After lowering the upper age to enter Miss Cayman Islands last year to 25, the pageant’s organizing committee has now re-set the upper limit to age 27.

The limit had dropped to the younger age in 2016 after last year’s winner, Tonie Chisholm, was ineligible to enter the Miss World pageant because she was over 25. The Miss World competition changed its upper age limit to 25 in January 2015.

The new age limit of 27 for the Cayman contest is in line with the Miss Universe pageant, in which contestants are required to be between 18 and 27.

Derri Dacres-Lee, chairwoman of the Miss Cayman committee, said, “We found that a lot of the interest was coming more from girls older than the age limit the committee had set … that’s what sparked it so we just got approval from the ministry to go ahead and increase the age limit to 27.

“We felt that this was the best way going forward in order to accommodate the interest of other ladies out there wanting to enter the contest.”

The current Miss Cayman, Monyque Brooks, won the title at age 24.

Extended registration

The organizing committee has extended registration for the Miss Cayman Pageant to Sunday, Oct. 30.

Ms. Dacres-Lee said the upcoming Miss Cayman pageant so far has five applicants, “and we are actually waiting on some of the other girls to complete their applications … we are looking, hopefully, on not having to extend the deadline any further.”

“We are looking to get at least seven [entrants] this year,” she added.

The committee expects to hold the pageant on the last weekend in March or the first week in April next year, a few months later than was originally planned.

“We are still in the planning stages, where we have not finalized the contestants as yet and because of that … we are having to push the pageant [back].

“We want to give the girls sufficient time for their training as well.” Ms. Dacres-Lee said.
A venue has also yet to be decided.

“We’ve got some exciting times ahead and we are just looking forward to another great year,” Ms. Dacres-Lee said.

Brooks in training for Miss World

Meanwhile, reigning Miss Cayman Ms. Brooks leaves for Miami on Friday for two weeks of training with pageant coach Anastagia Pierre, a former beauty pageant titleholder who has a pageant coaching school in Florida.

According to Ms. Dacres-Lee, Ms. Brooks will head to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 26, ready to take part in the Miss World Pageant on Dec. 18.