Jamaica’s Miss World To Reign For A Second Year

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Jamaican-born Toni-Ann Singh, last year’s winner of both Miss Jamaica World and the ultimate accolade of Miss World, will retain her crowns for an unprecedented second year.

The 24-year-old, who moved to Florida in the US in 2005, has benefitted from both of the 2020 pageants being cancelled because of the on-going coronavirus.

Born in the St. Thomas parish of Morant Bay, some 25 miles from the bustling capital of Kingston, her astonishingly good looks derive from her genes that comprise of her mother being of Afro-Jamaican descent and her father boasting Indo-Jamaican heritage.

  

She saw off 110 other hopefuls to scoop the prestigious Miss World title in England last December, with Miss France and Miss India finishing second and third respectively at the glittering ceremony in London. Singh became the fourth Jamaican in 69 years of the coveted competition to triumph and followed in the footsteps of an impressive trio.

Compatriot Carole Joan Crawford became the inaugural winner from the Caribbean, and conquered the 1963 event standing at a tiny height of only 5’3″ that was considered short by Miss World standards at the time.

Toronto-born Canadian-Jamaican jazz singer Cindy Breakspeare was crowned 1976 Miss World. She had a son with the legendary late reggae icon Bob Marley to Damian Marley in 1978, who has followed in his father’s footsteps as a musician.

Lisa Hanna won the 1993 Miss World title and went on to serve as Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture from 2012-2016. She has remained in politics, serving as Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South East, as a member of the opposition People’s National Party.

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