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Glamorous Photos of Jennifer Hosten, The First Black Woman to Win Miss World Contest, 1970

Miss World 1970 contest was held in London, United Kingdom. There was a dispute because the organizers had allowed two entries from South Africa, one black and one white. Women’s liberation activists protested, and flour was thrown. During the evening, Bob Hope was heckled.

When the results were announced, there was even more controversy. Jennifer Hosten became the first black woman to win Miss World, and the black contestant from South Africa finished second. The BBC and newspapers received numerous complaints about the result, with allegations of racism coming from all sides. Miss Sweden received four first-place votes, while Miss Grenada received only two and the most overall points. Miss Sweden, who was expected to win, finished fourth.

Additionally, the Premier of Grenada, Eric Gairy, was on the judging panel. Even though judges from other countries took part in the contest, there were many accusations that the contest was rigged. The audience chanted “Sweden, Sweden” after the contest in the street outside Royal Albert Hall. Julia Morley, the organizing director, resigned four days later because of intense pressure from the newspapers. Later, Miss Sweden, Marjorie Christel Johansson, said she had been cheated out of the title.

Eric Morley, Julia Morley’s husband, was the chairman of the Miss World franchise’s company. Eric Morley provided the judging panel’s ballot cards and explained the system of majority voting to disprove the accusations. Based on these cards, Hosten placed higher than Miss Sweden and the other five finalists in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th positions.

Below are some glamorous photos of Jennifer Hosten from the Miss World 1970 contest.

#1 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#2 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#3 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#4 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#5 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#6 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#7 Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

Jennifer Hosten Posing on the sofa in Newcastle, 1970

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#8 Jennifer Hosten of Grenada, winner of 1970 Miss World beauty contest.

Jennifer Hosten of Grenada, winner of 1970 Miss World beauty contest.

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#9 Miss World Beauty contest, 1970

Miss World Beauty contest, 1970

View of all the contestants posed wearing swimsuits on 14th November prior to competition in the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 20th November 1970.

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#10 Jennifer Hosten (22) of Grenada is chosen from 58 contestants and crowned as, Miss World, 1970.

Jennifer Hosten (22) of Grenada is chosen from 58 contestants and crowned as, Miss World, 1970.

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#11 Bob Hope crowns 22 year old Jennifer Hosten of Grenada “Miss World”, Jennifer was chosen from 58 contenders for the title.

Bob Hope crowns 22 year old Jennifer Hosten of Grenada "Miss World", Jennifer was chosen from 58 contenders for the title.

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#12 Miss World Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, 20th November 1970.

Miss World Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, 20th November 1970.

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#13 Miss World Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, 20th November 1970.

Miss World Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, 20th November 1970.

Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten (seated) celebrates after being crowned the new Miss World, surrounded by the four runners up left to right: Irith Lavi - Miss Israel, Jillian Jessup - Miss South Africa, Pearl Jansen - Miss Africa South and Marjorie Christel Johansson - Miss Sweden.

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#14 Miss World Competition winner Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada.

Miss World Competition  winner Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada.

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#15 Miss World Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, 20th November 1970.

Miss World Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, 20th November 1970.

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#16 Bob Hope, crowning Jennifer Hosten.

Bob Hope, crowning Jennifer Hosten.

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#17 Five finalists in the Miss World 1970 contest at the Royal Albert Hall.

Five finalists in the Miss World 1970 contest at the Royal Albert Hall.

The winner, Jennifer Hosten (Miss Grenada), 22, surrounded by (l-r) Miss Israel, Miss South Africa, Miss Africa South and Miss Sweden.

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#18 Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten wins the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 20th November 1970.

Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten wins the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 20th November 1970.

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#19 Comedian Bob Hope crowns Jennifer Hosten (Miss Grenada) as the winner of the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant, 20th November 1970.

Comedian Bob Hope crowns Jennifer Hosten (Miss Grenada) as the winner of the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant,  20th November 1970.

Also visible are runners-up Jillian Jessup (Miss South Africa, left) and Pearl Jansen (Miss Africa South).

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#20 Miss World 1970

Miss World 1970

Miss World Beauty Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Friday 20th November 1970, Jennifer Hosten from Grenada is crowned Miss World 1970, the contest was disrupted by members of the Women's Liberation Movement, debris from powder bombs can be seen on the ground.

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#21 Miss World beauty contest, 1970

Miss World beauty contest, 1970

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#22 Miss World beauty contest, 1970

Miss World beauty contest, 1970

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#23 Miss World Beauty Competition at the Royal Albert Hall.

Miss World Beauty Competition at the Royal Albert Hall.

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#24 Miss World Beauty Competition at the Royal Albert Hall.

Miss World Beauty Competition at the Royal Albert Hall.

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#25 Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten is crowned, Friday 20th November 1970.

Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten is crowned, Friday 20th November 1970.

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#26 Jennifer Hosten, Miss World 1970

Jennifer Hosten, Miss World 1970

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#27 Miss World 1970

Miss World 1970

Winner of the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant, Jennifer Hosten from Grenada is crowned by American entertainer and host Bob Hope (1903-2003) as she sits on the winner's throne at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 20th November 1970.

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#28 Jennifer Hosten, 1970

Jennifer Hosten, 1970

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#29 2nd Prize Beauty

2nd Prize Beauty

21st November 1970: Miss Africa South, 20 year old Pearl Gladys Jansen pictured during the swimwear parade for the Miss World contest in London. Unfortunately for Pearl she was pipped to the title by Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada.

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#30 Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada, the day after being crowned the new Miss World at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada, the day after being crowned the new Miss World at the Royal Albert Hall.

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#31 Miss World beauty contest, 1970

Miss World beauty contest, 1970

Winner of the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant, Jennifer Hosten from Grenada pictured wearing her crown and sceptre in Grosvenor Square, London on 21st November 1970 after being crowned Miss World 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall the night before.

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#32 Jennifer Hosten, who won the Miss World 1970 contest as Miss Grenada, shopping in London, UK, 6th January 1971.

Jennifer Hosten, who won the Miss World 1970 contest as Miss Grenada, shopping in London, UK, 6th January 1971.

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#33 Jennifer Hosten from Grenada, 1971

Jennifer Hosten from Grenada, 1971

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