These Women are Proving That the World has Changed



Miss Nigeria cheering on her friend.

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist

Many women around the world are being judged for their race and other problems such as sexuality and economic background. These women are proving that the world still has the ability to change for the better. 

People are loving Miss Nigeria’s reaction to Miss Jamaica’s winning the Miss World award on Dec. 14, 2019. When the announcer said Toni-Ann Singh, representing Jamaica, had won first place, it wasn’t Miss Jamaica who jumped up and down and began celebrating. It was Nyekachi Douglas, also known as Miss Nigeria. She danced around the stage while Miss Jamaica stood there, a look of complete shock and disbelief on the winner’s face. 

Miss Nigeria’s reaction is going viral, with many saying they want a friend like her, who continuously support their friends. Videos of her squealing and hugging Miss Jamaica are being passed around social media. Miss Nigeria isn’t the only memorable and loved contestant of these competitions, though.

For the first time, five current winners of major beauty pageants are held by women of African descent. Miss Universe’s current winner is  Zozibini Tunzi, Miss World’s is Toni-Ann Singh, Miss America’s is Nia Franklin, Miss USA’s is Cheslie Cryst, and Miss Teen USA’s is Kaleigh Garris. On another note, Swe Zin Htet, a Miss Universe competitor representing Myanmar, was the first openly lesbian competitor in this pageant, even though homosexuality is illegal in her country, according to Glamour

These women faced struggles with racism, beauty, and gender stereotypes, but are now proving that things are beginning to change for them. In an interview with The New York Times, Miss Jamaica stated that all girls across the world have a purpose. These women are strong individuals helping to change the way society sees “beauty,” including every woman under the sun.