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19_November_1976_Santa_Cruz_Sentinel_Santa_Cruz_California - s Hew 1 LONDON (AP) - "It has been so hectic I...
s Hew 1 LONDON (AP) - "It has been so hectic I haven't even had time for my jog this morning," said Cindy Breakspeare, the new Miss World, as she sipped coffee over breakfast today. Miss Breakspeare, a 22-year-old physical education teacher from Jamaica, likes to keep fit with a morning run. But after winning the Miss World title Thursday night, she'd celebrated until 4 a.m., snatched a couple of hours' sleep, then was up at 6 to telephone her mother in Jamaica before setting off on a round of engagements. The brown-haired West Indian beauty with hazel eyes triumphed over 60 other women at the pageant, where a mass walkout by nonwhite contestants to protest South Africa's racial policies was threatened but failed to materialize. "I have three brothers and a sister and the whole family were so thrilled and proud," said Miss Breakspeare. "My first priority is to buy a bit of land in Jamaica to build a house for mvself and my family." Looking ahead to her one-year reign as Miss World, she said: "I think it's the greatest opportunity a girl can get and I shall make the most of it." In Jamaica, many residents of the Caribbean island were enthusiastic about Miss Breakespeare's victory even though the Jamaican government had not officially sponsored her participation in the contest. ST i TTTTT T viiss w I , V k - -J A J orld Cindy Breakspeare Miss Breakspeare's mother, Marguerite Burke, said she was overjoyed. She emphasized that "politics and beauty should not be mixed up." The government had said it could not officially approve the pageant because South Africa, following its apartheid policy of racial separation, entered two contestants, one white and one black. However, Jamaica's Deputy Prime Minister David Corre said he would extend his personal congratulations to Miss Breakespeare. Hours before the final judging Thursday, the Philippine and Yugoslav governments had ordered their entrants out of the contest. Seven other governments India, Mauritius, Swaziland, Liberia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Malaysia had withdrawn their representatives earlier in the week. But 60 other young women remained in the competition. "The girls were very disappointed," said Miss Breakspeare. "There were some others who thought they might have to pull out, but fortunately in the end they did not. But it was unpleasant for every one of us." A boycott of the competition was urged by the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC), which had a hand in the African and Arab boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. "SANROC have achieved their publicity, now they seem to be trying to destroy us," said Julia Morley, whose husband heads the entertainment chain that sponsors the contest. Mrs. Morley said contest organizers have been trying for years to get South Africa to choose one contestant in a multiracial judging. "We have won our battle next year's contest (in South Africa) will be multiracial," she said. "So why do this now?" The new Miss World is a physical fitness instructor who says she hopes to open a health food restaurant some day. She is 5-foot-6 with circumferences of 35-24-36. She was crowned by Miss World 1975, Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico.

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  1. Santa Cruz Sentinel,
  2. 19 Nov 1976, Fri,
  3. Page 17

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