In the discriminating worlds of fashion and beauty dreadlocks have all but been excluded. They’ve been excluded not because the hairsyle isn’t beautiful. The reason they’ve been excluded is because the movers and shakers (whom only recently embraced black beauty) is still piece mealing together their full commitment to all things black and beautiful.
Well the country of Jamaica is going to force the beauty world’s hand by making the bold move of sending a drealocked beauty queen to the Miss World Pageant.
And who is better to make a move like this than Jamaica, who is synonomous with the awesome hairstyle ?
The stunning beauty queen, Sanneta Myrie , a 24-year-old doctor, was crowned Miss Jamaica in August and will be competing in the Miss World competition in China. She is adorned with plenty of talents that deserve attention, including her aspirations to become part of Doctors Without Borders as well as her work as a counselor for the University of the West Indies. However, it is her hairstyle that has people doing a double-take.
Myrie’s long elegant dreadlocks are a rare sight in beauty pageants. Her appearance at the Miss World competition will mark the first time a contestant has worn this hairstyle in the pageant.
This is not the first time Jamaica has broken the dreadlock barrier, with Zahra Redwood as Miss Jamaica who appeared in the 2007 Miss Universe competition with a locked hairstyle . Redwood was the first Miss Jamaica crowned of the Rastafarian faith, and Redwood wore her hair in dreadlocks to break down stereotypes about her faith.
Myrie taking her dreads to the big time walkways of beauty can only further extinguish negative sterotypes that have haunted the beauty of natural ethnic hair.