When Janelle Penny Commissiong first appeared, she was competing for the T&T’s Miss Universe position. But she never though that she went on to make history as not only as the first Trinbagoian to win the title in 1977, but the first contestant of african-descent to achieve it.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago on June 15th, 1953, Janelle migrated to the U.S. at age 13, and returned back 10 years later and competed for Miss Trinidad and Tobago and won. Afterwards, she move on to compete for the Miss Universe pageant in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was crowned Miss Universe
She also won Miss Photogenic in the same pageant, as well as receiving the Trinity Cross (The highest national award at it time.) and 3 Postal Stamps were issue in her honuor. During her reign, she advocated for the black rights and world peace. After her reign, she went on to marry her first husband Brian Bowen, founder of Bowen Marine, who died in an accident in November 1989. She then married businessman Alwin Chow.
Today, she is still remembered for her achievement and becomes an inspiration to many women, and an influential figure today. She recently turn 61.
Photography by Gary Jordan Photography ©2012 (Check) his work here)
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I Salute this AMAZING HER-story making sista!