The newly crowned Miss Universe, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, is being criticized for not being "African" and being a beneficiary of "White Privilege." In an article on the website madamenoire.com, Victoria Uwumarogie had this to say:
"First of all I must say congratulations to the newly crowned Miss Universe Demi Leigh Nel-Peters on her win last night in Las Vegas but I as a black woman was quite surprised that a country like South Africa which comprises of 79% black people had the audacity to send up a white woman delegate to represent them at the Miss Universe Pageant and to add insult to injury she went on to win the whole thing?"
Ms. Uwumarogie went on:
"My question to Ms. Nel-Peters is this, do you really think that you genuinely won that pageant last night or were a beneficiary of white privilege? She believed that she was representing South Africa, but is she really African? If Ms. Nel-Peters were to walk down the streets of Berlin or any European city does she really think that people would think that she is African?"
"Just imagine in the space of just eleven months two white women have one the Miss Universe Pageant. Two. That's an insult. Also, did anyone notice in the question segment that Miss Jamaica, the lovely sister answered the best? Yet she couldn't win. This is proof the competition is rigged for European-looking women to win. What was wrong with Miss Jamaica? Was she the wrong color? Did she break the laws of the pageant by wearing her hair the natural way?"
Ms. Uwumarogie proceeded:
"Why is this so? Why must every woman have to conform to a European standard of beauty even if they are not European? Another thing, did anyone notice that a lot of the so-called Asian delegates had very Caucasian looks? This is what trying to conform to white standards of beauty does to women. It makes them hate themselves and they undergo all sorts of dangerous procedures like skin-lightening and plastic surgery to look more "white"."
Ms. Uwumarogie then went on to praise Miss Jamaica as she went on:
"The real winner of the Miss Universe Pageant last night to me was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett - a strong black woman who was not afraid to wear her natural hair and who demonstrated beauty, poise, grace and intelligence."
Ms. Uwumarogie then ended the article with this strange lament:
"I sincerely hope that I would be alive to see the day when another sister wins the Miss Universe Pageant. Or is that wishful thinking in a world made by white men for white women to benefit?"