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Around the World: Anguillan becomes UK's first black Miss Universe

The first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the pageant's 66-year history has called it "a great achievement".

Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers, who's also a competitive athlete and recently passed her exams to be a barrister, says the massive response to the fact she's a black woman has "kind of startled" her.

"Although I've been preparing for this pageant for a long time, I've just been preparing as Dee-Ann," she tells Newsbeat.

Designer comes forward to defend dresses worn by Miss Universe T&T

The designer behind the outfits worn by Miss Universe representative, Yvonne Clarke is defending his work and is standing firm behind his designs.

Reuben Gonzales has issued a media statement explaining the meanings of the outfits and how Clarke came to wear them.

The following is the statement by Gonzales.

Fay Ann no longer associated with Miss Universe campaign

Soca songstress Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez is no associated with the bid to have Yvonne Clarke compete at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant.

This is according to the following statement released by her publicists, Etcetera The Company today:

"MIME Limited, the company steered by Asylum Vikings female vocalist, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, takes this time to congratulate Yvonne Clarke on her reinstatement as Miss Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant to be held later this month in the United States.