The search for a contestant for the Miss Caribbean Hibiscus beauty pageant begins on Grand Cayman with a pageant on Friday, 3 November, at the Rooftop Lounge.
The annual international beauty contest for representatives from all countries of the Caribbean and the Americas was founded in 1990 in the French part of St Martin.
The reigning Miss Caribbean Hibiscus is Tineffa Naisso of French Guiana.
Nice and jazzy
Organisers are seeking contestants with some pageant experience, though it is not required. The theme is Nice and Jazzy Caribbean Night, and the contest will have three categories: a talk-show style interview, a swimwear fashion show and a grace and elegance competition in formal dress from the contestant’s personal wardrobe. There is no entrance fee and sponsorship is optional.
“We want to make the pageant fun and easy for the contestants,” says show coordinator Dwight McLean of Special Effects Entertainment Services.
The perfect candidate from Cayman, according to organisers, will have an extensive knowledge of the Cayman Islands, an outstanding personality, know Caymanian culture and what the Islands offer as a tourism destination.
The Cayman Islands has had four ambassadors in the pageant: Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden, 1994; Marsena Hydes 2007, Miss Personality Winner; Rochelle Pryce of George Town 2008; and Treveen Stewart of George Town 2009, who also won the Miss Personality Trophy.
During the competition week, contestants will participate in various promotional activities as well as attend formal ceremonies, reception dinners and meet with government officials. On the night of the pageant the contestants will deliver a speech about the Cayman Islands in cultural wear and participate in a swimwear and evening gown competitions.
The contestants will be judged on various criteria, including poise, appearance, stage presence, demarche, speaking abilities and choice of costumes.
The winner will be away from home for 10 days. She will have a chance to win other prizes in several category awards: Best Cultural Wear, Best Gown, Miss Personality, Miss Popularity and Miss Photogenic.
The top three contestants will be presented with a second runner-up, first runner-up or title Miss Caraibes Hibiscus 2010, who will take home the US$10,000 prize.
The Miss Caribbean Hibiscus Beauty Pageant is scheduled on St Martin from 25 November to 3 December at the Maho Sonesta Resort Convention Centre. The pageant will feature contestants from 15 Caribbean islands.
How to enter:
Entry forms are available at Le Classique on Mary Street or by calling 323-3617. The confirm deadline is 24 October.