Miss Cayman, Cristin Alexander,
took a break from her jam-packed days in China in the run up to Saturday’s
final competition for Miss World to give an update on her adventures at the
“I have had a very busy schedule
here in China and things tend to happen very last minute, which adds some
excitement to every day,” she said. “I don’t know quite where to begin, it is
hard to summarise four weeks of unforgettable experiences.”
On Saturday, 30 October, the 25
finalists will be announced and Miss World will be crowned.
Alexander, 23, reached the
semi-finals and finals in some rounds, including selection in the top 20 in
sports/fitness. In the sports competition, she finished first in her team,
which had successes in swimming and long jump. She also reached the top 40 of
the Beach Body competition.
She said she has been having
trouble keeping family and friends updated on her successes and experiences in
China because Facebook is banned there and she has no Blackberry coverage at
her hotel in Sanya.
“I was filled with anticipation and
nervousness upon my arrival in China and I had finally gotten used to wearing
glamorous outfits, heels and a sash in the airport, which was a difficult
transition from Lulu Lemons, sweaters and flip flops,” she said.
“Once I arrived at the hotel in
Beijing, it was immediately apparent that I had entered into a highly
competitive atmosphere because genuine smiles and common courtesy were very
hard to come by. Now, however, the tension has dissipated, and I have made
friendships with phenomenal women from all over the world.
‘We are all women’
“The most beautiful thing I have
witnessed so far has not been the women, but rather the fact that cultural,
racial and religious barriers have been broken. At the end of the day, we are
all women and this is what unites us. Who knew I would be teaching Miss Belgium
how to ‘whine’ and ‘palance’ to our Carnival music? This opportunity has proven
to be more than a competition. It has opened my eyes to a whole new meaning of
life and to my purpose as an individual and as a citizen of our country,” she
During her time in Asia, she has
“walked the Great Wall of China, stood in the stands of the Beijing Olympic
stadium, seen native Mongolian dances and heard their songs, eaten their very
‘interesting’ local food and been welcomed as a member of their community
through a traditional ceremony”, Alexander said. “I have ridden a river ferry
in Shanghai, been welcomed by thousands of people on the streets of Sanya, and
stood at the gate of the Silk Road trading route, just to name a few. Many
people have not been so lucky in a lifetime, and I am so grateful for the
“I am giving it 100 per cent of my
effort and energy and can honestly say I will be satisfied no matter what the
outcome may be,” she said.
On Saturday, 30 October, Miss World
will be crowned.
“I would love to express how
extremely grateful I am for all of the support I have received from home. The
kindness and love my Caymanian people have shown me has touched my heart in
unexplainable ways. Although I have had the experience of a lifetime here in
China, I am very ready to come home and to be with my loved ones again,” she
To keep updated on Miss Cayman’s
progress, visit www.missworld.com, or vote for her as the People’s Choice on
the www.missosology.org. By early this week, Ms Alexander was fourth in terms
of popular polling, carrying 10 per cent of the overall online votes on the