(CMR) Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2021 is preparing to leave for the 70th Miss Universe Pageant to be held in Eilat, Israel on 12 December. Georgina Kerford will depart Cayman on Wednesday, 24 November for Israel and has been busy with training and other preparations for the pageant.
Kerford was crowned the new Miss Cayman Islands Universe on September 18 at the Westin Resort in Grand Cayman. She also won prizes for ‘Miss Photogenic’, ‘Best Legs’ and ‘Best in Gown’, tying with Aliyah Harrison in the latter two categories.
Miss Cayman committee members Lovenia Ebanks will be escorting Kerford and Derri Dacres and Donna Bush said to be attending the pageant as well.
On Wednesday the Miss Universe Organization, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the city of Eilat today announced that the 70th MISS UNIVERSE® competition will air live from Eilat, Israel on December 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST. Israeli singer and international star, Noa Kirel, will perform at the competition.
“I’m so excited and honored to be performing at Miss Universe,” said Kirel. “By believing in themselves and fearlessly chasing their dreams, these women from around the world live and breathe the values of the Miss Universe Organization, and I can’t wait to share this celebratory moment with all of them on this incredible global stage.”
This year’s competition will also feature two other contestants from the region: Miss Universe United Arab Emirates and Miss Universe Morocco. This will mark the first time that a delegate from the United Arab Emirates has competed in the competition. Additionally, Miss Universe Morocco returns to the competition for the first time in over four decades.
“Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic placed in our path, we knew how to maintain the balance between health and the economy, to bring tourism back to Israel,” said Israeli Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov. “We needed to create tourism anchors that will promote and present Israel to the world as a vaccination nation that invites tourists to visit. The Miss Universe pageant is, without doubt, an important and significant anchor of this plan.”
The organization also unveiled details for the competition’s venue, a state-of-the-art, bespoke arena. The custom “Universe Arena,” which was imported from Portugal, rises to a height of 16.5 meters and has the capacity to hold over 70 tons of equipment. The building is treated to accommodate television filming and contains a stage and approximately 5,000 seats.
Senior members of the Miss Universe Organization were in Israel throughout October to tour the country and attend planning meetings. They met with Mayor of Eilat, Eli Lankri, and closely supervised the infrastructure and construction work of the Miss Universe complex.
The contestants will arrive in Israel ahead of the competition to explore all the host country has to offer, beginning in Jerusalem and ending their trip in Eilat, where the competition will take place.
The competition, in addition to celebrating the past 70 years of championing strong women and their platforms, will also shine a spotlight on the issue of global warming as part of a green agenda that corresponds with the values of the host country. Using the Miss Universe platform, the December 12th production will highlight both the bold contestants of the past and the social and global issues they faced in their time, and the fact that climate change is on the world agenda for the next generation of women. The broadcast will aim to raise awareness amongst the hundreds of millions of spectators, with the hopes of inspiring action in the contestants’ community.