West Bayer takes Miss Cayman crown

| 27/03/2017 | 208 Comments
Cayman News Service

Miss Cayman Islands Anika Connolly

(CNS): Anika Connolly from West Bay has been crowned Miss Cayman Islands following the annual national beauty pageant at the Lion’s Centre on Saturday. The 27-year-old, who also won a $70,000 scholarship, will become a tourism ambassador for the islands and will go on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. However, it is not clear if she will compete in Miss World as the cut-off age in the past has been 27.

Connolly beat out four other girls for the crown as well as winning Best Gown and Best Smile.

First Runner-up Kristin Amaya won the People’s Choice Award, and Second Runner-up Mahalia Seymour was also voted Miss Congeniality.

The new beauty queen was crowned by Monyque Brooks, the former title holder.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    2017 Miss Universe Swimsuit Competition… all these old “sticks” on stage, but, hear what, I am a real man, I don’t want no stick-woman. #SMDH


  2. Anonymous says:

    When the misinformed post garbage such as, “the Miss World competition doesn’t matter”, only amounts to a sad rationalisation for the fact that Cayman is once again losing out on a golden tourism opportunity to participate. So much for being a “Tourism Ambassador”. Once again, ignorance is bliss.

    By the way for the same misinformed posters, “Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant. The Miss World Organisation owns and manages the annual Miss World Finals, a competition that has grown into one of the world’s biggest. Since its launch in 1951, the Miss World organisation has raised more than £250 million for children’s charities that help disabled and underprivileged children. Miss World is franchised in more than 100 countries.”

    Make sure to check out the Miss World contestants as you educate yourselves. http://www.missworld.com/

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you have provided over half of the asinine comments on this article, do you not have a job???

      • Anonymous says:

        Truth equates to asinine. Typical small-minded skulduggery.

        …and you’re posting at 9:39 AM, and asking me if I have a job. Do you have a job? Or are you slacking off at work? I’d bet anything you check your facebook from work as well.

    • Well then... says:

      BRAVO. You got brains and no beauty?
      Can you protect “dem” from the mexican cartel?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is unbelievable. When since did disagreeing with the chosen winner (nothing personal) and only wanting the best for your country become a crime? Typical Caymanians, always taking everything so personal, lacking the objectivity to embrace the bigger picture.

    • M Wilson says:

      Don’t know the young lady but she looks amazing, sounds great in her interviews and you should all be embracing her and wishing her well in her journey as your ambassador and not tearing her down. All the best for your future as Cayman Islands queen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Typical idiot saying “typica caymanians”

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m really sorry for some people, it is sad that a small country have so much hate, it does not matter who win there would still be hate, and its really bad.
    Besides why do you need to be a stick to be anything, and if that was the case and your all mad that a stick didn’t win, why did the big girl shine over the stick? why would stick not do better if she wanted to win?
    stop trying to bully people behind internet because half of you who bashing people probably stay back like what, Illiterate and uneducated….
    are some of you even CAYMANIAN? this is a Caribbean island and Caribbean girl Born and RAISED on the islands win!!!!
    got a problem with that? the take it to the Lord in prayer, go do something with your life and make yourselves better, and if you already have money your some sad individuals..

    • Anonymous says:

      Because international Beauty Pageant’s have weight requirements, if you have a problem with that, then take it up with the Miss Universe committee. Stop taking things so damn personal.

      Cayman as a country, needs a winner who can place in competition and attend ALL required international competitions, or else what is all for?

    • Anonymous says:

      Wait, weren’t ALL the competitors Caymanian? Your point is invalid.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, the competition be like…


  6. Anonymous says:

    The fact that so many people are so content with a winner that won’t place, that can’t compete in the Ms. World pageant, that basically makes the Country stuck with ‘the short end of the stick” beauty pageant wise, is astounding. Whether she is a nice girl, or not, does not a beauty pageant contestant make. The whole country loses. No wonder this place is such a bloody mess. The self-sabotage is frankly, unbelievable!

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re acting as though Cayman has EVERRRRR gotten anywhere in any of these international pageants and Anika would suddenly cause us not to place. Stay woke idiot. She is a beauty, not by your standards but most of us love her look and her intelligence.

      • Anonymous says:

        Small minded fools. By your logic this whole thing is a complete farce and waste of money.

        • Anonymous says:

          It is. If I’m to be honest, the only perk is the scholarship money. Much more SERIOUS and IMPORTANT things to worry about in this world than some “beauty” pageant.

