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Jennifer Hosten

Biography

Grenadian Performing & Recording Artists

Date of Birth (DOB): 12/3/48
From: Grenada
Best Known for: Miss World 1970

Bio: Jennifer Hosten was born and raised in St. George's, Grenada. She completed her education in London, studied broadcasting with the BBC and worked for its Caribbean service before becoming a flight attendant.

In 1970 Ms. Hosten then 22 won the Miss World Title, her enthronement as Miss World was clouded in controversy fueled by racial tensions. Her runner up was Miss South Africa making it the first time ever in an international pageant that both winner and runner up were black. An immediate and distasteful uproar began with the television audience booing as if in an international soccer match. The controversy was further inflamed by the presence of the Grenada’s eccentric Prime Minister, Sir Eric Gairy, on the judging panel.

Despite the controversy surrounding her victory Jennifer Hosten was acclaimed in Grenada as a national heroine, and less than seven months later, in June 1971, six commemorative stamps were printed in her honour.

During Christmas 1970, Jennifer joined Bob Hope on his annual tour of U.S. overseas army camps, and sang her way through "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" with Hope before thousands of American servicemen. She also appeared with Liberace in Australia and made personal appearances all over the world.

After her year of office, Jennifer became a customer relations officer with Air Canada, married that airline’s executive David Craig and they lived in Bermuda until 1973, when they took up residence in Ontario, Canada.

In August 1978, Jennifer Hosten Craig was appointed High Commissioner to Canada from Grenada, in November, 1978, she was a special guest at the Miss World pageant. In 1992 Edwin Mellen Press published an academic study by Jennifer Hosten Craig titled The Effect of a North American Free Trade Agreement on the Commonwealth Caribbean. She is presently involved in a project that proposes to create a worldwide television station to give a voice to those not commonly heard.

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