Biography – Miss Universe 1977
1977 used to be the yr of the Snake within the Chinese Horoscope. Certainly, used to be a excellent yr for the ones individuals who have been born within the years 1929, 1941 and 1953.Trinidad Tobago has been referred to as one of the stunning international locations within the Third World, however the Caribbean Island could also be the birthplace of the primary black Miss Universe Pageant within the History. Her title: Janelle Penny Commissiong.
In 1953 Janelle “Penny” Commissiong, the daughter of Venezuelan mom and Trinidadian father, got here into the arena in Port of Spain, Trinidad Tobago, a rustic very well-known for its song and athletes as Ato Bolton and Hasely Crawford. In the 1960s she moved along with her circle of relatives to the United States.
In New York City, she studied model dressmaker on the Fashion Institute of Technology. But she returned to Port of Spain in 1976, yr the place Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Margaret Elizabeth McFarlane, received the Miss Congeniality Title. Next yr, Janelle Commissiong were decided on to constitute the Island on the 1977 Miss Universe Competition in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
During the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant Miss TT used to be very talked-about, however used to be no longer favourite for the name. Miss Austria, Eva Maria Duringer, used to be a large favourite till final 2nd.She seems like Farrah Fawcett, an actress absolute best recognized for her function on Tv’s Charly Angel’s within the 1970s.Other favorites have been Miss Colombia, Aura Maria Mojica, an unique lady from Cali; and Miss Nicaragua, Beatriz Lacayo Obregon, a impressive Latin Barbie from Managua. But none favourite didn’t discuss English rather well.
Miss Trinidad-Tobago used to be elected Miss Photogenic four days sooner than the overall. She used to be the second one black girl to win the award within the Miss Universe History. On July 16th, within the National Theater of Santo Domingo, Janelle Commissiong used to be superior within the semifinal and ultimate. It used to be an excellent day for her. Miss Austria didn’t display the similar skill in comparison to Miss TT. Minutes later Janelle Commissiong used to be crowded Miss Universe.
Miss Trinidad and Tobago attracted global consideration in 1977 as a result of she used to be crowded as the primary black within the chronology of Miss Universe. At the tip of the transmission, by means of satellite tv for pc, the Trinidadian celebrated the triumph of Janelle Commissiong. Port of Spain used to be a carnival. Every newspaper had the similar tale. The New York Times mentioned that “Miss Universe 1977 used to be a black bombshell”. Certainly, the arena didn’t have a black Miss Universe till 1977.
There have been 12 judges: Oscar de La Renta (Dominican dressmaker), Dionne Warwick (American singer), Gordon Parks (American photographer), Roberto Cavalli (dressmaker from Italy), Marisol Malaret (previously Miss Universe), Wihelmina (dressmaker from the Netherlands) and different personalities. When Janelle used to be crowded as Miss Universe, Dionne Warwick mentioned “I felt as If I had received”.
After her reign, she had an interview with Joaquin Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (keen on Miss Universe Pageant) within the National Palace. Like Miss Universe, she visited many countries world wide: from Iceland, Argentina, Hong Kong, Peru, Puerto Rico to the United States.
In 1978 Janelle went to Chile, the place she used to be a different pass judgement on on the “Miss Beaches of South American”. During her reign, she were an suggest for black’s rights and the arena peace. She desires to fulfill with Idi Amin Dada, one of the most worst dictators of the 20th Century.
Like Roberto Clemente, Mary Eugenia Charles, Marlene Ottey, Billy Ocean and Tim Duncan, She is an icon within the Caribbean…