    • Anonymous says:

      Miss universe is by far a bigger deal than miss world . An with that “bloody mess ” statement no need ask where your from. An if its a mess why are you around here then hmmmmm.

  7. Jamaal Anderson says:

    I’d just like to that this moment to publicly congratulate all the contestants who participated in Miss Cayman. Going on stage and performing in front of your peers is no easy task. Hold your heads high for undertaking a challenge most won’t ever try but are quick to criticize.

    As for the new crowned Miss Cayman Anika Connolly, congrats for a well-deserved honour. I know you will be an excellent representative for the Cayman Islands as a Tourism Ambassador with your wit, charm, kind demeanour and intelligence. I wish you all the best for your reign.

    • Anonymous says:

      All the flavors in the world and these hating ass mofo’s on this comment section chose to be salty as f&#%!! I bet majority of the “she’s too fat” comments are coming from these dried up, prune looking women I see jogging on the roads and murdering the treadmills at the gym when they should be eating a few burgers with their mawga asses. Real men want something other than bones to look at and touch.

      • Anonymous says:

        Key words “Beauty Pageant”, “Competition”, “Miss Universe”, “Miss World”. Get it yet?

        This has nothing to do with what “Real men want” for God’s sake. She will be competing in an international beauty pageant, you ignoramus. Get over yourself, and stop taking things so damn personal. She put herself out there, the onus is on her, not us.

        We, the objective Caymanians, want the best representation our Country deserves. That is all.

        • Lacey says:

          Where would we be today if Martin Luther King decided not to have a dream because he was black? or Rosa Parks never dared to sit at the front of the bus?
          The point I’m trying to make is that it all has to start somewhere with someone… Who’s to say that our reigning Miss. Cayman won’t be the first ever full figured woman to place in an international pageant…
          Why are we as Caymanians so narrow minded and act like crabs in a barrel?
          The world is changing every day and if we continuously place our youth in a box based on what we think their abilities are, how can we ever expect them to strive for better and achieve their dreams? The sky is the limit and I by far prefer the message that Miss. Cayman is sending to our youth rather than the message your negative comments are sending. In regards to her age and her inability to represent us in the Miss. World pageant I think that is an issue to be taken up with the Miss. Cayman committee…

    • Shomari Solomon says:

      Amen Sir I do share your thoughts as well. Too many Caymanians try to destroy their own rather than uplift. This is why this country will never progress. I’ve seen comments regarding race never been so disgusted with what has been written. What I hope CNS will do in the future is take away the Anonymous setting. Let these persons be identified to the public. To the young lady that won continue to strive for excellence rise above the negativity especially from your own people.

      • Anonymous says:

        The “destroying” of our own came in the form of a winner that can not fully represent our country.

        The blind leading the blind.

  8. Anonymous says:

    cayman is a joke just look at where we have to have such a “serious pagent” the damn lions center where you go there to bat away mosquitos and wipe sweat

  9. Shane Allenger says:

    The love we have for each other in Cayman??
    You all have points to make but not at the expense of someone’s feelings.
    We are Caymanians and should stand by each other, expat caymanians and all who love and live here. This is wrong……
    Annika congratulations and enjoy your win, you’re beautiful and deserve your crown.
    You worked hard for it, as did the rest of girls.
    All the best,

    • Anonymous says:

      Life on the public stage, you of all people should now what comes with the territory.

  10. Kara Rankine says:

    Congratulations once again to you Anika, you worked very hard to be crowned Miss Cayman 2017. Please ignore the hateful comments and strive to represent Cayman to the best of your ability. I just hope that all who have posted comments in regards to her weight/size are perfect human beings who are personal trainers/body building champions with six packs, buns of steel, no stretch marks, no cellulite, flawless skin etc…

    • Anonymous says:

      You don’t have to be a “personal trainers/body building champions with six packs, buns of steel, no stretch marks, no cellulite, flawless skin etc…” to know that someone her weight and size is not to run in Miss Universe! you people think just because she worked hard to lose some weight she deserve to compete now, even tho her body type is not for that type of competition.

      The same if a guy wanted to compete in a Body Building Competition with arm that look like a broom stick! regardless how hard he worked at the gym, it is just not for him!

      I don’t know why is so hard for you people to see that?

      • Anonymous says:

        You sound like a supporter of another girl that didn’t win. Kindly stfu!

        • Anonymous says:

          Just because one wants the best representation for our country, we must STFU??

          Don’t you get it? We ALL lose, you idiot.

          • rollin says:

            And the award for Miss Overemotional goes to anon 4:02.

