Jaci Patrick of West Bay, who was named Miss World Cayman in September, represented the Cayman Islands in the Miss World Competition in London earlier this month.
Patrick sat down with the Cayman Compass to talk about her involvement in the international pageant.
What inspired you to get involved with the Miss World pageant?
I saw this pageant as an opportunity to grow as an individual, gain self-confidence and develop a sense of self. I recognised and appreciated how the Miss World organisation was making a difference in our community. I wanted to become part of this difference as I believe that my purpose in life is to help others. I saw an opportunity in this pageant to be an inspiration to other women and to promote awareness on the things that I am passionate about.
How has your experience been so far?
It has been a great honour to be Miss World Cayman and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. This position allows me to be a public voice and to be an inspiration to the people of Cayman.
How was the competition in London? What were some of your most memorable experiences there?
It was an amazing experience visiting London for the first time and competing in the 2019 Miss World pageant. I met some really amazing people during my time there and I have created connections and memories that I will cherish forever. One of my most memorable experiences was when Miss Thailand gave me one of her project shirts which is similarly raising awareness for mental health. Another memorable experience was taking a boat cruise to attend an afternoon tea at the House of Lords and then a tour of the House of Parliament.
What does beauty with a purpose mean to you?
Beauty with a purpose is the heart and soul of the Miss World organisation. What beauty with a purpose means to me is that pageantry is not only about appearances but rather a combination of beauty and the things that you are passionate about and want to express.
What are your goals for the rest of the year as Miss World Cayman?
I will continue to use my title as a platform to inspire meaningful change in the Cayman Islands. I have been very fortunate to work with the Alex Panton Foundation and I will continue raising awareness around mental health issues and would seek to introduce strategies to help reduce the stigma. I am also going to reach out to other organisations that hold a place in my heart and work with them as well.
What advice do you have for Caymanian girls wanting to enter the pageant world?
My advice would be to stay strong and always follow your heart. Chase your dreams and do not let anything or anyone get in your way. You can do what you believe in if you set your mind to it. And, most importantly, don’t be a follower, be a leader.