Miss Cayman contestants, theme named

The Miss Cayman pageant, the
longest running contest of its kind locally, has announced the names of the six
contestants who will vie for the crown on Saturday, 25 September.

The evening, which promises to be
full of emotion, glamour and drama, will culminate in the handing over of the
title by the reigning Miss Cayman Nickosia Lawson.

This year’s hopefuls are Venessa
Ebanks (18) – West Bay; Cristin Alexander (23) – George Town; Janine Martins
(22) – Bodden Town; Mysti Bush (23) – Bodden Town; Shari Venessa Walton (21) –
Newlands; and Trudyann Duncan (25) – North Side. Twenty-year-old Cassianne
Lawrence, who was originally a contestant, has had to step down due to a
scheduling conflict with a modelling assignment.

According to this year’s Miss
Cayman Committee, organiser of all the pageant related events, the contest has
been resurrected after a yearlong break at the insistence of the Leader of
Government Business.

The committee’s deputy chairman,
Lorna Bush said, “With such a public outcry at the absence of the Miss Cayman Islands
Pageant in 2009, the Premier, McKeeva Bush as Minister of Tourism, decided that
even in this current economic situation, the pageant must return in 2010. 

“Our committee is fully intent on
producing a show par excellence with the help of the Ministry of Finance,
Tourism & Development and other good corporate sponsors,” said Ms Bush.

“It is precisely in times like
these that we most need the relief, enjoyment and hope that a quality pageant
like Miss Cayman Islands can bring, together with the opportunity for one of
our young ladies to travel and represent us on the international stage.”

With much less time than usual to
organise the pageant, the committee is ramping up the schedule, which will
include a range of activities and training, including fitness  to get contestants in peak physical
condition, etiquette and poise.

This year’s theme is Earth, Wind
& Fire, said Ms Bush “…the public can expect an absolutely energy-packed
night on September 25th with some of Cayman’s finest young ladies competing for
the prestigious title.”

Although it’s been confirmed that
the pageant will be staged at the Lions Centre, no ticketing details are
currently available.

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