The First Black Woman to be Crowned Miss Universe Great Britain Speaks Out

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.

Originally from Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean, Rogers never aspired to be a beauty queen. Instead, she played competitive sports, dreamed of becoming an Olympic heptathlete, and competed in the Commonwealth Games twice. However, a knee injury deterred her from the Olympics. That’s when she decided to pursue pageantry while simultaneously studying for the bar exam—which she recently passed—in order to become a barrister.

“My dream kind of reinvented itself and it shifted into pageantry because in pageantry you have the same reach,” she told BBC News. “Miss Universe Great Britain was the pageant equivalent of becoming an Olympic athlete for Great Britain.”

Ironically, Rogers says preparing for the Miss Universe Great Britain competition was more challenging than training for a sports match. “They’re very similar, but being in a pageant you have to undergo a kind of surgical examination of yourself, your ambitions, things that people don’t do until they’re very, very old.” She added, “most of the preparation for the Commonwealth Games is done on the track…but in pageantry, the mind is the focal point, and the mind is, I think, the hardest muscle to master.”

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers


Following her historic win, she received an outpouring of support from around the world via social media, which she admitted “kind of startled” her. “Although I’ve been preparing for this pageant for a long time, I’ve just been preparing as Dee-Ann,” she said. “Now that I’ve won the pageant, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve not only won the pageant as Dee-Ann, but as a black woman.” Nevertheless, she described the win as “a great achievement.”

Prior to her win, the University of Birmingham graduate told Pageants News that she believes she is the first woman to compete in Miss Universe Great Britain with dreadlocks. “To my knowledge, I am the first dreadlocked woman to walk across a Miss Universe Great Britain stage and that is absolutely most exciting to me,” she said. However, she also admitted that she was questioned on whether or not she’d consider straightening her hair for the competition. She refused. “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.”

Should she win the Miss Universe pageant in December, Kentish-Rogers would join this list of women of color who earned the crown.

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T-Mobile was just crowned the fastest mobile network by two different companies

T-Mobile fastest mobile network 2018

In the constant battle between wireless companies for your monthly cell dollars, the most visibly important metric is who has the fastest LTE network. In years gone by, it was a two-horse race between AT&T and Verizon, who had the biggest networks, most customers, and best wireless spectrum, while T-Mobile and Sprint desperately fought to not be in last place.

But the times are changing, and when it comes to pure download speed (not coverage, which we’ll get to in a second), it seems like T-Mobile is the winner.

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‘Drag Race’ Finale: A Queen Is Crowned After One Finalist’s Epic Fail

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the finale episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.

After a season of Vanjie chants and Vixen rants, the historic 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has officially come to an end. And in an edge-of-your-seat finale, RuPaul crowned New York queen Aquaria as America’s Next Drag Superstar.

The final episode used the same format that Ru originated in Season 9, which found the final four contestants lip-syncing against each other in one final showdown for the crown.

Asia, Aquaria, Eureka, and Kameron came out in new costumes to spin the wheel to decide who would perform first, and one thing was suddenly certain — these queens had some reveals planned. (Aquaria was literally in a giant silver bag with no arms showing, so no extra points for surprising us.)

The first queens to face off were Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara, performing to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.” While Kameron’s reveal involved taking off her robe to show off a skimpy bodysuit, Asia put in a little more creativity. The queen had butterflies hidden in her outfit, unleashing them throughout the song. Unfortunately, it went terribly, terribly wrong.

Every time she took off a piece of her outfit to set the butterflies free, they didn’t fly away. Instead, they simply fell to the ground. And the audience noticed. A shot of Monique Heart staring at the stage in horror said it all.

At that moment, Asia’s dreams of becoming the winner of Season 10 crashed to the ground harder than those butterflies. And that meant Kameron Michaels continued to be the surprise lip-sync assassin of the season, as she moved to the finale.

Next, we had Aquaria and Eureka lip syncing to Janet Jackson’s “If.” Aquaria’s reveal came immediately, when she took off her silver pouch and revealed a bodysuit made of spikes. Not sure what the point of the reveal was since it happened so instantly, was so obviously going to happen, and nothing exciting appeared. But, okay!

Meanwhile, Eureka took off her wig and had two different costumes underneath her original outfit. It was all fun, but the sad thing is, none of the reveals or performances came close to the shock and awe of  Sasha Velour‘s rose petal reveal from last season, except for Asia’s butterfly concept. Except it didn’t work.

As for their performance, Aquaria and Eureka both equally turned the party, so it was completely unclear who the winner would be. But Ru clearly agreed, announcing, “Shantay, you both stay!” They both deserved it, but this must have made things sting even more for Asia.

Before the final lip sync, Ru announced that it was time to reveal the winner of Miss Congeniality. But because of some hacker interference in the fan voting process, she decided to have the other queens of Season 10 vote instead. I was just telling everyone who would listen that this is the way it should be done because it’s the only way to avoid a “fan favorite” winner, and only the queens really know who was the most congenial behind the scenes.

Luckily, Ru listened to my thoughts and announced that the queens voted for Monét X Change to be crowned Miss Congeniality. This was no surprise to me, as every queen I asked on the red carpet said Monét deserved the title. Congrats, Sponge Queen!

