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Miss Personality From Seychelles

November 27, 1998

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) _ Miss Seychelles, in a contest held in her homeland, won the Miss Personality title at the 1998 Miss World contest.

Alvina Grandcourt won the title Thursday night, judges announced today. Miss Israel, an 18-year-old student who is expected to report for compulsory military service in her country early next year, was crowned Miss World on Thursday night.

Linor Abargil is due to begin 20 months of service in April 1999. But her father, Jackie Abargil, said he hopes the army will postpone her induction so she can fulfill her yearlong duties as Miss World.

In other titles announced today, Miss World runner-up, France’s Veronique Caloc, won for Europe. South Africa’s Kerishnie Naicker claimed the crown for Africa.

Chile’s Daniella Campos won for the Americas, and Malaysia’s Pick Lin Lina Teoh, who was second runner-up in the Miss World pageant, took home the Asian crown.

Jamaica’s Christine Straw won the Oceania crown.

Brazil’s Adriana Reis picked up the Miss Photogenic title.

After 48 years, the beauty contest created by former British serviceman Eric Morley to liven up drab, postwar England, underwent a facelift for this year’s contest, televised in 130 countries.

A British production company did away with the high heels and swimsuit parade before the judges. Instead, the women paraded in different sets of clothes, from a casual look to party dresses. Rather than talking about themselves, they talked about friends and future careers.

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