Miss Cayman ‘living a dream’

Miss Cayman Islands, Cristin
Alexander, is currently representing her country at the 60th annual Miss World
contest in China, the finals of which take place 30 October. The 23-year-old
human resources officer, who lists watching Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You
Can Dance and playing volleyball among her favourite pastimes, is still on a
high from the night she was crowned. She took a few moments out of her busy
schedule to reflect on her big pageant night a month ago.


Q: Being crowned Miss Cayman must
rank up there with the most exciting moments in your life to date. What
emotions and thoughts were going through your mind when you heard your name
called out?

A: It was really surreal. I felt
like I was living a dream. I was overwhelmed with joy and felt so proud to be
named Miss Cayman Islands 2010-11. I only cried when I saw my mother and how
incredibly happy she was for me.


Q: Other than being crowned, what were
the most memorable moments of the evening?

A: The evening went by so quickly
and without a hitch thanks to the wonderful committee, but the most special
moments apart from my crowning were looking into the audience each time I came
on stage and seeing so many of my friends and family who had come to show their
support. They gave me the drive and the courage to continuously put my best
foot forward.


Q: What is your platform and how do
you propose to advance it?

A: I hope to act as a spokesperson
and an active member of the Cancer Society by taking part in fundraisers and
educational programmes that the society has upcoming, not only during my reign,
but for years into the future. I look forward to any opportunity where I can
assist them.


Q: What kind of reception awaited
you on your first day back at work after winning Miss Cayman?

A: As soon as I walked into the
lobby of my office building, I was warmly greeted by a number of my co-workers
at the Public Sector Pensions Board, who immediately hugged and congratulated
me. I am lucky to have a work environment which makes me feel like I am a part
of a family. Even our office security guard, Richard, made sure to be at the pageant
that night, a gesture which really touched my heart.


Q: Have you any plans as to how you
will use your scholarship?

A: I will definitely pursue a
master’s degree after my reign in either organisational or forensic psychology.
I have always loved psychology as a field, but now I have to narrow down my
interests and choose which area to specialise in.


What are your hobbies and what unusual abilities do you possess that not
many people know about?

A: Ever since I was young, my
mother has taught me to be well-rounded and I am so grateful today because I
have tried almost every extra-curricular activity. Now that I am an adult I can
say that of all the things I have done, volleyball is my passion.


Q: Who were your principal
supporters on the evening?

A: Everyone who came out to the
event to support me are equally important and appreciated, but the dedication
of my mother Carlene, my sponsor Marcus Cumber from Island Air & Lobster
Pot, my dear friend and coach Wilmer, as well as the Cayman Islands Volleyball
Federation members and teammates, truly allowed me to embrace the opportunity
and to give 100 per cent of my effort.


Why did you enter this pageant in addition to having a career?

A: Many people consider pageants to
be about women flaunting their bodies and beauty, but the world of
opportunities this experience has opened is invaluable. It has truly taught me
a lot about myself and pushed me to discover more in the world around me. I
admit that the pageant world may be a hard one for some who may tend to submit
to pressure, but it has given me confirmation to stay true to the person I am.
When I remind myself that I have one life to live, it drives me to come outside
of my comfort zone and take hold of every opportunity that presents itself.
This was another reason I entered Miss Cayman Islands. 


Q: Which celebrity would you most
like to meet and why?

A: If I could meet any famous
figure I would want to meet Nelson Mandela. It would be an honour to shake
hands with someone who fought and contributed so much to his people, his
country and to the world. To hear him speak about his fight for
anti-segregation and equality would be a dream come true.


Q: Why do you think pageants are
still relevant today?

A: I think pageants are more
relevant today than in the past. Women have broken so many glass ceilings which
has allowed their potential and opportunities to flourish. The exposure they
gain from pageants can now be utilised in whatever ways they wish.


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