            Jeez you are a sour loser

            • Anonymous says:

              The only loser here is Cayman, who won’t be represented at Miss World.

            • Anonymous says:

              A real “sourpuss”. I also believe it’s the same idiot on here stressing that BS to anyone who doesn’t agree with her.

              • Anonymous says:

                The only idiots here are those satisfied with half-way representation. Cayman as a country has lost out.

      • Lacey Rockett says:

        Miss. Cayman is not just about looks it’s about the all around package… or am I to now assume u would rather send someone to represent us based on Barbie doll looks and nothing more??? Anika deserved to win that crown, she was the best of the 5 contestants and let’s be real if they couldn’t beat her in our local pageant what chance do you really think they have in an International pageant??? Instead of criticizing her why not encourage her, who knows with her intelligence and her beauty she may just change the worlds perception of what beautiful really is #TeamAnika?

        • Anonymous says:

          Excuse me but if it stopped with the Miss Cayman competition your point would be valid. But it does not. It stops with the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

          But, we can already forget about Miss Cayman representing us at Miss World. #SMDH

          • Well then... says:

            Are you a BIG FAT TV WATCHER? Because Anikka seems to NOT be!

          • ELLZ says:

            Who dah BBC cares about your point and you stressing over Damn Ms World and Ms Universe ah come aff you fi come aff this BC and Uplift that young Lady She Deserved Her Crown And May End Up Changing The World, Changing The Game Certain Criteria is not All!!!! it Takes Jus One Person Or Tht One Moment to Change The Perception of Everything tht Is Usually A Norm to Everyone Else, As matter ah Fact ms anonymous , so shame you cant even say your name and so much rubbish to chat GTFOH# TeamAnika❤

            • Anonymous says:

              It is her duty as Miss Cayman to represent our country, the Cayman Islands, on the international stage at beauty pageants, namely the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions.

              Obviously, you haven’t the slightest clue of what the Miss Cayman competition is all about.

              Now please, try so go back to school and improve on your writing and your grammar skills. It’s embarrassing. Here’s a clue, not every​ word needs to be capitalised (that means the big letters).

        • Anonymous says:

          When since is a “Beauty Pageant” not about looks?

          • Lacey says:

            Looks can only take you so far in a pageant… there are interviews where you have to be well spoken and educated… what’s the point of being in the top five and then when you open your mouth your unable to fully represent your self and your country by answering the question asked.. Over time Anika can tone her legs but let’s be honest none of the other contestants can surpass her knowledge and her humble & awesome personality in time to represent us internationally..#TeamAnikafromday1?

  11. Megan says:

    Perhaps when or Premier starts playing/paying the political side of this pagent then Cayman will place. Until then, this pagent is a scholarship program and people need to see it as such. The girl is beautiful and smart, and Cayman not placing won’t have a thing to do with whether she is curvy or not!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Too old, too fat, not toned….People, are you nuts? A beauty contest you say? Beauty is a concept, an abstract idea, everyone defines according to their own perception. Just look at miss Helsinki.
    I just hope this beautiful woman is smart enough not to ever read online comments about herself.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it shocking how many bullies are hiding behind their screens and verbally assaulting one of their own? A beautiful young woman who has done nothing wrong to anyone.
    People living in this country are a special kind of type. That is scary. At least some of them leave their real names under their hateful comments ( as in Compass), but most are cowards.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is not bullying if it is the Truth!

      • Well then... says:

        Truth is Goodness, Truth is balance.

        The milk in your fridge is white, but it doesnt mean your drinking it, nor does it mean you can even see it right now. It is still white in accordance to what we both were taught colors are to be called in the language know to communicate in.

        Truth remains, Truth does not change…be cautious when practicing truth for it is a double edged sword for those workers of iniquity.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hpw backwards?

  15. Anonymous says:

    We shouldn’t be encouraging women or men that it’s beautiful to be overweight.

    • Lacey Rockett says:

      How can u honestly sit back and say that Miss. Cayman is not beautiful. So what she isn’t Barbie skinny but she is far from fat, she is beautiful both inside and out…

    • Shane says:

      I think we should be encouraging women and men that its beautiful to be comfortable in their own body. As long as they are healthy, who are we to say anything. Everyone cant be the same size. Smh….

    • Anonymous says:

      You are what is wrong with society implying if you’re not a size 2 with no tits and ass then your big, fat or plus sized. Some hating bitches on this thread. She is far from overweight and ironically, I’m picturing you as a lard ass in my mind.

