The Miss World pageant 2019 was a colorful and vibrant celebration of the most scintillating ladies from around the world. And it justified everything it was hyped up to be. Tonn-Ann Singh joins Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris, to become the first five women of colour to win the Five Biggest Pageants of the world.
The new Miss World was resonating power and beauty!
Toni-Ann Singh tweeted, “To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world — please believe in yourself,” she added, “Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE.”
Little girls around the world, take notice!
What we see currently, is a growing global trend of understanding and celebrating diversity, with emphasis on historic titles and events like the Beauty pageants. Being represented by a woman as the same skin color as you is wondrously powerful for so many little girls around the world. These little kids, mostly at very young ages, have been affected by racism. And when they look at these beautiful women standing up in their natural hair and be proud of it, they feel like they, too, belong in this world. Because let’s face it, they are all absolutely beautiful. The “only white beauty” idea should’ve been thrown out of the window long ago. It didn’t because of our apprehension to accept different cultures.
Not the most popular shows in the recent past!
Beauty pageants have always been on the wrong side of millennials’ political correctness scale. For the simple reason that they seemed like a gross misrepresentation of what was defined as beautiful. Well, they definitely had to make changes to become popular amongst the newer generations. And though there are still many, MANY problems with the whole event, we have come a long way!
We also saw the most graceful loser ever!
Toni-Ann Singh stood with the two runner ups Miss Nigeria and Miss Brazil, whose name is Elis Coelho, as they waited with bated breaths. Contestants shared a beautiful moment on stage while waiting for the results. They held each other and their faces clearly showed rampant emotions. And when Toni-Ann Singh was named Miss World, the loudest cheer was heard from her competitor Miss Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas. She gave a whole hearted response to her compadre as if she had won herself. And isn’t that exactly what we all want? – For someone to be as joyous in our joy as they would be in their own. It was a gesture that puts to rest the unfair and redundant notion that women can’t see other women happy.
The world needs more of such people, doesn’t it?