Twenty one year old Darcey Corria became the first Miss Wales of color after emerging victorious in a pageant held on May 8th. She hails from the city of Barry located in the southern region of the country. She is of mixed Welsh and Jamaican heritage and a strong advocate of racial equality.

“I think it’s extremely important for young women living in Wales who are of mixed ethnicity or black or Asian to feel like they are represented in every aspect of life,” she said after her crowning. “”Young women, especially younger girls, will feel that there is somebody that they can relate to in the media which is something that I really struggled with when I was growing up. I really couldn’t relate to anybody.”

Darcey Corria will represent Wales in the next edition of Miss World pageant. Since 1999, Wales competes at Miss World as a separate entity due to the British devolution. It is one of the countries that comprise the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is yet to win the Miss World crown and its highest placement was in 2012 when Sophie Moulds was named as first runner-up.