  16. George R. Ebanks says:

    Anika Conolly is a very professional person. Well spoken. Can communicate effectively and indeed effortlessly. Excellent poise. Culturally exposed. Has overcome various obstacles in life; indicative of US all!
    She is Caymanian. And she is most worthy to not only represent me on the World stage but indeed I am honored to call her MY MISS CAYMAN 2017!???

  17. Just Sayin' says:

    I thought the black girl should’ve won.

  18. Anonymous says:

    why is it every year when a new beauty queen is crowned everyone has nothing but negative things to say? We as a society are never satisfied. “She’s not skinny enough..”, “she did not deserve it”, “she will never place”, “the pagent is rigged” etc. etc. etc. Instead of tearing her down, we should ALL be showing her support. All this bullying has got to stop and I am sure she is reading these comments. So much to say behind a computer huh? It takes A LOT for these girls to put themselves out there and I can speak for a lot of females in saying that many will not run simply in fear of all the criticism.

    • K.R says:

      Despise all the negative thoughts and talk, this is our Island beauty queen, where is the respect? Its a pitty our own kind can’t be supportive and help her to uplift our society in different aspects. It’s a shame that our own caymanians grudge and despise their kind, what a shame! This is our island and we all represent our island. If your caymanian and you are speaking negative about your own island instead of encouraging and supporting it the positive way. What a pitty! Stand strong Anika C. You are our MISS CAYMAN ISLANDS and u deserve your title u got this! Brush off those negative thoughts and talk and struck your braveness! Miss Cayman girl !!! Island girl!


    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanians unite ….Caymanians for Anika all the way.

      We are proud of you more than you will ever know. Lots or love and respect.

      West Baya for life.

      • Anonymous says:

        Weren’t all the contestants Caymanian? You’re acting as though there was some foreigner infiltrating the Miss Cayman competition.

        What the hell is wrong with unnah?

    • Anonymous says:

      She can’t represent us in Miss World, how is this simple truth misconstrued as people being negative? All we want is to be represented.

      • Anonymous says:

        If this is the case, send the 1st runner up to represent us at Miss World. Just like how Jamaica does

        • Anonymous says:

          Then what’s the bloody point of having a Miss Cayman?

          If this is the case, then we have Two Miss Cayman’s.

          Two different girls wearing the sash.

          Backwards as f…

        • George R. Ebanks says:

          Ditto!..that is what will happen. If needs be.

          • Anonymous says:

            In that case, the Miss Cayman Committee will have to award Miss Cayman #2, half of the scholarship.

            Fair is fair.

    • Anonymous says:

      How is it bullying when fact 1) It is a beauty contest, 2) she IS overweight, 3) she can’t represent us at Miss World?

      • Anonymous says:

        She is not overweight (by pageant standards she is heavier) she looks healthy, curvy and beautiful to me. You sound like your either a lonely old woman with a surfboard in your ass or a man who likes women who look like 12 year old boys.

    • Anonymous says:

      um, she put her own herself out there, honey. Goes with territory. I still remember when Debbie Bergstrom won Miss Cayman and the Caymanians burned up her car. This ain’t nothing.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t she enter the pageant back in 2014?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to our curvaceous gorgeous intelligent Miss Cayman and a big hahaha to all you out there who prefer your women to look like 12 year olds instead of grown adults

    • Anonymous says:

      Congrats that she can’t compete in Miss World, because she’s too old. Congrats that as a Tourism Ambassador she cant, by default, fulfill her duties. Congrats that Cayman will lose out, once again, on a viable Tourism opportunity. My God, you people are ignorant. Self-sabotage much?

      • Anonymous says:

        Ugh sick of reading the same troll posting the same stupid comment… build a bridge and get over it, I’m sure you can find something better to do with your time. Congrats to Anika, she deserves it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Viable tourism opportunity? Have you watched these pageants?? Cayman gets a 3 second mention. Name & country. Pls stfu acting like our tourism industry’s success is dependent on recognition in a stupid pageant which Cayman is never a stand out or placed.

        • Anonymous says:

          Then remove the effing title of Tourism Ambassador then… Damn, you people can shoot yourselves in the foot.

        • Anonymous says:

          And you are so content with Cayman not placing or standing out. What a loser you are.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not good for anyone to encourage people to be obese.

      • K.R says:

        She isn’t obese n looks fabulous the way she is, y dont u go and represent cayman yourself and stop talking rubish, try go sit under a tree and sip some lemonade and chill your attitude!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        First of all she’s not obese, you want her to look like a damn broomstick with no shape awa? second, why don’t you get your butt up on stage and win a contest, until then don’t have anything to say about OUR Miss Cayman, didn’t your parents teach you if you don’t have anything nice to say that you mustn’t say anything at all? Just lock your mouth and stop being so salty!

