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 national Beauty pageant in Jamaica.


The Miss Jamaica pageant's predecessor the 'Miss Jamaica Contest' dates back to the 1930s. The winner of Miss Jamaica 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 World Jamaica Placement Special Awards
1959 Sheila Mechtilde Chong Top 15
1962 Chriss Leon Top 15
1963 Carole Crawford Miss World 1963
1964 Erica Joanne Cooke 6th Runner-up
1965 Carol Joan McFarlane Unplaced
1966 Yvonne Walter Unplaced
1967 Laurel Williams Unplaced
1968 Karlene Waddel Unplaced
1969 Marilyn E. Taylor Top 15
1970 Elizabeth Ann Lindo Unplaced
1971 Ava Joy Gill 4th Runner-up
1972 Gail Geraldeen Phillips Unplaced
1973 Patricia Teresa Yuen Leung 2nd Runner-up
1974 Andrea Lyon Top 15
1976 Cindy Breakspeare Miss World 1976
1977 Sandra Kong Withdrew
1978 Joan McDonald Unplaced
1979 Debbie Campbell 2nd Runner-up
1980 Michelle Harris Top 15
1981 Sandra Cunningham 2nd Runner-up
1982 Cornelia Parchment Unplaced
1983 Cathi Levy 3rd Runner-up
1984 Jacqueline Crichton Unplaced
1985 Alison Barnett 4th Runner-up
1986 Lisa Mahfood Unplaced
1987 Janice Whittingham Unplaced
1988 Andrea Haynes Unplaced
1989 Natasha Marcanik Unplaced
1990 Erica Aquart Top 10 Caribbean Queen of Beauty
1991 Sandra Foster 3rd Runner-up Caribbean Queen of Beauty
1992 Julie Ann Bradford Unplaced
1993 Lisa Hanna Miss World 1993 Caribbean Queen of Beauty
1994 Johanna Ulett Unplaced
1995 Imani Duncan Unplaced
1996 Selena Delgado Unplaced
1997 Michell Moodie Unplaced Caribbean Queen of Beauty
1998 Christine Straw Top 10 Caribbean Queen of Beauty
1999 Desiree DePass Unplaced Caribbean Queen of Beauty
2000 Ayisha Richards Unplaced
2001 Regina Beavers Unplaced
2002 Danielle O'Hayon Unplaced
2003 Jade Fulford Top 17 Caribbean Queen of Beauty
2004 Tonoya Toyloy Unplaced
  • Miss Scholarship
2005 Terri-Karelle Griffith Top 16
2006 Sara Lawrence Top 6 Caribbean Queen of Beauty
2007 Yendi Phillipps Top 16
2008 Brittany Lyons Unplaced
2009 Kerrie Baylis Unplaced
2010 Chantal Raymond Unplaced
2011 Danielle Crosskill Unplaced
2012 Deanna Robins 5th Runner-up Caribbean Queen of Beauty
2013 Gina Hargitay Top 10 Caribbean Queen of Beauty
2014 Laurie-Ann Chin Unplaced
2015 Sanneta Myrie 4th Runner-Up Caribbean Queen of Beauty
2016 Ashlie Barrett Unplaced
2017 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 former Minister of Youth and Culture.

Miss Jamaica World 1991 Sandra Foster represented Jamaica at Miss Universe 1989 and made Top Ten.

Miss Jamaica World 1989 Janice Sewell is currently working as Human Resources.

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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