It’s hard to believe that Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks is already coming to the end of her reign. The lady has done the islands proud over the past year, and now it is time for her to hand over her crown to a successor.
Those wishing to support the contestants or watch the proceedings live can head to the Lions Center on Saturday for the Island Chic pageant, starting at 7 p.m.
There are five contestants in this year’s competition: Anika Conolly, Kristin Amaya, Mahalia Seymour, Taylor Langfitt and Chante Smith-Johnson. Whoever wins will represent the Cayman Islands in the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants in the coming year.
Favorite quote: “Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.”
Anika Conolly is an aspiring singer, talent acquisition specialist, traveler, volunteer and youth leader. She has a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in globalization and a certificate in human resources studies. Currently employed as a talent acquisition specialist at CUC, her favorite part of the job is helping students develop their professional skills by partnering with the public schools and the Passport2Success program to teach interview skills. Her vision for her country is to inspire people – young and old – to strive for excellence in all they do and to never stop learning.
She believes that she would be the ideal Miss Cayman Islands because she, like Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe 2013), is a graceful leader with a heart for her country and humanity, and she does it all with a smile.
Anika is grateful to her mom for supporting her in all that she does.
Favorite quote: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
A past participant in the 2009 Miss Teen pageant, Kristin still maintains her love for pageantry, among other interests. She likes to be involved in the community and health and wellness activities, and has mentored youth as well. Her distinctive approach, personality and passion set her apart from others, and she believes that her unique story and drive will inspire people from different walks of life to unapologetically chase theirs dreams too.
The next Miss Cayman Islands, according to Kristin, should be confident, be able to communicate effectively and embrace cultural diversity. She should possess a heightened knowledge of Caymanian history and political affairs, complemented by a strong sense of patriotism and the ability to integrate well.
Favorite quote: “Your smile is the best kind of makeup you can wear!”
Mahalia truly believes that a random act of kindness or a simple smile can go a long way in another person’s life. She enjoys listening to people tell fascinating life stories and how they overcome any obstacles they have faced. She graduated from the Passport2Success program and PRIDE workshops and is currently pursuing an associate degree in engineering technology at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Mahalia thinks a Miss Cayman Islands should be versatile, open-minded, non-judgmental and patient. Most importantly, she should stay true to herself while maintaining poise and grace under pressure.
Favorite quote: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
Taylor’s love for the sea and her true spirit of Caymankind are evident to all who meet her. As the guest relations coordinator for Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, she is able to pursue her passion for promoting the Cayman Islands by helping visitors appreciate her home as much as she does. With a bachelor’s degree in business marketing, a specialization in integrated marketing communications, and a minor in tourism management, Taylor’s dream is to promote the Cayman Islands on a global scale. She believes that to be a Miss Cayman Islands, one must act with intelligence, confidence and elegance as she represents her country.
Favorite quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
A sports fanatic, Chante enjoys multiple hobbies, such as cooking, dancing, playing steel pan and community work. She is currently on the women’s national indoor and beach volleyball teams, having represented Cayman in the past at international events. Chante is pursing an education in sports management with a focus on business, and is looking forward to using the Miss Cayman platform to continue promoting and educating people about what Cayman has to offer.
She has been recognized in the community for her contribution to sports, in addition to a Duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver award. She was crowned Miss Festival Queen and graduated with honors in her high school class.
Chante believes that winning the Miss Cayman Islands pageant would grant her an opportunity to give back to the grass roots of the community while promoting cultural diversity and improving leadership skills.