Caymanian woman places 
in international pageant

Cayman’s reigning Glamorous Granny, Celina Dilbert, placed second runner-up in America’s Senior Sweetheart Pageant held recently in Boston, Massachusetts.

The pageant features women over the age of 58 who come together to perform and enjoy each other’s company and just have a good time.

”I would strongly urge any woman approaching retirement age to live the highest vision, the grandest vision you ever held about who you are. We are not our bodies; our individual person and personification comes from within. At any age you can rise to the occasion. Dream the impossible dream and reach for the unreachable stars,” said Ms Dilbert, who found the contestants to be resilient and inspiring during group performances and various individual talent acts.

Though Ms Dilbert did not bring home the crown, she said she had a wonderful time. “In addition to doing something outside my natural environment, I got to meet and interact with some lovely and gracious ladies who made me realise that age is just a number when having fun.”

Travelling with Mrs Dilbert were her family, mentor Jewel Smalldon, Cayman pageant contestants Darene Scott and Valerie Russel.

During the visit overseas Ms Dilbert visited various children’s and nursing homes along with other contestants to perform for residents. “We were well received and the residents and children enjoyed our company and appreciated the entertainment,” she said.

On the night of the pageant, Ms Dilbert, in a navy blue sequined evening gown, joined 16 other contestants competing for the title of America’s Senior Sweetheart.

In front of a panel of eight judges, Ms Dilbert answered various questions such as, did she have a favourite charity and what was her advice to other seniors. She sang Ava Maria during the talent segment of the show.

Connie Gabriel from Minnesota was crowned America’s Senior Sweetheart, and Shelby Taylor-Parr from North Carolina won first runner-up.

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