Three significant beauty pageant boycotts and their outcomes

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Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten (seated) celebrates after being crowned Miss World 1970, surrounded by the four runners up left to right: Irith Lavi (Miss Israel) Jillian Jessup (Miss South Africa) Pearl Jansen  (Miss Africa South) and Marjorie Christel Johansson (Miss Sweden.)
Miss Grenada Jennifer Hosten (seated) celebrates after being crowned Miss World 1970, surrounded by the four runners up left to right: Irith Lavi (Miss Israel) Jillian Jessup (Miss South Africa) Pearl Jansen (Miss Africa South) and Marjorie Christel Johansson (Miss Sweden.)
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As calls grow louder for reigning Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane to withdraw from the 2021 Miss Universe competition, we take a look at three significant pageant boycotts in history and their outcomes.

The 24-year-old will compete in the 70th edition of Miss Universe, hosted in Israel on 13 December, despite a growing appeal for the Miss South Africa Organisation to boycott the competition in solidarity with Palestine. 

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