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Miss Jamaica 'robbed' of Miss Universe crown

ROBBED?: Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell

ANGRY TWITTER users took to the social networking site last night (Jan 25) after Jamaica's Kaci Fennell was placed fifth (fourth runner up) in the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami.

The early favourite lost out on lifting the coveted crown to Colombia's Paulina Vega in the annual event, but as soon as the result was announced a number of viewers took to social media to criticise the decision.

"Never heard the audience boo like that at the #MissUniverse 2015 pageant !! Who else, other than me, felt like #MissJamaica was wronged?!," wrote @dashING_datta.

"It looks like #MissUniverse's world isn't ready to a black, elegant, short hair and INTELLIGENT woman as #MissJamaica," @Samynemir added.

His comment followed that from Miss United Nations Ambassador, Sonia Sharma, who blasted Miss Universe organisers for their archaic view that Miss Universe contestants should have "long flowing hair".

"The idea that pageant queens need to have long flowing hair proved wrong by Miss Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. We as a society need role models like her - and in my eyes she is Miss Universe 2015! She proved what I've been encouraging as Miss United Nations Ambassador; that just because someone else hasn't done it, doesn't mean you can't do it! #MissJamaica #MissUniverse."

Following the announcement in Florida International University Arena in Doral, fellow contestants lifted Fennell - and not the pageants winner - in the air in a celebratory fashion.

Posting the picture on Twitter, user @MandySchendel added the caption: "Clearly the other girls and the crowd saw how amazing she was... #MissJamaica #MissUniverse."

Throughout the competition, Fennell was praised for her poise, confidence and grace.

During last night's final, Fennel confidently strode onto the stage in a "drop dead red” gown as one of the top five contestants.

The first question posed to her by one of the judges: "One of three women in the world will experience violence, what can be done to reduce it?"

Her response: "Crime is a global phenomenon, it does not affect just one nation and we as people of the world should work together to prevent it now. Thank you."

She would face another nerve-racking moment when a viewer's question was posed to her querying her country’s most important contribution to the world.

Fennell said music, through Bob Marley, and athletics, through world record holder, Usain Bolt, are Jamaica's most significant contributions to the world.

Taking to Twitter ahead the pageant, Fennell wrote: "Thank you everyone for all the love my last day, I will give it my ALL!!!

"Matters not what the outcome may be, because tonight marks only the beginning."

Surfacing this morning, the beauty retweeted a disappointed comment from a fan, which read: Jamaaaaicaaaa #MissUniverse2015," with a series of sad faces.

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