Yesha Callahan

Sanneta Myrie To Be The First Woman To Compete In The Miss World Pageant With Locs

We’ve seen natural hair on the red carpet, on the runway, and on the big and small screen, and now we’re about to see it on the pageant stage. Sanneta Myrie, the 24-year-old beauty — and medical doctor — who was crowned Miss Jamaica in August, is poised to compete in the Miss World Pageant in China next year and she’ll do so rocking a head full of gorgeous locs.

That fact has set the Internet ablaze, but embracing her natural beauty is nothing new for Myrie. She told the Jamaica Observer:

“My life has always been rooted in the arts and culture which has significantly impacted my own personal style. So even when I select glam, it has to have an ethnic urban twist to it. I like timeless pieces, so I keep away from the extra trendy styles.”

According to, it wasn’t until 2007 that locs were even seen at the Miss Universe competition. Similarly, it was another Miss Jamaica pageant winner, Zahra Redwood, who ushered in the trend. Redwood, a Rastafarian, made the decision specifically to break down stereotypes; Myrie on the other hand is more concerned with simply being her naturally beautiful self.

“You have to first find yourself and love her fiercely before people can truly be struck by you and fall in love with you,” she said. “You hear all the time confidence is key, and it’s true, you have to be confident in who you are, if you ever hope to be truly beautiful.”

Myrie will compete in the Miss World Pageant on November 19, 2016. We’ll definitely be rooting for her.

Check out more photos of Sanneta on the next page!

  1. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    Big Up!

  2. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    She’s really pretty, she has that pageant face but its her hair that will makes her stand out in the crowd of other pageant faces.

  3. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    She is beautiful and I am loving her locs.

  4. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    Simply gorgeous. I love the locs.

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply


      I totally agree with you.

  5. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    Lovely I especially like how she talks about her personal style preference for being natural and timeless not trendy pieces without any comparative reference to ” everyone else or what the “others ” are doing ….Classy

  6. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    She is cute and her locs does stand out.

  7. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    So far, I agree with everyone’s comments. ??

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  9. December 20, 2015 - Reply

    was there ever a rule that black women could not wear certain hair styles in these beauty contests …

    • December 22, 2015 - Reply


      Not really. Most of these pageants were created to promote white women as the standard of beauty. So no matter what country the woman is from the woman will be very light and have straight hair, reflecting this adherence to white is right beauty standards.

  10. December 21, 2015 - Reply

    So we are just going to act like it doesn’t matter she’s participating in Miss Universe – a pageant owned by a racist orange running for president? ?

    • December 21, 2015 - Reply


      Miss World is a different pageant.
      Donald Trump owns Miss Universe.

      • December 21, 2015 - Reply


        Ok thanks!

  11. December 21, 2015 - Reply

    Locs are nice but I think it is time for these racist Miss Universe pageants to start putting on more dark chocolate sisters, considering that most of these pageants were originally created to promote white beauty even in mostly black colonies.

    I just looked at the last 5 or 6 winners of Miss Jamaica Universe and only one is very dark compared to the actual population of Jamaica.

  12. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    She should’ve won

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