There are murmurs of respect and appreciative nods going all round for the reigning Miss Jamaica. Dr Sanneta Myrie finished in top five of the 65th Miss World Competition in Sanya, China on 19 December 2015.
Dr Myrie not only earned respect for joining Spain, Russia, Indonesia, and Lebanon in top five (out of 110 contestants) but for being the first contestant to wear her hair in locs.
“I lock my hair because I identify with it”, she said. “I am very much rooted in that Afro-centric nature, where we as Jamaicans are rooted. It’s my expression. The only thing to eclipse the natural beauty of Jamaica is the spirit of its people…one of strong resilience, creativity, and ingenuity”.
Born into poverty, Myrie is now a 24-year-old doctor, who enjoys running, dancing, and her volunteer work as a counsellor for the University of the West Indies.
After making the top five cut, Myrie was asked why she should be named Miss World 2015, to which she responded that she was already grateful for the opportunity to be in China representing her country.
“My story is one of a little girl whose life was transformed with charity and love and my quest in life is to give that back to as many people as I can, and to inspire the world with my story, that no matter where you are from, your skin type, your hair colour, your situation — your dreams are valid.
Locs, twists, and cornrows have also become more accepted in the United States, where recently the Marines announced that the once banned hairstyle is now considered, “professional and neat in appearance, and may be easier for some female Marines to maintain in an expeditionary environment”.
Well in TNT’s eyes, Dr Sanneta Myrie walked away with a crown worthy of commendation and one whose motive is admirable and inspiring.