Sixteen Caymanian girls returned to Cayman last week after taking part in the International Girl Pageant at the Wyndham Dallas Suites in Texas.
The girls, ranging in age from 4 months to 60 years, came back with 17 titles, nine medals, and two first alternate awards, said Evana Martinez, director of the Cayman chapter of International Girl.
“This is our first time going away and the first time that the program itself has been introduced to the Cayman Islands. We’re very, very proud and the girls did very well,” she said.
Although this is Cayman’s first time competing, International Girl Pageant has been active for 47 years.
According to the pageant’s website, the aim of the pageant is to promote natural beauty, talent, and social grace and to foster self-confidence and hard work.
The pageant has different stages of judging for the individual titles. “They do interviews, they do casual, they do formal, and then for the appropriate ages they do talent; the younger babies don’t do talent unless it’s an optional talent,” said Ms. Martinez.
Some of the titles up for grabs included Beauty Winner, International Doll, Photogenic Winner and Glamour Girl. Ms. Martinez said the program is not all focused on beautiful faces and fancy clothes.
“It’s not so much about dressing up and going on stage and looking pretty,” she said. “It’s about so much more that we do. We have the etiquette training, the public speaking, the charity events. We raised over $1,000 for Feed our Future this year alone.”
The group will aim to sponsor one girl from the National Council of Voluntary Organizations, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, or the Frances Bodden Girls Home each year, Ms. Martinez said.
“Most of the help for these girls focuses on school, but we wanted to help them with recreational things as well, and build up morale and teach good moral character,” she said. The program will hold another local competition in May 2016. Registration for that competition will begin next March.
Ms. Martinez said she plans to bring more girls to next year’s international competition.
For more information on the International Girl program, visit [email protected]