Amid the pageantry and celebration of a packed house at the Lions Center, judges named Tonie Chisholm as Miss Cayman Islands 2015.
The 26-year-old North Side resident was crowned Saturday night by reigning Miss Cayman Lindsey Japal, who has held the title since the last Miss Cayman pageant in 2011. George Town’s Adrianna Christian, 26, was named first runner-up, and 24-year-old Emily Bodden, also from George Town, was chosen second runner-up.
Schilo Scott, 21, from Cayman Brac, won the People’s Choice Award.
Premier Alden McLaughlin praised Ms. Japal for representing Cayman for the past four years with “hard work and dedication.” The premier, speaking at the beginning of an evening filled with bright lights, music, cheers and dancing, said the new Miss Cayman “will be one of our top ambassadors.”
Ms. Japal held the crown for four years due to government budget constraints, but the pageant was back in full force this year.
The crowd filled the Lions Center to capacity on the evening, and erupted in a cheerful roar from the first time the Miss Cayman contestants filed on stage in matching sparkling silver dresses. Many of the spectators, in the more than 1,000 folding chairs and bleachers set up for the event, were dressed as well as the contestants on stage, in fine evening gowns, suits, and even a few tuxedos.
The evening continued with the swimwear competition, evening gown competition, onstage interviews and a number of presentations, songs and videos of the contestants.
Born and reared in Cayman, Ms. Chisholm returned to the island after receiving a bachelor’s degree in film production from Plymouth College of Art in the United Kingdom and working for a year in London. Since her return, she has helped launch Flipside Productions, a film company focused on high-end wedding and web videos.
Ms. Chisholm, in addition to representing Miss Cayman at the Miss Universe and Miss World Pageants next year, will receive a three-year, $70,000 scholarship to the school of her choice locally or internationally. She also wins a Nissan Leaf for a year and numerous paid travel opportunities and a number of gifts from local businesses.
The runners-up receive $2,500 scholarships each per year for two years and several gifts from local businesses.