“I felt that it was very important for me to represent my cultural identity and to represent myself truly on this platform….This is a part of who I am. If you’re going to take one part of me, you’re going to take all of me.” – Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers
In an article by Selena Hill from BlackEnterprise.com,
“Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, a dark-skinned beauty with dreadlocks, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the pageant’s 66-year history on Saturday. As a result, the 25-year-old will go on to represent the United Kingdom at the international 2018 Miss Universe competition later this year.” – blackenterprise.com
“As a dark-skinned black woman with dreadlocks, Dee-Ann recognises just how significant it is for her to be given the title.
People outside of the pageant have asked if she’d consider taking her hair down or straightening it for the competition because of the negative connotations associated with dreadlocks, but she adamantly refused.” Gena-mour Barrett, bbc.com