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re not pay attention to the reality of it all. Don’t you get it? It ain’t personal honey, it’s business.


    • Anonymous says:

      Well said, a beautiful ambassador is far better than a skinny posing glamour-puss wannabe.

    • Anonymous says:

      She was the one with the most brains and u rarely find that in beauty queens. She looked the best with make up on an u know they have to b full of that. And so what if she big. She will just work on that in her free time hopefully it wont turn to muscle cause then she would b bigger with all the gifts she got gym membership i am sure is
      THere somewhere or go healthcity n get it suck out or starve like what most of the gals do before she enter miss universe. But its a first for everything she might be the one if they ignore the legs cause smart an gorgeous

  21. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t this become unnecessary once porn was invented?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Only 5 competitors with $70,000 at stake, shame on Cayman.

  23. Shinique says:

    Like seriously why does arrigont people have to be do stupid .. so wat if she is 27 and so wat if she has a lil weight its not about ur body figure or age. its about ur personality and wats in ur heart .. anika u deserved it never let any1 steal ur star away .. hard work pays off and i knw u for 1 u will continue to make cayman proud .. u knock them down u continue to shine and finish the amazing n wonderful work monyque brooks did .. your our caymanian girl ?

    So to all u people who hve nothing good to say dnt say nothing at all and bck the hell off u all should be encouraging her not putting her dwn u all show be happy for her #caymanproblems

    • Anonymous says:

      It means we have another person to represent us who won’t place in competition and who won’t be able to represent us at Miss World. How is she a good choice for a so-called Tourism Ambassador?

    • Anonymous says:

      Go back to school and learn to spell.

    • Anonymous says:

      You lost me at “arrigont”.

    • Anonymous says:

      She is 27; how will she represent us at world – google the requirements for world, she is too old.

      If she can’t represent us at world because of her age that means by default the first runner-up will represent Cayman; so essentially Anika’s win would be in vain!

      Also, to be fair, she has a lot of work to do on her body; she has already done some but has a long way to go. Do not misconstrue my comment or take it personally as this is constructive criticism, she is a beautiful girl and intelligent, but these are beauty pageants and you will be judged harshly on your physique.

      I say this because I have been watching the Miss Universe pageant all my life and those girls are serious competition. They take it extremely seriously, work-out every single day and only eat certain foods.

      We all know that WE Caribbean women are “big-boned” and heavy-set. Unfortunately, this is not the physique you will find at Miss Universe/World.

      My advise to the new Miss Cayman Islands would be to check that you will be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe pageant, once confirmed, work your a$$ off everyday and give it your best; that’s all any of us can ask or expect.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Anika is a beautiful intelligent lady who will represent our Island to the best of her ability. These hate comments are totally uncalled for. Clearly you people do not know your history. Let me point out a few things you DO NOT KNOW! Miss Canada competed in Miss Universe 2016 and placed top 10 and she was “full-figured”. Or what about Miss Jamaica who competed in Miss World 2015 and placed top 5, the 1st Jamaican to wear dreadlocks and beat out 99 other ladies. These are significant changes to pageantry that is defining the way forward that bigger can be better, that different is still beautiful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can she competed in Miss World? No… So what’s the point in having someone who can only half-way represent us?

    • Anonymous says:

      Miss Canada might have been full-figured as you say, but she was tight and toned… BIG difference.

    • Anonymous says:

      Age, is an issue. She is 27; look it up if you refuse to believe it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Let me point out some things you’re not aware of. These pageants objectify women and harm their perception of reality. It is not ok to encourage women or men that it is ok to be overweight as well.

      • Anonymous says:

        but shes not overweight. Your whole argument falls on her being overweight for the competition. But in regards to her body type she is not. So make up your mind. If pageants objectify and harm women’s perception of reality, yet youre championing the standard pageants use to objectify women, why then consider her thickness overweight when taken out of the pageant context? Science tells us there are multiple body types. Us caribbean ppl love our full bodied women and know them to be beautiful, says a lot about those hating, huh? 😉

  25. none of ya damn business says:

    yall bitches disgust me with these bullyig comments! go to hell haters anika you go girl , ive seen many older ladies in that competition so you fight for your right and do your thing!
    a very beautiful girl .. you got so many haters boo you will be famous very soon! make cayman proud

    • Anonymous says:

      Is not been a hater, I don’t have no need to hate on this woman, but it is what it is, she don’t have the body to compete on Miss Universe.

