Miss Universe pageant came and went. Miss South Africa won but the attention has been on afro wielding first runners-up Miss Jamaica.
The chocolate beauty who gracefully took the loss has inspired many young black women all over the world. What you didn’t know is her what her journey to the world’s biggest pageant entailed.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
She was rejected 3 Times
In 2016 shortly after deferring her acceptance into the University of The West Indies, Davina decided to chase her dreams overseas and strutted in London Fashion Week. Even after being a hit during London Fashion Week she was denied from 3 modeling agencies during her time pursuing her international modeling dreams. After feeling like her dreams were unattainable, Davina decided to make her way back home to continue pursuing her marketing degree.
Modeling has always been a dream of mine, but when I went overseas and didn’t get signed for the third time, I was disappointed. I felt like it was the end of the world for me at the time, but it didn’t stop me from still pushing to be great.
She suffered a serious health scare
As if having her dreams shattered wasn’t enough, 2 months after she was rejected by the modeling agencies, she was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst that ruptured and required her to have serious surgery.
Davina’s health scare would not be the end of her triumph. In March she was robbed and held at gunpoint–a moment at the time that she was unsure that she’d even live through. She told the Jamaica Gleaner
“When I was held at gunpoint and robbed, I really thought my life was going to be taken. I was on the ground, they had guns over my head and everything was taken from me. When I came out of it, I was down and depressed for a few weeks, but I remember thinking that if I lived, there must be a purpose for me. It can’t be that I came out of this and did nothing with the adversity that I had overcome.”
Through all the many obstacles that have gotten in her way during her journey, Davina now uses her platform to build a better life for others. Living in her purpose, Davina stands proud as the second runner up for the 2017 Miss Universe. Though she may not have been crowned she was definitely the star of the show and one hell of a force to be reckoned with.
Her journey proves that no matter the adversities that you may face in life your purpose while you’re here on Earth never escapes you