fellow 6’2″ Minorka Mercado of Venezuela did in MU1994 in Manila) then this young lady of just 19 years old may well be on her way to score another victory for Jamaica!