Miss World Cayman Kelsie Woodman-Bodden is bringing her island style to the southern Chinese city of Sanya as she takes part in the international beauty pageant.
Although the Miss World pageant finals will not be held until Dec. 8, the contest is heating up, with talent auditions and a top model competition already held this week.
Ms. Woodman-Bodden has been showing off her dance moves in China, performing a soca song choreographed by Centre Pointe Dance Studio for the talent segment, and doing a quadrille dance in a traditional Cayman plaid dress, designed by K.Rose, for the dances of the world audition.
She also participated in filming at the beach, a parade in traditional dress through Sanya, media appearances, and dance and show rehearsals.
Thirty of the 120 contestants will be chosen to go through to the final. The contestants have been broken up into 20 groups of six. The top two women from each group, based on a public vote over social media, will go head-to-head answering questions and those 10 winners will each get a spot in the final 30.
The contestants who get the most votes or likes across four online platforms will move on the finals. Voting closes on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Ms. Woodman-Bodden’s group includes France, Barbados, Georgia, Germany and Paraguay. She is rooming with the contestant from Cook Islands, Reihana Koteka-Wiki.
So far, just one contestant is guaranteed a place in the final 30 – Miss France Maeva Coucke, who won the Miss World Top Model contest this week.
The finals will air on U.S. television on Dec. 8 but the station has yet to be announced, according to the Miss World Cayman Islands Committee.