The story of how Grenadian Jennifer Hosten broke barriers to become
the first black woman to be crowned miss world has finally made its way to the
The movie, which tells the story of an island girl who defied the
odds and captured the world during a time when feminism and racism were rife
was premiered in London on Monday.
Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Grenadian, Jennifer Hosten – the first
woman of color to be crowned Miss World, Keira Knightley as a member of the
newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement, “MISBEHAVIOUR” follows the disruption
of the 1970 Miss World beauty competition of London by a group of feminist
A delegation of extraordinary Grenadians joined Jennifer Hosten and
the stellar cast of “MISBEHAVIOUR” at the premiere. Pure Grenada heralded the
movie for its portrayal of a defining moment in history.
CEO of Grenada Tourism Authority Patricia Maher, said:
“Misbehaviour depicts a chapter of Jennifer’s story that exemplifies her
groundbreaking life as she helped put Grenada on the map fifty years ago. Since
then Grenada has grown its international appeal for visitors with a
record-breaking half a million visitors to the destination in 2018.”
Hosten, born in Grenada in 1947, was a flight attendant for BWIA
(now Caribbean Airlines) when she took a leave of absence to compete in Miss
World, the most-watched TV show on the planet during the 1970s. She was crowned
winner despite the competition being interrupted by a Women’s Liberation
Movement stage invasion.
Subsequent to the competition, Hosten pursued a successful career
in diplomacy, trade negotiation and international development including serving
as Grenada High Commissioner to Canada, working as a Canadian diplomat to
Bangladesh and owning her own tourism business.
Maher added: “The tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and
Petite Martinique offers something for everyone with a very warm welcome for
visitors and we’re delighted that this retelling of Jennifer’s inspiring and
relevant story once again gives Grenada top billing.”
Directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe the movie includes an
all-star cast including Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley
Hawes, Rhys Ifans, and Phyllis Logan.
“MISBEHAVIOUR” is in UK cinemas from Friday, 13th March 2020.