In one of the most competitive contests in the world, Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow took home the top prize: the Miss Universe title on July 16, 1977.
At just 24 years old, Commissiong-Chow made Blacks and her country proud. Trinidad recognized Commissiong-Chow during their national 50th independence celebrations with photos of the beauty queen in the first moments after being crowned Miss Universe.
Commissiong-Chow was appointed to deputy chairman to the Tourism Development company board several decades later, proving that she has far more to offer the world than her radiant beauty.
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