Carole Crawford

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Carole Crawford
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born (1943-02-13) February 13, 1943 (age 74)
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Title(s) Miss World 1963
Major
competition(s)
Miss Jamaica World 1963

Carole Joan Crawford (born February 13, 1943) is a Jamaican model who won the Miss World contest in 1963,[1] and became the beauty contest's first woman of colour to win the crown; she was also the first winning delegate from both Jamaica and the Caribbean.[2] At the time of her victory, she was 20 years old and stood at a height of only 5'3" (1.59 m), which was short by Miss World standards at the time.[citation needed] During the beauty competition, which was held in London, Crawford wore a specially designed swimsuit with a high neckline so that she would appear taller.[citation needed]

Her return to Jamaica, after her historic win in London, sparked a huge celebration: "The reception when I returned was simply fantastic. The airport was filled with people welcoming me. The Government had issued millions of commemorative stamps with my picture in my swimsuit on it. There were receptions with Sir Alexander Bustamente and Governor General Sir Clifford Campbell and his wife. I was presented with the gold key to the city of Kingston." In honor of her winning the Miss World title, the Jamaica Post issued a series of stamp imprinted with an image of Crawford wearing a swimsuit.[3]

Today, Crawford resides in Canada, and is known as Carole Joan Crawford-Merkens.[4]

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