Where Are They Now? Past Miss Jamaica Winners

Joan McDonald – Crowned in 1978, she was the first woman to win the official ‘Miss Jamaica World’ title. Since ending her reign, McDonald has distinguished herself in public service by working with many community groups and non-governmental organisations, including Jamaica Red Cross, the Lions Club of Kingston and Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE). She is also a Justice of the Peace and a former director of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica. Now well known for her event planning skills, she is also a personal development coach and has been a grooming consultant for the Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Festival Queen pageants.

Cathi Levy – She won the 1983 Miss Jamaica title and went on to place fourth in the Miss World pageant. Today, she is best known as the founder of the performing arts programme Cathi Levy Little People and Teen Players Club, which she started 27 years ago. The group has nurtured the talents of people like Tessanne Chin, Tami Chynn, Duane Stephenson and Michael Sean Harris.

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Sandra Foster-Mahfood

Sandra Foster – Foster won the inaugural staging of the Miss Jamaica Universe Pageant in 1989 and placed sixth at Miss Universe. Two years later, she took the Miss Jamaica World crown and walked away with the title Caribbean Queen of Beauty, placing third overall in the Miss World competition. Now married to businessman Ricky Mahfood, she is a devout Christian and mother of five, living her life out of the spotlight.

Lisa Hanna – It had been 17 years since Cindy Breakspeare won the Miss World title when Hanna wowed the judges and took the crown in 1993. Since the end of her reign, Hanna has been an actress, broadcaster and communications consultant, and is now a politician. She was the Minister of Youth and Culture and Member of Parliament for South East St Ann, representing the People’s National Party.

Imani Duncan – She went unplaced at the 1995 Miss World contest, but Duncan used her year as Miss Jamaica to focus on sustainable environmental practices and violence reduction in schools. Her passion for social development flourished at Harvard and has been demonstrated in local initiatives. She is a co-founder of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and Youth Upliftment Through Employment (Y.U.T.E.) programme. Now married to FLOW executive Stephen Price, she has also served as a government senator, caretaker for the constituency of Central Kingston for the People’s National Party and a strong advocate for gender equality.

Tonoya Toyloy – She represented Jamaica in the 2004 Miss World contest in China, and although she didn’t make the top 10, she won the Miss World scholarship, valued at US$10,000. Those funds payed for her first year of graduate school, and she eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a PhD in pharmacy. Now Mrs Toyloy-Williams, she is the CEO of LiveWell Pharmacy in Portmore.

Terri-Karelle Reid (right photo by Adrian Creary)

Terri-Karelle Griffith – Jamaicans fell in love with the Afro-sporting Griffith, who placed 16th in the 2005 Miss World pageant. Now Mrs Reid and a mother of one, her gregarious nature has served her well as a media personality. She is the host of the popular Digicel Rising Stars and has been the Online Brand Manager at The Gleaner Company and JustBet’s Before the Whistle shows. She remains a sought-after public speaker. Interestingly, she had studied veterinary medicine in Cuba.

Sara Lawrence – She was a standout during the 2006 Miss World contest and placed sixth overall, taking the Caribbean Queen of Beauty title. In March 2007, she relinquished the Miss Jamaica World title upon announcing her pregnancy, becoming the first winner in the pageant’s 23-year-history to do so. However, the Miss World organisation allowed her to keep her titles. Since the end of her reign, Lawrence has fulfilled her ambition of becoming a medical doctor and is also a brand ambassador for telecommunications company FLOW and the first Caribbean ambassador for L’Oreal Paris.

Yendi Phillipps – She created Miss World history in 2007 by being the first contestant to make the finals of all the fast track events, and placed 17th. Three years later, Phillipps narrowly missed out on the Miss Universe crown, coming in as the first runner-up. Since then, she has continued to model and has worked as a media personality and television host – Digicel Rising Stars, Smile Jamaica – It’s Morning Time and most recently, she was a guest co-host on Global TV’s The Morning Show in Canada. Phillipps also created the In the Dance fitness DVD.