Cayman will be represented for the first time in a Miss Earth Pageant to take place in the Philippines on 26 November.
Twenty-year-old Stephanie Espeut has been chosen to represent the Cayman Islands in the pageant, which seeks to promote preservation of the environment.
To draw attention to this issue that also affects the Cayman Islands, Stephanie has chosen a national costume that depicts a colorful mangrove.
‘We feel this is the very important environmental issue facing the Cayman Islands today,’ said franchise holder Pamela Small.
Although we were not able to hold a pageant in the Cayman Islands in time for the Earth pageant, organizers said they would still allow a Caymanian to participate in the event in the Philippines.
‘In 2007 we are obligated to have a local pageant in order to send a contestant to Miss Earth,’ said Ms Small.
The pageant’s objective is to have candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.
Stephanie is sponsored by UBS, Butterfield Bank, Admiral Administration, Tortuga and Progressive Distributors.
Digicel is also supporting by giving her time off work to attend the pageant.
Stephanie left for the Philippines on 3 November for four weeks
No stranger to pageants, Stephanie has participated in Miss Cinderella, Miss Teen and won various local and international crowns.
Currently she works at Digicel as a customer care representative.