Jennifer Hosten found herself in the midst of tremendous social and political upheaval in a very unexpected venue for modern audiences. In 1970, after winning a Miss Grenada contest she went to London for the 1970 Miss World pageant. Hosten was surprised herself, but that surprise would grow as the events of the pageant would take on a very dramatic tone.
Miss World 1970 is Hosten’s memoir that has been adapted into the movie, Misbehaviour, which is slated for release this year. Hosten arrived for the pageant, but so too did the Women’s Liberation movement in a fledgling capacity. They had chosen this globally-televised event to showcase their message that women should not be sexually exploited. This resulting in storming Royal Albert Hall, chasing Bob Hope off stage, and even planting bombs. The world would find itself introduced to both radical feminism and a new ideal of beauty when Hosten became the first woman of color to be crowned Miss World.
Jennifer Hosten had worked as a BBC trained broadcaster and an airline hostess prior to her Miss World win and after it she became involved in diplomacy, trade negotiation, and international development. She currently is a practicing psychotherapist and is a mother of two children living in Oakville, Ontario. Her story is one of change and being recognized for the person you are. The story she shares within Miss World 1970 showcases all of her remarkable achievements. Hosten is someone to not only idolize, but emulate. She has achieved so much and reading her memoir will show just how much she has done. You can find out more about the book, the motion picture, and Jennifer Hosten on her official website.