Mariah Tibbetts will represent Cayman at 2020 Miss Universe pageant
Mariah Tibbetts; Image Credit: Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee
After having to cancel the Miss Cayman Universe pageant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee was able to receive approval from the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) to send 2019 first runner-up, Mariah Tibbetts to represent Cayman at this year’s Miss Universe Pageant.
Tibbetts is a 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, Miss Teen Cayman Islands 1st runner up in 2011 and a Deloitte scholarship recipient in 2010.
The Committee has indicated that it was saddened by the decision to cancel the local pageant as it received five applications from eligible young ladies, one of whom would have become the next Miss Cayman Islands Universe. However, it was unable to host a live pageant due to COVID-19 regulations, further to the guidelines of the official Miss Universe which state that all participating countries must host a pageant before August 31 2020.
“The Pandemic has had a financial strain on our community and the Committee could not in good conscience approach sponsors when we’ve all experienced such a difficult time financially over the last few months,” said Committee Chairperson, Derri Dacres-Lee. “Neither could the Committee see how it was safe or economically feasible to host the local pageant which draws hundreds of people in an enclosed ballroom. Given this, the Committee believes that it’s best to postpone this year’s pageant.”
“The committee is delighted to have Mariah as our representative at the Miss Universe Pageant,” added Ms Dacres-Lee, “We wish her all the best as she embraces the new opportunity and look forward to working closely with her.”
The MUO has not yet confirmed a date for the 2020 pageant.