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 Mic.com, 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!

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  • D1Mind

    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.

  • i mean

    She should’ve won