Kelsie Woodman-Bodden, a 22-year-old accountant, won the Miss World Cayman title at the Harquail Theatre Saturday night.
The George Town beauty, who works at PricewaterhouseCoopers, received awards for Best In Gown and Miss Photogenic. Ms. Woodman-Bodden also won a $70,000 scholarship from the Cayman Islands government.
She was among four contestants taking part in the pageant, and will represent the Cayman Islands at the Miss World contest in Sanya, southern China, on Dec. 8.
Nateisha Foster received first runner-up, Best Smile and Miss Top Model. Zorina McCoon won second runner-up and Roseanne Myles won third runner-up, Best In Sport and the Miss Congeniality title.
Ms. Woodman-Bodden said the pageant was an experience that could not be relived.
“For me, it was a bit weird because I was calm the entire time, which I was not expecting. I thought I would be really nervous,” she said. “I tried to keep my nerves in check because if I was nervous I could not perform as well as I wanted to,” she said speaking by phone to the Cayman Compass on Monday.
She thinks all the young women, who underwent two months of training, did an amazing job.
“I have always wanted to represent our country as Miss Cayman and to be able to enter the Miss World Cayman pageant, and winning the crown was like a dream come true for me,” she said.
She liked that Miss World Cayman focused on beauty with a purpose. “It’s not just being beautiful on the inside but doing something with your beauty to impact the environment and using your voice to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves,” she said.
During the question-and-answer segment of the pageant, each contestant shared their views on what they thought about neighboring Caribbean islands legislating to ban single-use plastic and what Cayman could do to preserve its islands in a similar fashion.
“Research has shown that by the year 2050, our oceans will be as polluted, with the same amount of plastic as marine life. As an island that prides itself on our unique experience in the water, our oceans and our marine life, I feel as though they should follow in the footsteps of our neighbors Grenada and Jamaica in banning the use of single-use plastic here in Cayman,” Ms. Woodman-Bodden said in her answer.
She said she hopes to represent the Cayman Islands at the Miss World pageant in China to the best of her abilities.
At Saturday’s event, she was crowned by Miss World Cayman Islands 2017 Kristin Amaya.
“It was a great show. It flowed really nicely and that was because of the help of Centre Pointe Dance Studio and stage manager Sophie Gough,” said Pamela Ebanks-Small, director of the Miss World Cayman pageant.
The show, which had about 250 people in attendance, opened with a dance number called “Elements” which reflected the environment, she said.
Each contestants represented an element – earth, fire, wind and water.
Contestants also competed for a top model spot in a choreographed 1950s-style segment, along with other entertainment.
Ms. Ebanks-Small said the company which operates the Miss World Cayman Islands competition would stage a program called “Girl Power,” for women and girls between the ages of 15 and 25 “to teach them etiquette, speaking, helping them with schooling, in the hopes [that] these girls will enter the Miss World Cayman when they … come of age.”