Cayman won’t have a Miss Cayman entrant in the Miss World pageant this year, as both the reigning Miss Cayman Islands Tonie Chisholm and first runner-up Adrianna Christian are older than the required age.
According to the rules of the Miss World pageant, contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 25. Both Ms. Chisholm and Ms. Christian are 27.
Ms. Chisholm will, however be entering the Miss Universe pageant, as the upper age limit for that contest is 27.
For the next Miss Cayman pageant, the upper age of its potential contestants has been lowered to 24. In previous years, the age requirement was 18 to 26. Under the new rules, contestants who have reached the age of 25 by Jan. 1, 2016 will be ineligible to enter.
Meanwhile, although the next Miss Cayman islands pageant is still eight months away, the Miss Cayman Committee is already seeking contestants to enter the competition.
A meet and greet event planned for interested persons will take place on Friday, June 5, at the Lobster Pot restaurant in George Town at 6.30 p.m.
Committee chairperson Derri Lee said, “If you are interested in becoming the next Miss Cayman Islands, with a whole new world of opportunities awaiting you, including a chance to represent your Islands in the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants, this is your chance to find out more.”
Ms. Chisholm said entering the Miss Cayman pageant was one of the best decision she had taken in her life.
“The Miss Cayman Islands pageant was not something that I had planned on doing – it was not something I spent my younger years dreaming of – but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
“No matter your age, or gender, we all want to better ourselves and the only way to do that is to know who you are. The pageant is not only glitz and glam, it challenges you on so many other levels that no matter where you place at the end, you will surely find yourself. I cannot wait to meet the next group of ladies who want to take this journey to self discovery,” she said.
Applications will be available at the Meet and Greet event. Contact Ariana Seales on 926-7855 or email [email protected] or Dawn McLean-Sawney on 927-3360 or email [email protected] for more information.