      • Stopping ingnoramce since 93 says:

        And who said that was the standard?

        • Anonymous says:

          Have you ever watched a Miss Universe competition? Not only are you ignorant, you’re blind as well.

          • Anonymous says:

            What about the miss Canada last year?? She was full figured and she made it quite far!! Be careful who you are calling ignorant because you sound like the ignorant one here!

            • Anonymous says:

              Ms. Canada was toned and had a great figure, BIG difference!! Go to Miss Universe page and look at the contestants. Ignorance is surely bliss.

      • Bria says:

        Well from your grammar you are obviously not a Caymanian. Second they did not plan to send anyone to Miss World this year so her age is not an issue. She is fine for Miss Universe and instead of being so negative maybe congratulate her and cheer her on or have nothing to say.

        • Anonymous says:

          Then what’s the bloody point then? It’s like hiring someone to do a job they are not qualified for, just for the sake of hiring. “they weren’t planning to send anyone to Miss World”, what a crock.of crap.

    • Anonymous says:

      When did pointing out the obvious become bullying?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Okay I’m going to go ahead and say it since no one else will: how come the white girl never wins, despite being objectively the most attractive (and every bit as Caymanians as the others) year after year?

    • Anonymous says:

      “The white girl” tanked her answer to the question, walked/modeled like a crazy person and was no more attractive than the winner.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is true.. That hair flip in her swimwear had me dying…she had no rhythm or flow..

        • Anonymous says:

          Who is bullying now? By the way, that white girl is a Caymanian.

          Or is she not Caymanian enough for you?

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree, the white girl was much more prettier and slimmer than Ms. Anika.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure what you’re implying… Racism only goes one way, remember! (sarcasm)

    • Mrs.Jordan says:

      Why didn’t you enter?

      • Anonymous says:

        Would it have mattered? We would still end up with the one who can’t represent us at Miss World. How is this being a Tourism Ambassador?

    • BLM says:

      How can you live on a CARIBBEAN island and still equate beauty to being white??? More than half of the the Caymanians population is MIXED. Yes the “white girl ” is Caymanian. Maybe she would have won if she answered her question properly without constant pausing and stumbling and knew more about CAYMAN politics and knew how to walk in her dress :).

      • Bria says:

        The “white girl” did not deserve it she didn’t answer her question and she cannot walk properly, she is not pageant material and when did she become a “caymanian?”

        • Anonymous says:

          Why don’t you ask your Miss Cayman committee? Obviously she must be a Caymanian if she was allowed to enter.

          Predjudice much?

    • Anonymous says:

      As a white Caymanian (I’m not from West Bay either) I fully support the lady who was chosen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because attraction is never objective dimwad. Go see the world

      • Anonymous says:

        Hmmm. Tell that to the Miss Universe judges.

        • Anonymous says:

          Hegemonic attraction and objective attraction are distinguishable. If ye only knew

          • Anonymous says:

            If ye only knew that Miss Universe is a Beauty Pageant. Hegemonic.

            • Anonymous says:

              Exactly! If ye only knew how to read it said Hegemonic attraction and objective attraction are DISTINGUISHABLE. OP said white girl was objectively more attractive. You’re judging from the hegemonic standards, take a seat and read a dictionary fam

              • Anonymous says:

                Beauty pageants are judged on Hegemonic Beauty, Objective beauty has no place in reference to what duties need to be performed by the winner of the Miss Cayman contest. Point invalid…. fam.

    • Anonymous says:

      You must not have been watching. Every other girl in that competition struggled with walk, posing, gown choice or question response, and “the white girl” struggled with all four.

      It is not just about who the majority thinks is prettiest (although I also have to back the choice made on that one), or whoever is “more Caymanian” (whatever that means in our melting pot society of today).

      The best representation for this country was chosen. She deserves our love and support – she is already going to receive flak and criticism from international sources, she should at least have her people behind her.

      • Anonymous says:

        Easily resolved with training. At least we would have been represented at Miss World.

        • Anonymous says:

          So… pick someone currently undeserving as our queen in hopes that she can be shined up in time, over someone who has worked hard enough to deserve it today?

          Your logic is faulty. This girl deserves our support. Get on board, sweetheart.

          • Anonymous says:

            How do you know nobody else worked hard????

            Ok then Ms. Cleo, can you also tell me the winning lottery numbers for the week?

            • Anonymous says:

              You’re reaching. The comment makes no reference to her working harder than the other girls, simply the opinion that on that day, she deserved the title most, all things considered.

