92 women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition.
Bennett, 21, was selected as Jamaica’s representative for the 66th staging of the pageant after securing the crown at home back in August.
She first had advanced to the top 16 as a wildcard. She then had a nervous wait to make the top 10 as her name was the last to be called for that cut. Bennett then sneaked into the top five and then top three.
Currently a second-year marketing at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Bennett has modeled for Pulse at London Fashion Week.
Bennett, who is from Clarendon has also established a foundation for the deaf.
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In September, Bennett told media reporters that she never thought she would one day represent her country on the world stage.
“I didn’t think I could do pageantry. I was always afraid of speaking. I was more of a walk on the runway and come off type of girl, but I decided that it was time for a change. I started the foundation before Miss Universe. I needed a platform to have a voice for these persons who need my support. That was my main motivation going in, and what can I say? I’m the winner today,” she said after Miss Universe Jamaica.
As she stood among the top three contestants on finale, Bennett was asked about the quality that she sees in herself of which she is most proud. Bannett said that she is most appreciative of her determination, adding that her passion for the deaf has led her to create a foundation.
This year, Cambodia, Laos and Nepaul competed at the Miss Universe finals for the first time ever.
It was also the largest number of competing countries.