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Some folks in Finland are up in arms over the newly crowned Miss Helsinki. Nineteen-year-old Sephora Iklaba won the competition last week, besting the two other finalists pictured above. Since her victory, however, Sephora has been dealing with backlash over several things. First, she was originally born in Nigeria, which some say disqualifies her from the competition. And, according to those with a judgmental eye, the title of Miss Helsinki should be held by a woman who is more attractive. Yikes.

“If people start saying that this thing is attractive, I [have] lost all faith in humanity,” one person commented on Instagram. “Political correctness won. She’s damn ugly and not even from Finland,” another commented on social media. “It’s not that she’s black, it’s that she’s the least beautiful of all the entrants,” someone else noted.

Onnea Miss Helsinki 2017 Sephora Ikalaba ✨👸🏾

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Thankfully, Iklaba isn’t letting all the shade rain on her parade. She took to Instagram to clap back at her detractors, writing, “Be humble but still let these motherf*ckers know you worked for what you got!” She also shared her reason for doing the competition was “to be a good role model for young people and to represent those who are really unsure of themselves and are going through difficult issues”.

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  1. Samantha

    January 11, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    She is from Congo and not Nigeria

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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