Articles Comments




Observer senior reporter—

Print this pageEmail A Friend!
 Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett waves to employees at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston following her return to the island yesterday after her participation in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas where she placed third. accompanied by local franchise holder Karl Williams and Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) —

Davina Bennett, who finished third in Miss Universe on Sunday, could have a few lucrative deals coming her way.

Local franchise holder Karl Williams was reserved, but mentioned that they are in the process of negotiations and signing two major endorsement deals for the beauty queen.

“We are in the process of signing off on something major for her… it’s a major endorsement,” he hinted in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“There’s one local and one international. So as soon as everything is signed off we will make the announcement… We are also being invited to Peru and some of the other Caribbean islands with her, so a lot of contacts are being made,” Williams continued.

He explained that the excitement surrounding Bennett in Las Vegas was palpable.

“It was just madness and the whole excitement was carried over into Monday morning straight into checking in at the airport last night. The people were just all over her, she was the Queen of Hearts. Another thing that happened which was quite similar to Kaci Fennell’s situation where the queen was crowned and then half of the girls went over to Davina and just cheered for her and then the audience started chanting: ‘Jamaica, Jamaica’. So it was magical,” he said.

It has also been reported that the show’s host, comedian and television personality, Steve Harvey, also acknowledged Bennett as his preferred winner, but Williams could not confirm.

Davina Bennett and Steve Harvey

Davina Bennett and Steve Harvey

 “I heard that he said: ‘You are my queen’, I don’t know how exact that is. But what I did see on stage was that he just bowed to her,” said Bennett.

Speaking at a welcome reception and press briefing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday morning, Bennett said words fail her in describing the experience.

“I wouldn’t want it to go any other way. Seeing the reaction of the crowd and people in Las Vegas overall, from all different races and countries I have to say it feels like I was the person that won. It’s not a feeling that I can explain. You would have been in the moment to live it and see it to just understand. After the show I decided to just put on my jacket and leave thinking people aren’t gonna recognize me. They had to be pulling people off me, it was like the paparazzi… it was crazy with people chanting: ‘You are my Miss Universe. So I made the impact that I wanted and made history.”

“It was like a Jamaican party. I remember standing just waving and I remember the crowd just chanting ‘Jamaica, Jamaica’ and I got a standing ovation from everyone in the audience and that was just remarkable and that is a moment that I can never replace,” she said.



Written by

Filed under: BREAKING NEWS, Featured

%d bloggers like this: