(CNS Local Life): In the preliminary rounds of the Miss Universe Pageant Thursday Miss Cayman Islands Caitlyn Tyson strutted her stuff on the stage in Bangkok, Thailand, as she vied with 93 other women for a place in Sunday’s finals. Tyson made her first appearance in the introduction in a red glittery pantsuit before hitting the stage in a bright yellow bikini. In the evening gown round she wore a shimmering, silver shift dress hoping to catch the judges’ eyes ahead of the weekend’s big event.
Earlier in the week Tyson took part in the National Costume competition wearing a dress created by Cayman-based designer Kenzie Rose, which was inspired by a lyric from the country’s national song: “O sea of palest em’rald, Merging to darkest blue”.
The crystal-encrusted gown also contained emblems made from plastic recycled in the Cayman Islands. But competition in the National Costume round was tough, with some of the contestants literally wearing performance art rather than a traditional costume.
Tyson was sandwiched between Miss Canada in a giant golden Maple Leaf, who is one of the contestants tipped as a potential winner, and Miss Chile in a fur-covered outfit inspire by an ancient indigenous tribe. However, another favourite is Angela Ponce (27), the current Miss Spain and the first transgender person to compete in the Miss Universe pageant after the ban on trans contestants was lifted six years ago.
The three-hour finals will be broadcast live on Sunday, when the reigning pageant queen, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa, will crown her successor.