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Cocktails With... Davina Bennett

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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With tears of joy streaming down her face at the Jamaica Pegasus Saturday last, 23-year-old model and philanthropist Davina Bennett was hand-picked to embark on a new chapter as the latest Miss Universe Jamaica. The Clarendon native and pageant queen stays hydrated with us a day later at the hotel's Blue Window restaurant as she proves her mettle in the first of many media engagements en route to the 66th staging of the international competition.

Best drink to consume straight from the bottle?

Pure water and lots of it.

Is winning everything?

Winning isn't everything, but it sure does feel great!

The word no has the ability to open what alternate doors?

No is a word that strengthens me and gives me resilience and that drive to push harder for what I wish to achieve.

Which stress-buster always takes you back to centre?

Sleep.

What or who motivates a sacrifice, especially one that will produce delayed results?

Family, close friends and the Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf.

When friends go after the same goal, does that breed competition or solidarity?

Competition. Healthy rivalry is good; I am competitive. But close friendships are very important and remain.

Which beauty stereotype still needs to be challenged in 2017?

Size. We should allow our women to believe that they are beautiful and can fit in regardless of size. Another one is short, natural hair which I feel should be embraced more, and not ignored.

What is the most obvious indicator of your rural childhood?

Growing up in rural Jamaica, it really took a village to raise a child. I believe my respect for people in general is a clear indicator.

Does philanthropy always have to involve an evening gown and a four-figure dinner?

No, it does not. Philanthropy is about having a kind heart and the desire to give back to humanity.

On one's way to the top what lessons need to be learned in order to stay there?

My philosophy: “A positive mind, with positive thoughts, bring positive results.”

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