Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow becomes the first Black Miss Universe on July 16, 1977. A model and beauty queen, she migrated to the United States at the age of 13, and returned to Trinidad and Tobago ten years later.
After winning the Miss Trinidad and Tobago title, she went on to be crowned Miss Universe 1977 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. During Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow reign, she was an advocate for black rights and world peace. Janelle was awarded the Trinity Cross, the country’s highest award, in 1977. Three postage stamps were also issued in her honor.
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