But the good cheer quickly dissipated and things got serious as it became time for the final three-way lip sync, set to the sounds of Jessie J’s “Bang, Bang.”

Aquaria instantly set off sparklers as the song began (she clearly has a hard time building up to a surprise), and the rest was a chaotic scene of splits and death drops. But it was clear that all the girls brought everything they had.

But only one could walk away with the crown. And so, RuPaul announced that Aquaria was the official winner of Season 10. Which means Eureka and Kameron were runners-up, and Asia was left behind in fourth place.

With All Stars 3 leading right into Season 10 earlier this year, we’ve spent a lot of time together over the last few months discussing our Drag Race obsession. But all good things must come to an end. Don’t worry, though, we’ll be here next year when Season 11 debuts (hopefully with Miss Vanjie as a contestant). But for now, are you happy with the results of tonight’s finale? Sound off on Twitter and let us know!

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Miss North Dakota Cara Mund Crowned Miss America 2018!

America, you have a new queen!

After four nights of competition, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the 2018 Miss America on Sunday night.

North Dakota has never had a Miss America winner, or a contestant reach the top five.

The 2017 Miss America, Savvy Shields, passed on the tiara to Mund during the final night of competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The celebrity judging panel of singer Jordin Sparks, model and actress Molly Sims, singer Thomas Rhett and PEOPLE Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle selected Mund out of the 51 women from across the United States and the District of Columbia.

The women were evaluated on their performances in the evening wear, fitness, lifestyle, talent and interview categories.

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Mund will tour the country with the title for one year before starting law school at the University of Notre Dame.

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2017 WSL Longboard Champion Will Be Crowned at Tawian Open of Surfing


Coolangatta, QLD/Australia (Friday, August 25, 2017) – The 2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing has been upgraded to a World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Championship Tour (LCT) event meaning it will decide this year’s World Longboard Champions. Having proven itself as an awesome location for surfing events over the last 6 years, Jinzun Harbor in Taitung will continue to host WSL events for many years to come.

Returning to Taitung County for his 5th Taiwan Open of Surfing is two-times World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA). Jensen has welcomed the upgrade from Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event to LCT stating that the consistency of conditions and variety of waves at Jinzun Harbor makes it the perfect place for a World Title decider.

“I’m a big fan of the waves in Taiwan,” Jensen said. “We have been deciding the World Champion at the same spot for five years now so a change is good. I have been coming to the Taiwan Open of Surfing for 5 years and have never seen the waves drop below chest height. The conditions can vary a lot, it can be a bowled out right or look like a left point, it’s a good variety so I just hope we get some light winds and have a great finish to the year. The event in Taiwan has always been run really well and had an awesome setup and I’m sure this year will be no different.”

For the first time in years, the WSL Longboard Champions will be decided by more than one event with an LCT already completed in Papua New Guinea this year. Jensen won that along with Brazilian Chloe Calmon (BRA) and the pair will head into the Taiwan Open of Surfing as Favourites to take the 2017 Titles.

2 X World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) will head to the Taiwan Open of Surfing the World Title front-runner this November. Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett
2 X World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) will head to the Taiwan Open of Surfing the World Title front-runner this November.
Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett

As in previous years, the along with the LCT, the Taiwan Open of Surfing will also play host to a Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event. This QS1,500 is the last event of in the Australia / Oceania and Asia regions for 2017 meaning it will decide the 2017 regional QS rankings.

A standout performer at the 2016 QS1,500 event was Victorian up-and-comer, Cody Robinson (AUS). Robinson fell just short of winning the event and is keen to go to the top of the podium when he returns in 2017.

“I’m super excited to head back to Taiwan and compete this year,” Robinson said. “It is such a nice place and we got awesome waves last year, some of the best I have ever seen at a QS event. Last year I finished second which is my best result to date on the QS, this definitely gives me confidence heading back there.”

Victoria's Cody Robinson (AUS) on the way to his best ever result, a second place at the 2016 Taiwan Open of Surfing. Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett
Victoria’s Cody Robinson (AUS) on the way to his best ever result, a second place at the 2016 Taiwan Open of Surfing.
Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett

Taitung County Governor Justin Huang has been a huge supporter of the event ever since he helped to bring the WSL on board 5 years ago. He has seen it continue to grow and develop into what it is today and loves what it has done to the local economy and surf scene. He is also pumped to say the Longboard World Champions will be crowned in Taitung County.

“Over the years it has been great to see the growth and development of the Taiwan Open of Surfing,” Governor Huang said. “Having it return as a combined event is good but to have an LCT and the World Champions crowned here in Taiwan is incredible. The event is a tremendous help in developing the surf industry in Taiwan. It’s an exciting time in the sport of surfing as we look towards the 2020 Olympics. We are excited to work with WSL in building up the young talented surfers from Taiwan as we look toward the future of the sport. We wish luck to all of the competitors and look forward to seeing who takes the title.“

The WSL in collaboration with Event Organizer Oasis Union Group Chairman Mr. Li and Local Peace Marketing Manager Mr. Burce Cheng are all happy to see Taitung Governor Justin Huang continue support to make local tourism and inspire future young surfer in Greater China region for Athletes to have better incentives in the future.

The 2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing runs from November 22 – December 3, 2017. For more information and LIVE ACTION of the head to and on the WSL App.

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