July 16, 1977 – Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow becomes the first Black Miss Universe on this day. A model and beauty queen, she migrated to the United States at the age of 13, and returned to Trinidad and Tobago ten years later. After winning the Miss Trinidad and Tobago title, she went on to be crowned Miss Universe 1977 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In New York City, she studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but returned to Port of Spain in 1976. The following year, Commissiong was selected to represent the Island at the 1977 Miss Universe competition in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She was elected Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality four days before the final, and won the Best National Costume, becoming the first black woman to win these awards in Miss Universe history. During her reign, she was an advocate for black rights and world peace. Commissiong was awarded the Trinity Cross, the country’s highest award, in 1977. Three postage stamps were also issued in her honor.