Young Jamaican Toni-Ann Lalor on Sunday (May 8) made her mark on the world stage, walking away with the coveted Miss United Nations World 2022 title.
Throughout the competition, which ran from May 2-8, Lalor, who previously held the title Miss Jamaica United Nations 2021, presented fierce competition to her international pageant sisters, which resulted in victory on the final night in New Delhi, India.
In case you have yet to hear about this giant of a woman, whose multitalented reputation precedes her, here are five things to know about Jamaica’s very own Miss United Nations World 2022.
1. She’s a City Girl turned Country Girl
Despite being born in Kingston and spending much of her life being raised in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, she moved to Manchester as a young adult to live with her mother and siblings.
2. She’s a past student of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
In pursuit of her dream to become a world-renowned actress, Lalor pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts at the Kingston-based Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
3. She’s a Prime Minister’s Youth Awardee
In 2019, Lalor received the Prime Minister’s Youth Award in the category of Youth Development for her work as the founder of The Reach Programme. The programme aims to empower, uplift and inspire confidence and broaden horizons in the mind of young people.
4. She’s a farmer
Not your average beauty queen, Lalor is in many spheres referred to as the “farm queen” due to her love of farming and passion for agriculture. After moving to live in Manchester, she learned the ins and outs of farming, an activity that later propelled her through college thanks to funds she earned while selling her crops.
5. She is adventurous
When she isn’t working on her farm, perfecting her acting skills or mentoring the nation’s youth, Lalor enjoys travelling and exploring new places and cultures.