In December last year, 18-year-old Caymanian beauty Mahalia Seymour travelled to St. Martin where she joined 19 other contestants in the 22nd annual Miss Caraibes Hibiscus Pageant. Weekender caught up with her upon her return to find out about her experience.
Mahalia spent a busy two weeks on the French/Dutch island, making various courtesy calls to government buildings, police stations and homes for the elderly, as well as attending fashion shows, dinners and photo shoots.
“The experience was certainly an eye opener,” Mahalia says. “I have a learned a lot that I will share with the next Miss Caraibes Hibiscus Cayman Islands.”
The competition was tough, she says, because most of the other contest0ants already had experience of taking part in international competitions. But she says the training she received at home, particularly in terms of her speech and her walking, gave her the confidence she needed.
“I was ready … I gave it all I had for my country,” she says.
Although she did not place in the contest, Dwight McLean, franchise holder says she put on a great show.
“She did very well and she stood up strong amongst the more experienced contestants. We left no stone unturned. She missed the finals by just one point. This is very good for Cayman, especially on an international level. It proves we were on the right track – we just need to keep pressing on,” he says.
The title of Miss Caraibes Hibiscus went to Mahalia’s room mate, Elody Pradel, from Guadeloupe. Mahalia remains undaunted, however, and chalks this one up to experience. Looking ahead she is now considering entering the Miss Cayman Islands Pageant for 2013.