Davina Bennett, aka Miss Jamaica, may have been the second runner-up in the 2017 Miss America pageant — but she *totally* stole first place in the heart of the internet.

The melanin was magical, her yellow gown was immaculate, and her afro was the finisher of them all. Twitter was undone. 

“Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennet, and her beautiful natural halo is runner up for Miss Universe beauty contest,” one tweet read. “Continuing to illuminate the global push by black women to openly embrace, display natural hair and African, black hairstyles.” 

It is indeed the afro seen 'round the world. 

Shining, shining, shining!

Too often the "natural hair" that gets celebrated belongs to women with looser curl patterns that the world deems "acceptable" and "exotic."

And yet, Miss Jamaica is a woman with a 4C curl pattern — the kinkiest natural hair on the texture chart. BLESS! 

Miss Jamaica choosing to wear her *kinky* natural hair for the beauty pageant was FROTASTIC inspiration.

“She displayed her Afro with pride redefining the competition” another tweet says. “Young black girls out there can feel confidence in their natural hair without whitening it.” 

 Black naturalistas who have been told negative things about their hair felt *majorly* affirmed. Take THAT, white beauty standards!

"Shout [out] to the HR consultant who said my hair was inappropriate for work," a woman wrote online. "Hope yuh TV turn on goodie." 


And that's exactly why seeing more afros on a television screen matters this much. 

Representation is indeed everything! 

So many people thought she should have won — hence the #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon hashtag — but Davina Bennett was happy to show the world just how magical the melanin and a kinky afro truly is. 

"I did not win but I got what I was seeking," Davina Bennett wrote on her Instagram

"I won the hearts of many, I got to highlight Deaf awareness, I stand as the first afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possibly wish for. THANK YOU!!! I came, I conquered and if you know me, then you know that's just another story and you will be seeing a lot more from me."

I'm not crying. My eyes are sweating because they get just get hot looking at my laptop, OK?

photo: Giphy

In a world where natural hair has been banned in schools and workplaces and looked down upon by the mainstream, this was a victory for the naps, baby! Let the record show that Miss Jamaica — and *all* kinky-haired black women — slay FOREVER. 

photo: Giphy

No ifs, *bans*, or buts about it.