Cindy Breakspeare broke the World Order of the Miss World Contest
when she was crowned in the 1976 event. She blew away the beauty
pageant giving Jamaicans a great sense of pride.
It was a controversial year, as none of the sixty-nine countries
withdrew from the contest as a political protest against South Africa
being allowed to enter, due to its politics. However Jamaica remained,
and a twenty-three year old model from the country shot to fame
and fortune. The prize money for the event was £5,000, although
there were other lucrative deals on offer.
By this time a romance between Cindy and Bob Marley had blossomed,
and by 1978 they had a son Damien. Damien Jr "Gong" Marley
still carries on his father's legacy and won a Grammy for best reggae
album 'Halfway Tree' in 2002.