Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants

09 Jul 2019 | Priya Bhardwaj

Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 is all set to host its grand coronation night soon as six delegates have been selected to fight for the national crown and the opportunity to represent Cayman Islands in Miss Universe 2019. Miss Universe Cayman Islands 2018 Caitlin Tyson will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.

Here are the six finalists competing for the title of Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 –

Mahalia Seymour (Age: 25 Years)

From George Town, Mahalia has a focus on the reduction of environmental waste, which has become a global concern due to the lack of recycling systems and education on this issue. She has initiated several beach clean-ups and is an advocate for reducing the use of plastic and promoting its proper disposal in the Cayman Islands. Besides the environment, Mahalia believes that mental health issues are evidently a growing concern here in the Cayman Islands and education is the most effective way to recognize the different types of mental issues and manage the problem. ?


Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants


She also believes that an effective ambassador is someone who is humble, a clear communicator and a strong negotiator, and should promote things that positively impact the country. Mahaila models in her spare time and provides complimentary training in her community. She continues to strive for excellence and welcomes new challenges.

Samantha Dixon (Age: 27 Years)

Samantha enjoys recreational activities such as traveling, reading, swimming and making a difference in our community. She is focused on her career and has accomplished a certification in Risk Management. She has been consistently promoted with the company she has worked with for the last 9 years. Samantha possesses a combination of skills and experience that would enable her to be a great ambassador for Cayman.


Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants


A Miss Cayman Islands, in her opinion, should be adventurous, approachable, determined, charismatic and focused. Samantha believes that she retains the qualities that any young person can look up too and looks forward to being a beneficial asset to our Islands. She lives by these words: “if it doesn’t scare you, it doesn’t challenge you.”

Mariah Tibbetts (Age: 25 Years)

Mariah has an interest in all fitness activities, including resistance training, cycling, yoga, dancing and running. In addition to maintaining a robust health and fitness regime, she is also a proud member of 100 Women in Finance, NextGen Cayman and became a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) in 2018. Her accolades include being named a ‘Proud of Them’ Honouree in 2014; being Miss Teen Cayman Islands 1st runner up in 2011 and Deloitte scholarship recipient in 2010.


Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants


According to Mariah, a Miss Cayman Islands should be kind, confident, intelligent, respectful and uphold her integrity and humility while representing her country to the best of her ability. She believes that she is a great role model to young Caymanians and her character embodies the beauty of our islands.

Aleka Beckford (Age: 24 Years)

Aleka’s interests lie in Photography, art and youth development but she is mainly focused on making a difference in our community. For her, being Caymanian is a privilege and opportunity to share Caymankind with the rest of the world, and become a role model for the next generation. Aleka has an interest in youth parliament and is currently studying online at the University of the West Indies pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Management Studies.


Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants


For her, displaying a confident, outgoing and warm Cayman kind welcome to all is important to showcase our culture and open the minds of many individuals. She hopes to become an ambassador of our islands through this journey.

Francine Wright (Age: 23 Years)

Francine’s strong sense of national pride will take her to the next level, complemented by her willingness and confidence to become a role model to people of all backgrounds and ages. She was previously a member of the Cultural and Entertainment Affairs Committee and the GAH Mentorship Programme at the University of the West Indies, where she is studying towards a BSc. in Social Sciences - Marketing.


Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants


She sees herself as an encouraging, friendly and outgoing young person who has a love for interacting with the public, as well as a passion for building and growing relationships. Francine was elected Black and Ethnic Minorities Officer during her stint at Brunel University in London and is interested in travelling and community service.

Kadejah Bodden (Age: 23 Years)

Kadejah’s top interests include Biochemistry and regenerative medicine followed bringing awareness to environmental issues and climate change. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Regenerative Medicine from Queen Mary University in London. Kadejah also enjoys keeping up to date with current affairs, yoga, reading and paddle boarding, and hopes to become more active in the development and progression of our beloved islands.


Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2019 Meet the Contestants

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For her, becoming Miss Cayman Islands would provide a solid platform on which she can elicit change and learn more about the issues facing Cayman to find better solutions.

The winner of the national crown will also get 70K dollars scholarship (runners-up will also receive scholarships), 2019 KIA K3 for the duration of her reign, Employment with the department of Tourism amongst others.