Miss Jamaica World

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Miss Jamaica World
Motto Beauty With a Purpose
Formation 1959
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Kingston
Miss World
Official language
Franchise Holder
Laura Butler
Key people
Laura Butler, Julia Morley
Website Official website

Miss Jamaica World is a Jamaican beauty pageant for young women in the island.


The Miss Jamaica World pageant's predecessor the 'Miss Jamaica Contest' dates back to the 1930s. The winner of Miss Jamaica World represents Jamaica at the Miss World pageant from 1978-present. The title of Miss Jamaica World was official coined in 1978. The 1976 and 1977 representatives were appointed by then licence holder Mickey Haughton-James of Spartan Health Club. Spartan held the franchise from 1976-2012.

Jamaica sent its first representative to Miss World in 1959. To date Jamaica has won three Miss World titles (1963, 1976 and 1993)


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The winner of Miss Jamaica World represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss Jamaica World Placement
United Kingdom 1959 Sheila Mechtilde Chong Top 15
United Kingdom 1962 Chriss Leon Top 15
United Kingdom 1963 Carole Crawford Miss World 1963
United Kingdom 1964 Erica Joanne Cooke 6th Runner-up
United Kingdom 1965 Carol Joan McFarlane Unplaced
United Kingdom 1966 Yvonne Walter Unplaced
United Kingdom 1967 Laurel Williams Unplaced
United Kingdom 1968 Karlene Waddel Unplaced
United Kingdom 1969 Marilyn E. Taylor Top 15
United Kingdom 1970 Elizabeth Ann Lindo Unplaced
United Kingdom 1971 Ava Joy Gill 4th Runner-up
United Kingdom 1972 Gail Geraldeen Phillips Unplaced
United Kingdom 1973 Patricia Teresa Yuen Leung 2nd Runner-up
United Kingdom 1974 Andrea Lyon Top 15
United Kingdom 1976 Cindy Breakspeare Miss World 1976
United Kingdom 1977 Sandra Kong Withdrew
United Kingdom 1978 Joan McDonald Unplaced
United Kingdom 1979 Debbie Campbell 2nd Runner-up
United Kingdom 1980 Michelle Harris Top 15
United Kingdom 1981 Sandra Cunningham 2nd Runner-up
United Kingdom 1982 Cornelia Parchment Unplaced
United Kingdom 1983 Cathi Levy 3rd Runner-up
United Kingdom 1984 Jacqueline Crichton Unplaced
United Kingdom 1985 Alison Barnett 4th Runner-up
United Kingdom 1986 Lisa Mahfood Unplaced
United Kingdom 1987 Janice Whittingham Unplaced
United Kingdom 1988 Andrea Haynes Unplaced
Hong Kong 1989 Natasha Marcanik Unplaced
United Kingdom 1990 Erica Aquart Top 15
United States 1991 Sandra Foster 3rd Runner-up
South Africa 1992 Julie Ann Bradford Unplaced
South Africa 1993 Lisa Hanna Miss World 1993
South Africa 1994 Johanna Ulett Unplaced
South Africa 1995 Imani Duncan Unplaced
India 1996 Selena Delgado Unplaced
Seychelles 1997 Michell Moodie Caribbean Queen of Beauty
Seychelles 1998 Christine Straw Top 10
United Kingdom 1999 Desiree DePass Caribbean Queen of Beauty
United Kingdom 2000 Ayisha Richards Unplaced
South Africa 2001 Regina Beavers Unplaced
United Kingdom 2002 Danielle O'Hayon Unplaced
China 2003 Jade Fulford Top 17
China 2004 Tonoya Toyloy Miss Scholarship
China 2005 Terri-Karelle Griffith Top 16
Poland 2006 Sara Lawrence Top 6
China 2007 Yendi Phillipps Top 17
South Africa 2008 Brittany Lyons Unplaced
South Africa 2009 Kerrie Baylis Unplaced
China 2010 Chantal Raymond Unplaced
United Kingdom 2011 Danielle Crosskill Unplaced
China 2012 Deanna Robins 5th Runner-up
Indonesia 2013 Gina Hargitay Top 10
United Kingdom 2014 Laurie-Ann Chin Unplaced
2015 TBA TBA


Miss Jamaica 1963 is the shortest woman in history to win Miss World, her height-5ft3.

Cindy Breakspeare is the mother of Damien Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley

Joan McDonald was the first to hold the official title of Miss Jamaica WORLD. She is also the first winner of full African descent. Her win came at a time when public pressure built up for winners who represented the dominant ethic group in Jamaica.

Lisa Hanna is currently a Member of Parliament and hold the cabinet post as Minister of Youth and Culture.

Miss Jamaica World 1991 Sandra Foster previously held the title Miss Jamaica Universe 1989, she represented Jamaica at Miss Universe 1989 and made Top Ten.

Miss Jamaica World 1995, Imani Duncan currently serves as a Government Senator. Regina Beavers became the youngest title holder, she won at age 17 in 2001.

Miss Jamaica World 1998 Christine Straw represented Jamaica in Miss Universe 2004, making Top Ten.

Miss Jamaica World 2005 Terri-Karelle Griffith-Reid is host of the popular talent show Digicel Rising Stars which was previously hosted by Yendi Phillipps from 2008-2009.

Miss Jamaica World 2006 was subject to controversy when she got pregnant during her reign. Miss World CEO Julia Morley allowed her to retain her title.

Miss Jamaica World 2007 Yendi Phillipps went on to win Miss Jamaica Universe in 2010 and placed 1st Runner up at Miss Universe 2010.

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