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Birmingham Uni law grad becomes first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in 66 years

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Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers hopes to become a barrister

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A University of Birmingham law graduate and aspiring barrister has been crowned Miss Universe Great Britain.

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers saw off competition from 31 other contestants at the Miss Universe GB finals in Newport on Saturday evening. It is understood that the law grad is the first black woman to secure the coveted title in the pageant’s 66-year history.

The 25-year-old completed her LLB at Birmingham Law School in 2016 and went on to study the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The University of Law. Originally from the British overseas territory of Anguilla, Kentish-Rogers completed her vocational studies earlier this year and hopes to become a barrister.

However, a quick scan of her LinkedIn shows the beauty queen may have considered becoming a solicitor at some point, having completed a vacation scheme with London-based family law firm Dawson Cornwell.

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Miss Universe GB wasn’t Kentish-Rogers’ only life goal. She aspired to be an Olympic heptathlete, having competed twice in the Commonwealth Games, but a knee injury meant she could no longer pursue that goal.

Commenting on her pageant success, Kentish-Rogers — who has almost 7,000 followers on Instagram — told BBC’s Newsbeat:

“The buzz that’s surrounding my victory in Miss Universe GB is the first indication as to why it’s so important today. If I can say that to a young black girl, an Asian girl, any girl of any ethnicity in the United Kingdom, especially in this post-Brexit, post-Windrush era, then I would be ecstatic because I would have done my job.”

The beauty queen will now go on to represent the UK at the Miss Universe contest in the Philippines later this year.

Kentish-Rogers isn’t the first legally-minded beauty queen to reign supreme. Last year, Nottingham law student and aspiring human rights lawyer, Anna Burdzy, beat 34 finalists to take home the Miss Universe GB title.

And there’s more. In 2016, Legal Cheek ran a piece about Olivia Green, Vicky Marriott, Ashleigh Wild, Kyarna Weed and Stephanie Wyatt — all law students or aspiring law students who were known on the pageant circuit.

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27 Comments

Anonymous

We need more hyphens.

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Anonymous

I went to Sheffield once and saw there a dilapidated stadium surrounding a track and field facility.

Potentially any of the school children of Sheffield could have used that facilty, but hardly anyone did.

It is not on anyone’s curriculum to have a child in school fit enough to heptathlete standard.

As it happens there was a child who used it regularly through a sports club.

She was called Jessica Ennis.

As far as I know Jessica Ennis never took the time to get a professional qualification.

But in reading this I thought to myself if you can be a heptathlete and get a professional qualification, you sure could manage to have any kind of more trivial desk based or blue collar job.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the beauty queen was championing the right of every child to fulfil its physical potential in school by being able to.practice to heptathlete standard first and foremost, with their job coming second.

She could say, if Jessica could be a heptathlete and I could be, it is just a matter if opportunity and facilitation. Let us embrace this and lever the society that is prone to diminish our physiques to allow us to grow into a better world.

Instead it is – if you are ethnic minority but beautiful you could enter into a pageant. This is no advance on Oprah Winfrey’s example in the early 1960s, is it. Or is it me ?

Well done for winning but you could have been a placard for more than beauty pageants with some derring do 😊

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Anonymous

Yeah I would too mate.

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Anonymous

“Any other desk based or blue collar job”

Couldn’t see her being a bricklayer

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Anonymous

Some children could take blue collar jobs.

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Anonymous

She didn’t say children, that line about blue collar was in reference to ennis

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JD Partner

Do I really need to make any comment? This is an open goal.

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Anonymous

Fit as

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Anonymous

What?

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Anonymous

a fiddle?

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Anonymous

Will soon leave the profession and any further aspirations within the field of law to join love island.

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Anonymous

Stunning!! Congratulations!!

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Carmine

Congrats on being a law graduate. Being a beauty queen, not so much.

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Why you hating though?

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Anonymous

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We were the Mulvaneys.

That’s a good point actually.

If a champion beauty queen gets complimented on her linked in profile picture… then the likely reaction is positive.

Makes you wonder.

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KK

Wtf?

What’s happened to Legal Cheek since I left? You’re a FEMINIST web site. You’re meant to hate representations of female beauty. Remember the formula one grid girls? We cannot allow women to participate in outdated celebrations of patriarchal misogyny. Stop advertising this traitorous fem-slut this instant!

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

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Anonymous

So hawt

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Anonymous

I would type something in here but it would only breach a comments policy and be deleted…

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Anonymous

It is a shame this one got moderated to death. Very boring LC.

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Trumpenkrieg

[Insert racist comment here]

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

[insert comment advising the above that he is a fascist and requesting him to bugger off]

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Anonymous

Free Tommy please

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Anonymous

Pert!

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