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In a little over a week Miss Cayman Islands Tonie Chisholm will end her reign and crown her successor. She says while the experience truly a life changing one, there are ways to make it easier for the future Miss Cayman.

The Miss Cayman Pageant returned after a 3 year hiatus, ergo the past year has understandably been a learning experience for both Miss Cayman, and her committee. Miss Chisholm says they have learned from all the challenges, failures and success they had to endure over the last 12 months; and now they are ready to build on those achievements with whoever is crowned Miss Cayman Islands 2016.

She told Cayman 27, “We’re taking what we’ve learned from this past year, accessing it and then seeing how we can apply the good to the next girl and seeing what we can change and make better.”

One of those lessons is the need for more international PR during the reign of our new queen. Chisholm believes ultimately, the more people see and talk about Ms Cayman Islands leading up to her major Miss Universe and Miss World pageants, the better her chances will be.

Another lesson is that our Miss Cayman, maybe the face that people see on the international stage, but she can and her can’t bring home the crown alone. To do they will need the help and support of everyone who calls Cayman their home.

“We have to take who we are, not just as the girl but also as our culture and be able to shine that in a  way and really push her PR wise; not just nationally, but internationally” she said.

When asked if a Miss Cayman could ever be crowned Miss World or even Miss Universe she said, “I don’t think it’s too far fetched but I do think we have a long way to go before we get there.” And she believes the work has already begun and needs to be built on with whomever is crown Miss Cayman Islands 2016 come January 30th.

10 of our most beautiful women, who are all talented and creative in their own way, will come together to and try to convince  us, the people of Cayman, why they should be Miss Cayman Islands 2016.

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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