Former Miss World Lisa Hanna turns a parliamentary candidate for South East St. Ann

21 Aug 2020 | Ana Walia

Lisa Hanna represented Jamaica at the Miss World 1993 competition which was held on 27th November 1993 at the Sun City Entertainment Centre in Sun City, South Africa. She was crowned by Miss World 1992, Julia Kourotchkina of Russia as the new Miss World 1993 becoming the third Jamaican to win the title. She was also adjudged as the Miss World Caribbean 1993 award at the end of the event finale.

Post her reign, the diva took up acting but later switched onto the politics and is now a member of the opposition ‘People's National Party’. Hanna currently serves as Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South East, and was Jamaica's Minister of Youth and Culture from 2012-2016. She is one of the youngest women to be elected to the Jamaican Parliament.



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Lisa has been building up her own identity as a parliamentary candidate ahead of the general elections in Jamaica in September. She recently released a powerful campaign video which has gathered a massive attention. The political promotional video that captured attention highlights the Lisa’s dedication at work in her constituency, dubbing words from the dancehall queen Spice’s ‘So Mi Like’ song which was retitled ‘Lisa Make Jamaica Look Good’. She also posted a picture which stated that she is officially The People’s National Party’s MP candidate for South East St. Ann for the 4th time on the Ballot.

As a young girl Lisa had worked as a volunteer with the World Hunger Project and the JAMAL programme in Jamaica alerting people to the global status of hunger, starvation, and the local plight of adult illiteracy. She also worked in conjunction with UNICEF to spearhead the Jamaican candlelight vigils to launch the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. She continued her community service throughout her young life and blazed a trail as Head Girl at her Alma Mater (The Queen’s School), Television co-host for one of Jamaica’s most popular television programmes, Rappin, and became one of the youngest United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors ever to be appointed by the United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica.



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Lisa went on to achieve her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in communications from the University of the West Indies in 1998 and 2000 respectively. As an undergraduate student she was voted by the student body as the University’s External Affairs Chairperson for the Guild of Students. Lisa has travelled extensively around the world and has had the privilege to be in dialogue with some of the world’s most respected and revered political leaders including Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela – who invited her to his historic Presidential Inauguration in 1994 and aspires to one day use the wealth of experience gained from her years local and international exposure to make a significant contribution to increasing the quality of life of her fellow Jamaicans.

Lisa currently works as a communications consultant and is a philanthropist and mother of one son whom she adores and enjoys spending quality time with him. The diva has aspired to improve the quality of life for all residents in South East St. Ann and she believes that Jamaica will be strong when everyone in the country are strong.