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Jamaica: A Facebook photo of Youth and Culture Minister (Lisa Hannah) wearing a swimsuit started a social media debate over the appropriateness of posting such an image online as a public figure.

Lisa Rene Hanna (born August 20, 1975) is a Jamaican politician and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 1993,[1]becoming the third Jamaican to win the title. A member of the governing People’s National Party, Hanna currently serves as Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South East and as Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture.

Her son, Alexander Panton, reportedly took the picture after the Reggae Marathon, and the image of the politician in a yellow two piece and Bob Marley top appeared on December 6.

One Facebook user (Annette Apple Green) wrote: “The minister does not seem too acutely aware of her public persona… very nice but i think she should resist the urge to display these photos”.

The Jamaica Gleaner reported that Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte said: “No need to be uncharitable to our Miss World. She is appropriately attired for the beach”. However, Malahoo took to Twitter to say her quote was taken out of context.

Career in entertainment

In 1998, Hanna acted in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.[2] In 2003, Hanna tried her hand in broadcasting, hosting a Jamaican talk show Our Voices[3] and was a guest presenter on Xtra in the United States. She returned to her country a year later and was a communications consultant for the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston.[2]

Education

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. She served with good friends Basil Waite and Senator Floyd Morris. During her tenure, she raised the funds and built the Computer Facility for the Faculty of Arts and the Humanities, accessed several thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants for UWI students, trained over 2000 Jamaican children in character development through the Lisa Hanna Workshop and taught women in the skills training programmes in Jones Town Kingston.

Through her studies she was able to do a technical transfer to the Technology University Malaysia and the University of Singapore to study the impact of Information Technology on developing economies. More recently, Lisa has worked extensively in project management, media, marketing and public relations both locally and internationally. In conjunction with her corporate responsibilities, she continues to focus heavily on community service and quietly works in various Jamaican inner city communities.

Jamaican Parliament

In the 2007 general election, as a member of the People’s National Party, Hanna contested and won the seat for St. Ann South East. Hence, positioning her as a Member of Parliament for that Constituency.[4] She is one of the youngest women to be elected to the Jamaican Parliament.[5] In addition to her duties as constituency representative she served as opposition spokesperson on Information, Youth and Culture up to December 2011.[6] In the December 29, 2011 polls her party was elected into power. She was subsequently appointed as Minister of Youth and Culture.

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