Miss Cayman committee seeks contestants

The Miss Cayman Islands contest is back on track, organizers say. 

The beauty pageant’s committee announced last week that the contest would take place in October or November. 

The future of the Miss Cayman Islands contest, which has not been held since 2011, seemed in doubt earlier this year after the committee chairperson resigned and the competition’s funding had not been finalized. 

In previous years, the winner of Miss Cayman has gone on to represent the Cayman Islands in the Miss Universe and Miss World contests. However, this year she will only take part in the Miss Universe contest as, according to the committee, due to budget constraints the ministry has decided not to send the Miss Cayman winner to the Miss World Pageant. 

High school graduates between the ages of 18 and 26 who are “single, of good character and possess charm, poise, personality, and have beauty of face and figure” are encouraged to enter, according to the committee. 

The winner of the Miss Cayman pageant will receive a four-year scholarship from government.  

“We are working on other prizes for contestants through planned fund raisers, such as fashion shows, Sister Island trip, island motorcade and annual minister’s dinner,” said past chairperson of the Miss Cayman Committee, Lynn Bodden. 

She added, “Earning the title of Miss Cayman Islands is a major accomplishment for any young woman fortunate enough to win it. Not only does that individual gain a fully paid educational sponsorship and many other wonderful prizes but she also gets to have one of the most memorable experiences of her lifetime.  

“Our competition is centered on the motto “Beauty with a purpose,” to bring awareness to a local charity and as mentorship program for young Caymanian ladies rather than a typical beauty pageant.” 

Ms. Bodden said anyone interested in entering should attend the preliminary meet and greet session scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, at Grand Old House. 

Derri Dacres-Lee is the new chairperson for the Miss Cayman Committee. The full membership of a new committee will be announced at the meet and greet event.  

Lindsay-Japal

The last Miss Cayman Islands, Lindsay Japal, was crowned in 2011.
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