The stunning 24-year-old doctor, who was crowned Miss Jamaica in August, went on to compete in the Miss World pageant Saturday in Sanya, China. And as she took the stage, Sanneta made history as the first Miss World contestant to ever compete with her hair in locs, according to Mic.com.
"I lock my hair because I identify with it," she told BET. "I am very much rooted in that Afro-centric nature, where we as Jamaicans are rooted. It's my expression." When Sanneta made it to the top five at the pageant, she was asked why she should receive the title, and gave a response that warmed our hearts.
"My story is one of a little girl whose life was transformed with charity and love and my quest in life is to give that back to as many people as I can, and to inspire the world with my story, that no matter where you are from, your skin type your hair color, your situation — your dreams are valid," she replied. "I believe that beauty with a purpose embodies my quest and if I was blessed with the crown tonight, I would dedicate my essence to give back to the world in a purposeful and beautiful way with charity and love."
Sanneta ended up finishing in fifth place in the competition out of 114 contestants, but she didn't let that get her down. "While I may not have won the title my heart is still smiling," she wrote on Instagram. "My aim was to inspire young women from all around to the world to become the greatest versions of themselves ....That's the best victory I could have gotten . Congratulations to Miss World 2015,may you continue to inspire many ! #Homebound #MissWorld2015 #SanyaChina."
Consider your mission accomplished, Sanetta. You are a total inspiration.