Eight young women have shown an interest in entering the Miss Cayman Pageant. The girls met for the first time at a preliminary meet-and-greet session at Tiki Beach recently.
Attending the reception hosted by the Miss Cayman Committee were Jadine Swanson, 20; Jera Ebanks, 22; Dominique Mowbray, 25; Samantha Widmer, 24; Brittany Borden, 19; Crystal Tomlinson, 23; Lindsay Lapal, 23 and Janelle Muttoo, 21.
The young women met other contestants, asked questions, shared information about themselves and listened as committee members highlighted many aspects about what the pageant has to offer each individual.
This year’s pageant will be held in September – those eligible to enter must be 18 to 25 years old. Applicants must also be single, of good character and possess charm, poise and personality.
Miss Cayman Committee Chair Lynn Bodden-Smatt encouraged the young women to ask any questions they might have about the contest. She also spoke about the obligation and eligibility for entering the contest, winning the contest, the opportunity to meet new people, island tours, fundraisers, activities and the prize packages.”
Committee members said they would be working with the young women in various areas such as make-up, wardrobe, walking, hair, speech, on-camera work, public appearances and giving them as much exposure as they could as part of their training.
The reigning Miss Cayman, Cristin Alexander, shared memories of her great experience. “It is an amazing and exciting opportunity,” she said. “Just meeting new people and forming bonds is one you will not forget… the limelight, travel, prize packages, personal contact you develop with each other and learning about the island is a wonderful experience to grow.”
Among other things, the winner is granted a full scholarship, a new car, trips and a chance to become an ambassador for the Cayman Islands. Half-scholarships, contracts and other prizes are also awarded to runners-up.