The Miss World 2018 👑🌍 pre-pageant activities are underway in China. On this #WayBackWednesday, we highlight one of the most successful countries ever in the pageant's history: Jamaica, which ranks #3 on the wins tally (tied with four other nations). Jamaica has won three Miss World crowns, & comprised 3 out of the 7 BPQ winners: Carole Jean Crawford (1963), Cindy Breakspeare (1976), & Lisa Hanna (1993). What are these ladies doing nowadays? From left to right:
CAROLE JOAN CRAWFORD (1963): Carole was the first woman of acknowledged black ancestry to win the title. 😎 The then 20-year-old, 5'3" (1.59m) beauty won just months after Jamaica became an independent nation. Now Carole Merkens, the multiracial beauty queen leads a quiet married life in Canada 🍁 (as of 2016, per the Jamaican media).
CINDY BREAKSPEARE (1976): Born in Canada to a mixed-race Jamaican father & a white Canadian mother, Cindy moved to Jamaica at age 4. She started competing in pageants as a teen, including Miss Jamaica Body Beautiful & Miss Universe Bikini. Cindy is one of two women to represent Jamaica at Miss World without winning the Miss Jamaica crown (she was selected). Cindy is a somewhat controversial figure in Jamaica, as the mother of Grammy-winning reggae musician Damian Marley through an affair with reggae legend Bob Marley (who remained married to Rita Marley until his death. 😱 Cindy claims that she didn't realize that he was married at the time 😒). These days, Cindy is a jazz musician & craft shop owner.
LISA HANNA (1993): Lisa was born to a black Jamaican mother & Lebanese father. Putting her Miss World prize to good use, she later earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in communications from the University of the West Indies. Lisa also had a brief acting and TV hosting career in USA and Jamaica, and then cast her eyes towards Jamaican politics. Lisa currently currently serves as a Member of the Jamaican Parliament, elected in 2007. She was also Jamaica's Minister of Youth and Culture from 2012-2016 (becoming one of Jamaica's youngest ministers of all time). @lisahannamp
Let's talk about my social life😏
I use to be that "Turn Up Girl" now, not so much, but let's go out and chill somewhere, have a couple drinks, watch some live bands, eat some food..yeah I love that. Don't get me wrong, I'll go to parties and stuff every now and then but there's more to life than just partying and getting drunk. Some of yall kids won't understand that but that's fine.
I always like to be around people, new people, trying new adventurous things, but there's only so much I can take honestly.
If I have to choose between going to a party and staying home with my family on a Friday night, pop some corn, watch a couple movies...yeah, I'll choose home tho😂 #GrannyMode
“No rain, no flowers.” -
This quote means so much to me in this quarter of my life.
Reminding myself that every storm that brews is necessary to grow. Learning how to turn my rainfall into harvest is hardest for me because more often than not I spend my time living as if my troubles were miles away. Death is literally brewing through my bones and I feel that all that I touch whisks away and diminishes before me, I’ve spent so much time running that before it goes bad I’m already packing up to leave.
I need to be aware of the rain, I need to feel the rain and I need to transform that which I feel into forgiveness, into not being the victim. That choice is the hardest, I think. If I am not the victim then I am contributing to the problem and who wants to be the problem? When we’d love to think of ourselves as the solution. Nevertheless, the storms are necessary. “No rain, no flowers”