Famous Jamaican Women

Known for the great music and food, Jamaica has never ceased to impress the world by being a trailblazer- whether in the recreation field or in the mainstream job front. There is something quite irresistible about the feminine quality of the Jamaican women. Their happy-go-lucky attitude sure is very appealing! Known to dress their finest for any occasion, the Jamaican women take much pride in their appearance. And why wouldn't they? Look at them—smooth dark complexion and patented hairstyles that just can't be duplicated, Jamaican women sure know how to slay any kind of look! Keeping their beauty standards aside, Jamaican women are also no nonsense when it comes to education and pursuing higher degrees. Competitive in nature, they hold leadership roles and take workforce and everything that goes with it, very seriously. Pretty inspiring! One of the popular Jamaican women is Louise Bennett-Coverley or better known as 'Miss Lou’ is known for her poetry that instilled pride in the people of Jamaica. Then there is Portia Simpson-Miller who endorsed the civil rights of Jamaican women of all backgrounds. And can we forget about the famous Grace Jones and her contribution toward the music industry? Read on to find out more about famous Jamaican women!

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Winnie Harlow
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Birthdate: July 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Winnie Harlow is a Canadian model and spokeswoman on vitiligo. After gaining prominence as one of the contestants of America's Next Top Model in 2014, Harlow went on to model for clothing brands. An inspiration to people living with vitiligo, Winnie Harlow was honored with the Role Model award at the Portuguese GQ Men of The Year event in 2015.

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Madge Sinclair
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Birthdate: April 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: December 20, 1995

The Kingston-born American actress, who began her career with the New York Shakespearean Festival, acted in a number films and television series and won Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the crime drama Gabriel's Fire. Madge Sinclair was also a voice artist in the famous animated film The Lion King, released a year before she succumbed to leukaemia.

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Rita Marley
(Singer)

Rita Marley
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Birthdate: July 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Cuban-born Jamaican singer Alpharita Constantia Marley, or Rita Marley, was married to the reggae legend Bob Marley. She was initially part pf the group I Threes and contributed to the backing vocals for Bob Marley and the Wailers. She later released an autobiography, detailing her life with her husband.
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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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Birthdate: December 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a Jamaican sprinter who achieved international recognition in 2008 when she won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. She then went on to win gold medals at the 2012 and 2020 Olympic Games. Counted among the greatest sprinters of all time, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also has many World Championship gold medals under her belt.

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Cindy Breakspeare
(Miss World 1976)

Cindy Breakspeare
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Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Cindy Breakspeare is a Canadian-Jamaican jazz singer, musician, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World 1976, becoming the second Jamaican to clinch the crown. She later became a recording artist and entrepreneur, founding a Rastafarian craft store called Ital Craf. She was once in a relationship with reggae musician Bob Marley that lasted until his death.

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Marcia Barrett
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Birthdate: October 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

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Cedella Marley
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Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
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Spice
(Singer)

Spice
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Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

Grace Latoya Hamilton, better known by her stage name Spice, is a dancehall singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She is one of the world's most popular female dancehall artists and is dubbed the Queen of Dancehall. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Spice established the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation in 2018, in an attempt to uplift young women.

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Liz Mitchell
(Singer)

Liz Mitchell
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Birthdate: July 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish

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Nanny of the Maroons
(Resistance fighter)

Nanny of the Maroons
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Birthdate: 1686 AD
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: 1755 AD

Nanny of the Maroons was a Jamaican resistance fighter best remembered as the leader of the Jamaican Maroons. She led a community called Windward Maroons which fought a war against the British authorities in what came to be known as the First Maroon War. In 1975, she was declared Jamaica's only female national hero by the government of Jamaica. 

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Cedella Booker
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Birthdate: July 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: April 8, 2008

Cedella Booker was a Jamaican singer best remembered as the mother of Bob Marley. Booker is credited with conceiving and creating an annual music event, which came to be known as the 9 Mile Music Festival. While Marley helped popularize the festival, Cedella Booker helped spread the legend of Marley far and wide by authoring two books on her son.

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Millie Small
(Singer)

Millie Small
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Birthdate: October 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Died: May 5, 2020

Millie Small was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for her hit song My Boy Lollipop, which sold more than seven million copies worldwide, apart from taking up the second spot on US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The most successful Jamaican female performer of all time, Millie Small was also the Caribbean's first international recording star.

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Sarah Cooper
(Writer)

Sarah Cooper
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Birthdate: December 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jamaica

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Merlene Ottey
(Athlete)

Merlene Ottey
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Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover Parish, Jamaica

Merlene Ottey is a Jamaican-Slovenian retired track and field sprinter. She represented Jamaica in international events for 24 years before representing Slovenia for 10 years. In 1993, she clocked 21.87 seconds to set the world indoor record for 200 metres; she has been holding that record ever since. Merlene Ottey is also known for winning several medals at Olympic Games. 

