Sunday 21 October, 2018

VIDEO: Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett returns home to warm welcome

Davina Bennett (centre) waves to supporters on her arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday. She is accompanied by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia "Babsy" Grange.

Davina Bennett (centre) waves to supporters on her arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday. She is accompanied by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia "Babsy" Grange.

Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett returned to the island to a warm welcome on Tuesday morning, after finishing third in the Miss Universe pageant and winning the hearts of thousands across the globe.

Bennett was received at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia "Babsy" Grange.

"The entire Jamaica was there with you, Davina," Grange said at a reception at the airport.

"They surrounded you with love and appreciation and admiration... I knew you would be very successful as a contestant and I agree with Twitter, you really should have been crowned the queen," Grange said, making a reference to the #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon which was trending on Twitter after the pageant.

Bennett, the 21-year-old from the central Jamaica parish of Clarendon, placed second runner-up among 92 contestants from across the globe.

She dazzled during the pageant with her afro and her beautiful smile, and became an instant crowd favourite.

Grange said Bennett is an inspiration to other Jamaican women to be natural because we are "naturally beautiful people".

Bennett posted a video of the occasion on social media with the caption, "There is nooo place like home!". She also thanked Grange for the warm welcome and all of her supporters.

"Much love and respect!" Bennett said. "There is soo much happening I am still in awe and soaking it all in!"

Watch the video below.