Every year, organisers of the Miss Cayman pageant seek out sponsorship and funding to ensure that these Islands continue to have a representative in annual international pageants. Over the years, Miss Cayman has proven to be an excellent ambassador, often very popular with other contestants and always someone who has made Caymanians proud.
Back in the days before the World Wide Web, people from all over the globe would crowd around their televisions to watch the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants, but now with the Internet in every home and office it is more important than ever to keep this local competition alive. Months before the international pageants are broadcast, the ladies from all the participating countries are featured on the Web sites with pictures and profiles on each one. The positive exposure for each country therefore goes well beyond the televised few hours of yesteryear.
The Cayman Motor Museum has partnered with the Miss Cayman Islands Committee for an exclusive fundraising extravaganza, “Fashion in the Fast Lane”, on Saturday, 21 April. The fashion show will feature reigning and former Miss Cayman Islands, Miss Jamaica World, and a host of local models while a top DJ spins the tunes.
The event will take place at the Cayman Motor Museum on Northwest Point Road, West Bay and begins at 5pm. VIP tickets are $125.00 and include complimentary wine and canapés; regular tickets are $55. Every person who attends will be given a goodie bag to take home and each ticket holder is eligible to win prizes and giveaways such as Cayman Airways tickets, dinner for two, makeovers, jewellery from Magnum Jewelers, photo shoots and boat cruises. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from this event will go toward the committee’s fundraising efforts.
“Great fashion has always been associated with the beautiful and extraordinary, so what better place to hold a fashion show than the Cayman Motor Museum where the creations on the runway are perfectly complimented by the stunning automobiles lining the red carpet,” said Natalie Ugland, owner of Cayman Motor Museum.
The beautiful models will walk the runway with clothes and accessories from Cayman Couture (Strand Shopping Centre), Celeb Boutique (Marquee Plaza) and swimwear from Sand Angels (Camana Bay).
Mrs. Ugland and her husband, Andreas O. Ugland, have also donated funds toward Miss Universe training for the reigning queen, Lindsay Japal, to attend a two-week programme in New York City.
“I would like to specially thank the boutique sponsors and Mrs. Natalie Ugland who has kindly supported us by donating the location for the fashion show, as well as giving Lindsay a unique training opportunity. We are also excited and pleased that Lindsay will have a chance to meet with officials of the Trump Organization before the Miss Universe Pageant,” said Miss Cayman Islands Committee Chairperson Lynn Bodden.
It should be remembered that Miss Cayman may be found volunteering her time and taking an active role in many charity functions throughout the year. Lindsay Japal, Miss Cayman 2011/2012 has a whirlwind schedule but always manages to participate in many fundraising events. For example, last year, she assisted the Cayman Heart Fund, Cancer Society, and the Festival of the Trees, raising money for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute located on Little Cayman which relies on donations to fund its vital research.
Tickets are available from the Ministry of Tourism, 5th Floor, Government Administration Building or by calling 926-2577.