              And in response to comments about representation at Miss World, if our Miss Cayman is unable/ineligible, the first runner up takes the spot. Caymanian representation will take place in international competitions. This is not however the only or the most important part of her job – she also has a number of local commitments, and those have no age limit. She should therefore not be penalized for her age.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thereally have white, black and every other color winner through the years. So what Caymanians come in every color stop trying to be negative,. Miss Cayman 2017 is a beautiful young lady.

    • Sir Mix A Lot says:

      Baby didn’t have back?

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow just wow. I really hope you’re not a close friend of the “white girl” who competed this year.. This comment speaks volumes. Anika was well rounded in all aspects of the competition. She deserved it and would have taken the crown even if she was not of color!

    • Anonymous says:

      The white girl was no prettier than Annika! She looked quite old and didn’t really answer her question.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Still waiting to see how the country plans to ’empower’ young men.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget Kenny Bryan represented Cayman on the world stage as Mr. Cayman. Wonder if thats on his resume again this time around.

  29. Standing ovation says:

    Anika is a beautiful lady both inside and out. She is cool calm and collected in most situations. She works with the youth and is behind development initiatives that encourage and develop Cayman future workers and leaders. Anika could easily win an international competition if she had the opportunity to represent Cayman because her views and attitude on topics come from her heart. She is an excellent role model.
    I wish Anika much success with this title, and all the best in her future aspirations. Next time we hear about Anika I hope it’s her running for education MLA role that will actually bring about much needed change and deliver.

  30. Caymanian says:

    Anika you take my breathe away. You are such a beautiful woman. Go show them the Cayman Islands is not only to the home to some of the world’s best and breathe taking beaches but people also. Go knock their socks off girl!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    She looks overweight for the Miss Universe competition.

    • Observer says:

      You is such an ass***e if you can’t say something constructive don’t say a f**k. Well done young lady and don’t let idiots like this one deter you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Good luck representing us at Miss World. Oh wait, she can’t enter the Miss World competition because she’s too old. Another Tourism opportunity lost for Cayman.

        • Anonymous says:

          You’re one salty mofo. All over CNS with the same comment “she’s too old, can’t represent us at Miss World”. Why didn’t you enter, win and show your young, slim, fit, sexy, beautiful face and brains??

          • Anonymous says:

            And you must be a teenager because you say “salty”. You should have asked her why she didn’t “tun up” as well but I guess that would have been “extra”.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not a little. Very much overweight. The judges in Cayman do not seem to care that while father face is beautiful the competition is an overall package which her body does not carry well.

      She is an intelligent and beautiful woman. Just not beauty queen standard on the international stage for her body.

      • Anonymous says:

        What are beauty queen standards? Please elaborate on this pompous comment.

        • Anonymous says:

          Because she has to compete and represent Cayman internationally.What the hell is wrong with unnah?

        • Anonymous says:

          Have a look at the competition.

        • Anonymous says:

          No elaboration? So I thought. Just another jealous ignorant person

        • Anonymous says:

          She has to be a certain age to enter at the international competitions. She is too old for Miss World. She had to have a toned body, which her dimples and saggy body does not show those. Weight correlates with health and being overweight shows that the beauty queen did not care to eat right and exercise.

          Her face is beautiful. Her intelligence shines through. But this is a beauty competition. Realistically, she won’t get anything internationally.

          Not one Caymanian beauty queen has ever placed. Why send someone who won’t even get tv coverage? At the very least the last beauty queen got tv coverage. She was gorgeous and intelligent and she had a toned body.

          As an average lady, she is fabulous. As a beauty queen, Cayman must have better individuals to represent the island.

          • Anonymous says:

            Agree with you 10000000%

          • Anonymous says:

            Incorrect – Monyque Brooks was not where she needed to be “body wise” before she left for international pageants – she worked hard to get where she was – JUST LIKE Anika – what got Monyque the crown was her stage presentation and her points – not her body.

      • Nope says:

        Maybe it’s time we realized beauty comes in many different sizes

      • SMHKMT says:

        She is NOT “very much overweight” and clearly you know nothing about the intense training and healthy eating regimen that young woman puts herself through. Anika is a tall woman with natural curves and she should not have to feel pressure by anonymous trolls like you when she is healthy and works hard to maintain her physical appearance.
        She is an advocate of young Caymanian empowerment, of civic responsibility, of wholesome values, and of community spirit and she always has been. Those are traits that are far more important to her as a role model for young Caymanians than her hip-to-waist ratio.
        And so what that she won’t be able to enter Miss World? In the history of the pageant, only 4 Miss Cayman Islands have won some sort of title in those international competitions and the only one to actually make it into the Top 15 did so in the 80s. If you think 2 seconds of airtime in the national costume segment is a serious tourism boost for our country then you need a serious dose of reality.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bullying has gone viral. Cyber bullying over the internet. People have been bullying over the internet on social media sites such as Facebook and even twitter and in the comments to an article such as this one.
      5.33am, do you need a hug? I assume the comment is from a pre-teen girl.

