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Trinidad Express / 40 years ago today, T&T’s own Janelle “Penny” Commissiong was crowned Miss Universe 1997 in the Dominican Republic. More than making this nation proud with her achievement, she also opened a door for black women the world over as she was the very first black woman to win the coveted title.  Commissiong continued to do us proud over the years that followed and remains a darling of the people with her timeless beauty, poise, professionalism and overall lifestyle. Express Woman today pays tribute to Penny via our cover image as well as on our centrespread, which features a pictorial flashback to Saturday July 16, 1977 when she was crowned Miss Universe. We hope you are having a good day and that you will also enjoy a productive and enjoyable week ahead. Thank you for choosing to spend this time with us.

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