Anika is the current Miss Cayman Islands 2017. This 27-year-old queen is an aspiring singer, youth leader and talent acquisition specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Globalization and a Certification in Human Resource Studies. She is currently employed as a talent Acquisition Specialist. She loves helping her students develop their professional skills. She partners them with public schools and a program called Passport2Success which then teaches them interview skills. Some of her hobbies include traveling, volunteering and singing! She wants to inspire the people of her country. She hopes to help everyone to strive for excellence in everything that they do and hopes that they make a vow to never stop learning. Anika will represent the Cayman Islands at Miss Universe 2017!
Just a few weeks ago, Anika Conolly was named as the 2017 Miss Cayman Islands. She will go on to represent Cayman Islands at the Miss Universe pageant this year.
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About the Miss Cayman Islands 2017 Pageant
During the final show, the outgoing Miss Cayman Islands spoke about the sisterhood of the women who have held the title. The Miss Cayman Islands Committee Chairwoman spoke highly of the organization and the confidence and skill-building it promotes in its participants.
All of the contestants competed splendidly in all categories. During one of the competitions, the contestants were asked hard questions on stage, including questions about the Cayman Islands upcoming election. After Anika Conolly's eloquent answer, the crowd roared with applause. (Read: 3 Simple Tricks to Mastering Your Onstage Question
All proceeds from the night's competition went to benefit the MS Foundation of the Cayman Island, an organization founded by a former Miss Cayman Islands titleholder.
About Anika Conolly
Conolly was crowned Miss Cayman Islands on March 25, 2017, and won the opportunity to represent her country at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. She said this experience is one she's been dreaming of since she was a little girl.
This 27-year-old finally achieved her goal after placing higher than four other contestants to capture the crown. Along with the crown, Conolly won $70,000 in scholarships that can be used anywhere in the world. You could say this was a dream come true at first.
In the recent weeks, however, Conolly has started to face criticism for her age and her weight. After being notified that she was too old to compete for Miss World, anonymous comments about her age and weight began appearing online. Some anonymous commenters even went as far as claiming that she should not have won.
Conolly graciously said this industry is known for harsh criticisms but in concern to worrying about your body, the focus should be on your health, not your image. This new national titleholder has fought through the negative feedback by continuing to love herself and focusing on the positive comments she's been getting. (Read: How to Avoid Pageant Bullying Online
Although this pageant queen is taking a light-hearted approach to the situation, this is certainly not a joking matter. Always be sure you're treating everyone with the utmost kindness, even when behind a keyboard. And remember to always act like queens and kings you are!