19_November_1976_The_Times_Record_Troy, New York
LONDON (AP) - A dusky-skinned, hazel-eyed 22-year ; oid Cindy Breakspeare, has been crowned Miss 1976 after a mass walkout of colored contestants to South Africa's racial policies failed to materialize. Hours before the final judging Thursday night, the Philippine and Yugoslav governments ordered their out of the contest. The action was in protest against presence of two.South African entries -- one white and black -- in conformity with the apartheid policy of separation. Seven other black or brown governments -- India. Mauritius. Swaziland. Liberia. Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Malaysia -- withdrew their representatives earlier in the week. But 60 young women remained in the competition. "The girls were very disappointed," said Miss Breakspeare. "There were some others who thought might have to pull out, but fortunately in the end they But it wasi^unpleasant for every one of us." The new Miss World is a physical fitness instructor says she hopes to open a health food restaurant some is 5-foot-6 witb circumferences of 35-24-36. She was by Miss World 1975, Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico. Miss Breakspeare won a cash prize of S8,50fl and year-long reign will have the chance to earn about more.