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World in Brief | JAMAICA

Rastafarian wins beauty pageant

May 21, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

With dreadlocks down to below her hips, the first Rastafarian to win the Miss Jamaica title is out to break the stereotype that Rastas are interested only in reggae and marijuana.

Zahra Redwood, 25, will represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. The country's minority Rastafarians worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as a god they call "Jah."

"Not all Rastafarians smoke" marijuana, said Redwood, who holds a degree in biotechnology and zoology.

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