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Jenna Wolfe
(Journalist)

Jenna Wolfe
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Birthdate: February 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

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Tessanne Chin
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Birthdate: September 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston

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Portia Simpson-Miller
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Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wood Hall, Jamaica

Portia Simpson-Miller is a Jamaican politician best known for her service as the Prime Minister of Jamaica on two occasions; from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2016. From 2005 to 2017, Portia Simpson-Miller served as the leader of the People's National Party. 

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Sister Nancy
(Singer)

Sister Nancy
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Birthdate: January 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

Sister Nancy is a Jamaican singer and dancehall DJ. She is the first female dancehall DJ to achieve international recognition. Sister Nancy was the most popular female dancehall DJ in the world for over two decades. One of her most popular singles Bam Bam is often referred to as the reggae anthem.

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Koffee
(Rapper)

Koffee
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Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica

Koffee is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, deejay, rapper, and guitarist. She is best known for her 2019 extended play Rapture, which earned her the prestigious Grammy Award, making her the only woman and youngest person to receive the award under the Best Reggae Album category.

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Veronica Campbell-Brown
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Birthdate: May 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trelawny Parish

Veronica Campbell-Brown is a Jamaican retired track and field sprinter who won eight Olympic medals, including three gold medals, during her illustrious career. Veronica Campbell-Brown also won three World Championship gold medals and two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships.   

Louise Bennett-Coverley
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Birthdate: September 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 26, 2006
Louise Bennett-Coverley was a Jamaican poet, writer, folklorist, and educator. She is best remembered for her work to preserve the practice of presenting stories, folk songs, and poetry in the national language, patois. Louise Bennett-Coverley wrote and performed her poems in Creole, and established the validity of a local language like Jamaican Patois for literary expression. 

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Precious Wilson
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Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spanish Town

Precious Wilson is a Jamaican soul singer best known for her association with the British musical group Eruption, which was an all-male group before Wilson became its lead singer. Precious Wilson left the group in the late 1970s in order to pursue her solo career. Many of her singles have been featured on several international music charts.

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Lady Saw
(Singer, Songwriter)

Lady Saw
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Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Mary Parish

Lady Saw is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and deejay who was once referred to as the Queen of Dancehall. She has received a Grammy Award and triple-platinum certifications for her albums and songs, making her the first female deejay to have achieved such a feat. 

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Tami Chynn
(Singer)

Tami Chynn
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Birthdate: June 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston

Tami Chynn is a Jamaican dancer and singer-songwriter. Tami was nominated at the International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best New Entertainer Award in 2006. Apart from recording songs, Tami Chynn has also appeared on commercials for popular brands like Pepsi.

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Dawn Penn
(singer)

Dawn Penn
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Kingston

Dawn Penn is a Jamaican reggae singer best known for her 1994 song You Don't Love Me which became an international hit. Since its release, the song has been covered by several famous artists like Jae Millz, Hexstatic, Kano, and Ghostface Killah among others.

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Alicia Ashley
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Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

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Yvonne Mai
(Actress)

Yvonne Mai
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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Nalo Hopkinson
(Speculative fiction writer and editor)

Nalo Hopkinson
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Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian writer and editor. She is best known for her 1998 novel Brown Girl in the Ring, which earned her the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Hopkinson's works have also earned other prestigious awards, including the World Fantasy Award. In 1999, Hopkinson was honored with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

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Danusia Francis
(Artistic gymnast)

Danusia Francis
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Birthdate: May 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coventry, United Kingdom

Danusia Francis is a British-born artistic gymnast who has represented the United Kingdom in the past. She currently represents Jamaica; she participated in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where she represented Jamaica. However, she could not participate in many events like the floor exercise, the vault, and the balance beam as she tore her anterior cruciate ligament before the event.

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Midnight
(Bodybuilder, Professional Wrestler)

Midnight
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Birthdate: September 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Midnight is a Jamaican-born American retired bodybuilder and professional wrestler. Midnight achieved popularity as a wrestler in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She made appearances alongside other popular wrestlers like Stevie Ray and Booker T.

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Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian
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Birthdate: August 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States

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Cicely Williams
(Physician)

Cicely Williams
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Birthdate: December 2, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kew Park, Jamaica
Died: July 13, 1992

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Kasi Bennett
(Usain Bolt's Girlfriend)

Kasi Bennett
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Birthdate: July 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamaica

Kasi Bennett is a Jamaican-born woman known for being the long-term partner of Usain Bolt, who is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. She has a Legum Baccalaureus or Bachelor of Laws degree, earned outside the United States. She has worked as a model previously and currently works in marketing. She has one child with Usain. 

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Keyshia Ka'oir
(Entrepreneur)

Keyshia Ka'oir
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Birthdate: January 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

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Beverly McDonald
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Birthdate: February 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Mary Parish, Jamaica

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Mary Anne Barker
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Birthdate: January 29, 1831
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Died: March 6, 1911

Mary Anne Barker was an English author best remembered for her work that narrates life in New Zealand. Born in Jamaica, Mary Anne married Frederick Napier Broome, after the death of her first husband, and spent a lot of time in New Zealand where she was most prolific as a writer. 

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Carrie Russell
(Track and field sprinter, Bobsledder.)

Carrie Russell
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Birthdate: October 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jamaica