Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Hanna took a stroll down memory lane on Monday as the 27th of November marks the 30th anniversary of her coronation as Miss World.
Hanna is currently the People’s National Party’s (PNP) spokesperson on foreign affairs and foreign trade. But before tackling the political landscape of Jamaica, the 48-year-old would represent the country internationally for the first time as an 18-year-old recent graduate of the Queens High School for Girls in the 1993 staging of the Miss World beauty pageant.
On Monday, Hanna shared a video montage on Twtter/X of her time in the pageant, which was staged in Sun City, South Africa, with Doreen Morris and Irish actor Pierce Brosnan hosting the event. The video featured snippets of Hana donning swimwear during her introduction footage and her national costume during the pageant’s Parade of Nations.
The montage also featured Hana successfully qualifying in each round of the competition and reaching the top five’s final question and answer portion of the pageant, which saw Hanna answering a question posed by fellow Jamaican Grace Jones.
Hanna was subsequently crowned Miss World 1993, becoming the third Jamaican woman to do so, with Carole Joan Crawford and Cindy Breakspeare securing the crown before her in 1963 and 1976, respectively.
Reflecting on her win, Hanna said the pageant made her grateful for several reasons, including travelling the world and allowing her to view things from different perspectives. The MP credited the competition with helping her determine both what she wanted to do in her life and who she wanted to become.
After her reign as Miss World 1993, Hanna entered representational politics in 2007 as a candidate for the PNP in South East St. Ann, where she remains the MP for the area. Hanna announced her departure from the political field in August 2022.
Watch the video below.