Viewers celebrated when Miss Jamaica took the crown for the Miss World pageant on Saturday, but the reaction that caused the biggest stir online was that of runner-up Miss Nigeria.
Nyekachi Douglas of Nigeria was standing on stage with Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica awaiting the announcement on who would be crowned Miss World.
She then showed the ultimate support for Singh after it was revealed the woman would take the crown by jumping and yelling for the pageant queen, and it sparked a heartwarming reaction from people online.
Reaction: Nyekachi Douglas of Nigeria (left) was one of the final three for Miss World with Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica (middle) when Singh was announced as Miss World
Proud: Viewers watched Douglas give the ultimate reaction to Singh taking the crown
All love: Both Miss Nigeria and Miss Brazil hugged Singh after it was announced she was the winner of the Miss World competition on Saturday
Footage shows Douglas and Singh standing between Elis Coelho of Brazil, who was also in the running to become Miss World.
And Douglas showed nothing but support upon hearing she was runner up to Singh.
The woman was filmed shouting and cheering, even at one pointing saying, ‘Yeah girl’, before pulling Singh in for a hug. Coelho also hugged Singh while the new Miss World looked shocked by the win.
Viewers watching the moment immediately praised Douglas for her over-the-top reaction to Singh taking the crown even though the women were competitors.
‘All of us need a Miss Nigeria in our lives…with such positivity and support, anyone can move mountains,’ one commenter wrote after viewing the heartwarming moment.
‘May your friends be excited about your success just like Miss Nigeria,’ another person wrote.
Historic win: Singh’s win was also history because all the pageant titles of 2019 are currently held by black women for the first time
Important: ‘Representation is a beautiful thing — I’m really happy to represent any race or culture,’ Singh said about her win
Celebration: Viewers took to Twitter to express their joy over Douglas’ heartwarming reaction to Singh’s win on Saturday evening
People saw the moment as uplifting because the women were supporting each other in their achievements instead of being sad by the results.
Other images of Douglas showed her continue to cheer Singh on as she accepted her crown and sash on the Miss World stage, all while still appearing shocked she was the pageant winner.
‘In 2020 when your friend starts a new business, podcast, therapy, anything that enhances their life. Be her Miss Nigeria,’ a Twitter user hilariously wrote about the reactions.
Ultimately, viewers saw nothing but support and love from Miss Nigeria towards her competitor after learning she did not win.
Singh taking the crown for Miss World was a monumental moment for another reason as well, as she was the fifth black women crowned during a pageant this year.
Take notes: Many were saying Douglas’ reaction was what they needed from their own friends when ever they accomplished something important
Earlier this month Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned the winner of the 2019 Miss Universe pageant, and it became a momentous moment in history as she joined Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris — all of whom are black women.
Now Singh will join the other four women to make it the first time in history all five titles are held by black females at the same time.
Singh appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britian with Piers Morgan on Sunday morning to discuss her historic win and what it meant for representation.
On the show Piers reminded her that she was the ‘fourth Jamaican Miss World’, and went on to say: ‘But also right now — the winner of every beauty pageant in the world has been a black woman — that’s the first time its happened — what does that mean to you?’
She responded, ‘Representation is a beautiful thing — I’m really happy to represent any race or culture. I hope any young woman is able to look at me and see herself in me — and know that she is capable of doing anything.’
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