Miss World 1993
- an amalgam
of news reports -
Miss Jamaica, an 18-year-old television announcer, was named Miss World 1993
in a singing and dancing extravaganza.
Lisa Hanna, a 5 foot 7 inch brown-eyed beauty, charmed the crowd and judges
at Sun City, South Africa, with her exuberant personality to win the title
previously held by Julia Kurotchinka of Russia.
Jacqueline Mofokeng, 21, who was the first black woman to win the Miss South
Africa title, was first RU. Miss Philippines, 19-year-old Sharmaine
Gutierrez, was second RU.
For the second straight year, celebrities gathered at this resort Saturday
to judge the young women competing for the title and prizes worth $185,000.
Entertainer Juliet Prowse, actor Lou Gosset Jr., novelist Frederick Forsyth,
martial arts actor Jackie Chan, model and actress Twiggy, actress and singer
Grace Jones and model Christie Brinkley chose Miss Hanna from among 81
Others taking part in the ceremony broadcast around to the world to an
estimated 1.2 billion viewers include actress Jacqueline Bissett, musician
George Benson and model Kim Alexis.
Such a star-filled lineup indicates how world opinion against South Africa
has eased since President F.W. de Klerk launched political reforms four
years ago aimed at ending apartheid.
With the nation’s first multiracial election scheduled for April, virtually
all punitive sanctions against South Africa
have been lifted, including a cultural boycott that in the past prevented
top stars from performing in the country.