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Crowned: Jamaican Cassandra Whyte, the new Miss Deaf International, stands with first runner-up Miss Deaf Brazil, second runner-up Miss Deaf France and third runner up, Miss Deaf Korea

A hearing impaired social worker from Jamaica has been crowned Miss Deaf International at the final of the competition in Orlando, Florida on July 16.

Cassandra Whyte, who was also making history by being the first Miss Deaf Jamaica, beat 20 other young hopefuls to win the crown.

As the winner, Whyte, who works at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, will be the Ambassador for hearing impaired women worldwide.

Whyte gets a hug from her mother, Denise, shortly after winning the competition

The other hearing impaired contestants who entered the competition represented China, America, Peru, South Africa, Poland, France, Korea, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Mongolia and Switzerland.

Miss Deaf International, which is in its second year, is an organisation that aims to empower hearing-impaired women worldwide.

The competition lasted two days, from July 14 to 16, 2011.

Miss Deaf Jamaica (MDJ), a new entity formed last year, also works to develop hearing-impaired Jamaican women into role models, advocates ambassadors and spokeswomen.

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