19_November_1976_San_Antonio_Express_San Antonio, Texas

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19_November_1976_San_Antonio_Express_San Antonio, Texas - Miss Jamaica is new Miss World ASSOCIATED PRESS...
Miss Jamaica is new Miss World ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — Miss Jamaica, 22-year-old Cindy Breakspcare, was chosen Miss World 1976 Thursday. The contest lias been marred by the withdrawal of nine participants protesting Smith Africa's race policies. M ins Australia. Karen Jo Pini. 19, was first, runner- up. Third place went to Miss Guam, 17-year-old Diana Duenas. The new Miss World, a brown-haired West Indian beauty with hazel eyes, is a physical education teacher. She is 5-.feet-6 and her measurements were given as 35-24-36. She is a friend of Jamaican reggae singing star Bob Mar ley and said site hopes to open a health food restaurant someday. She was crowned by Miss World 1975, Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico. The hazel-eyed'’ Miss Breakspeare won a prize of 5,000 pounds ($8,500) and the chance to earn an additional 20,000 pounds ($34,000) during her year-long reign. Miss United Kingdom, Carol Grant, 19, of Glasgow. Scotland, placed fourth, and Miss Finland, Merja Tam mi. 21, was fifth. American Miss United States, 21-yearoId model Kimberlee Foley of Southfield, Mich., was not among the last 15 in the semifinals. Miss Holland. Stephanie Flatovv, and Miss Turkey. Israel, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Singapore, Miss Spain, Miss Trinidad- Tobago and Miss Venezuela. Just hours before the final judging in the crowded Royal Albert Hall, the governments of the Philippi n n e s and Yugoslavia pulled their contestants out of the competition to protest the racist image projected by the presence of two South African entrants, one black and one white. Withdrawal They were the eighth and ninth contestants to withdraw and left 60 to take part in the final night’s events. Earlier it was thought Miss Trinidad-Tobago had been withdrawn Thursday because her government ordered its ambassador in London to boycott the contest. But that did not stop her from competing. Organizers had feared a “sensational, last-minute” walkout by others before the televised contest Thursday nnight. In the three days before the finals, seven governments withdrew their representatives, some of whom departed in tears. They were India. Mauritius, Swaziland, Liberia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, The protest, similar to the boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal by African and Arab nations, was against South Africa’s apartheid racial policy. Just hours before the final judging* the governments of the Philippines und Yugoslavia pulled their contestants out of the competition Jalc Bay ban, were among Other girls reaching the the seven finalists but got semifinals were Miss Arno final placing. gentina. Miss Ireland. Miss MISS JAMAICA, Cindy ßreakspeare, is the new Miss World

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  1. San Antonio Express,
  2. 19 Nov 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 34

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