      • Anonymous says:

        When you enter a beauty pageant, be prepared for criticism.

        It is a fact that the women who enter the Miss Universe pageant are extremely beautiful and physically attractive; they look like perfect models.

        They work extremely hard for this physique, so don’t label people for trying to point the facts out to this young lady; she must know the amount of work that needs to be done to be seen as “competition”.

        • KB says:

          Well EJUT just recommend it !! I’m glad that there are some young people these days that ignore such stupid people hiding behind such ignorant and narrow minded comments..
          Clearly you don’t have kids and if you do May God Bless them because they will need it..
          Suggestion :
          “Annika your intelligence, contribution and beauty are highly admirable . Undoubtedly you are on your way to a bright future . Some very small suggestions that can easily be fixed with some good support , which I am sure you have:) Start eating and exercising and you will be ready for the Miss Universe (or any other pageant) before you know it. You are a smart girl and as a lady (which I’m assuming the writer is) I relate to this first hand but it is not a deterrent just another challenge in life that gets easier once you start. Most of all bring all that CONFIDENCE and you can be rest assured you will be unstoppable . BEST WISHES TO YOU , GO OUT THERE AND MAKE US PROUD-“ER” 😉 GOOD JOB YOUNG LADY!!”

          Your comment 1:17 may be realistic but it also shows lack of interest for this young lady who has just competed and won which obviously took determination , hard work and dedication something you probably will never know about. I doubt you will get my point And sadly don’t expect you to therefore no need to reply. Praying you don’t have kids of your own …good bye!

  32. Anonymous says:

    More money wasted instead of used on education and mental health. Priorities Cayman?

  33. Anonymous says:

    So we won’t be represented in the Miss World competition?? What an excellent choice to represent Cayman as a Tourism Ambassador. #SMDH

  34. Rob says:

    My brain got ahead of my eyes and I read ‘crowned by Monyque Brooks, the former world record holder.’ haha 🙂

  35. rollin says:

    Beautiful lady

  36. Anonymous says:

    Stand by for mean comments from unattractive/talentless feminists…

  37. Anonymous says:

    Another one that won’t place in international competition.

    • Anonymous says:

      Spot on. We all know there is some sort of “political” way the winners are chosen. What is not considered is the fact that it leaves the rest of Cayman in the dump, when it’s time for competition. I for one will not be cheering just because of blind patriotism.

      Why can’t we ever chose the ladies that will best represent us on the international stage? Are the judges even paying attention to the representatives of other countries, you know, the competition? For the people’s sake, get out of the box Cayman.

      • Anonymous says:

        What kind of lady do you see representing cayman. Please elaborate on this ignorant comment…

        • Anonymous says:

          One that can actually place in competition.

          • Bria says:

            So you people are worried about Cayman placing in a beauty competition more than the serious issues out there in the world about us that we should very striving to change.

            • Anonymous says:

              We are all referring to the Miss Cayman, Miss Universe, and Miss World competitions. I guess you must have missed that part.

  38. Robert says:

    Good for you young Lady , you are Beautiful And smart , God Bless on your journeys through life , stay humble and you will reach success,

  39. Anonymous says:

    What an excellent choice. Taking nothing away from Anika, i do think moving forward as a tourism ambassador we should not limit Miss Cayman’s exposure to the world, and our selection process should be one that allows our winner to compete, and showcase our islands on the entire world stage.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations. I do not doubt Anika’s attributes in anyway but as a country we have to move on from sexist and patronizing pageants. Let’s empower women and not belittle them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Err…they all chose to enter, you’re point is invalid.

    • Rob says:

      So, when a person is awarded a $70,000 educational scholarship, that is not empowerment? Give me a break.

      And no I don’t know the winner, nor did attend or watch the pageant. I don’t care about this stuff, but I had to correct you there.

  41. Suffra Gette says:

    How horrifyingly demeaning. A further 75 year setback for women around the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is it horrifying and demeaning? You couldnt qualify or what? She is smart and beautiful, what is wrong with having a little fun time for a year? You go girl!!

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