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Twin Sisters Have Beauty Pageant Judges Seeing Double

March 6, 1985

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ One wears a turquoise bathing suit and the other sports a black one, but that’s about all the difference there is between twin sisters vying for the Mrs. New York State title.

Pageant director Janet Lee says that Donna Forrest and Deborah Gerbino are the first identical twins to enter any of the state contests leading up to the annual Mrs. America pageant.

The 28-year-old sisters are both 5-feet-71/2 inches tall and weigh about 127 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Mrs. Forrest says the sisters look more similar now than they have in years. They have a similar outlook, too, she said Tuesday.

″A lot of the people don’t understand that we’re not competing against each other. We’re competing with each other. We’re there to support each other.″

About 70 women, the most ever, are entered in the New York pageant. The winner gets a $3,000 fur jacket and a trip to Reno, Nev., for the Mrs. America pageant in July.

The preliminaries are Saturday night and the finals are Sunday night.

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