Lindsay Japal takes Miss Cayman Islands crown

| 23/09/2011

(CNS):  Updated — UCCI student Lindsay Japal, 23, from George Town has been crowned Miss Cayman Islands 2011. Lindsay, who was sponsored by First Insurance Company, was crowned at the Lions Centre on Saturday night by Cristin Alexander, Miss Cayman 2010, after wowing the judges to get the title for Best Smile and the Best In Gown as well as the title. First runner up was Janelle Muttoo, also from George Town, followed by North Side’s Crystal Tomlinson, who came in third. Aside from winning an array of prizes, including a car and a scholarship, Japal will also represent the islands in the Miss World pageant later this year and Miss Universe next year.

The new Miss Cayman Islands has only six weeks to go before she will be in London for the 2011 Miss World Contest which takes place on 6 November, where Lindsay will be up against 109 girls from around the world, all vying to take the crown from the current Miss USA (Alexandria Mills).

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  1. rishana christian says:

    im happy that she won it but when is there going to be a black caymanin native dat will take the crown


  2. Anonymous says:


    I am confused. the date and time posting of this article is for Friday at 6:23pm. wasnt the pageant on Saturday?

    CNS: Note the word "updated". 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well, since some of you have a problem with who is 100% Caymanian and who should win, let us now look at the entertainers.  That little girl that sang she really rocked the place. What a voice! And congrats to all the girls. They are all winners and  WELL Done Miss Japal!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please note to all who have commented questioning Lindsay Japal's nationality that she is of Caymanian heritiage through her grandparents (on her mother's side) and plus five previous generations who are from the Arch, Henderson, Ebanks' and Henning families to name a few and was born, raised and educated in the Cayman Islands school system. 

    Please only leave positive remarks on this blog which encourages all young people not only Lindsay to seek their dreams and reach for the stars. 

    My congratulations to all the contestants of the 2011 pageant as they did an awesome job.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Well Jadine you  have done. What thousands of young Caymanians wish they had the courage to do,or afraid to try.You have met and conquered many challenges to achieved your goal. You have successfully completed your mission.You did not win, but you saw it through to the end and you never gave up. Therewere times that you wanted to give up i know, but after much banging of heads and throwing of cell phones against wall you experienced the glitz and glamour of what it is like to be on that stage and be a beauty queen. Your are my Miss Cayman 2011 and i love you very much.

    Linsay congrats and go girl…enjoy the ride you did shine on saturday night literally lovely dress.



  6. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Lindsay.

    By far the best choice and Cayman will now have the best chance ever to win Miss World or Miss Universe for the first time in our history.

    • I dont care says:

      I dont care what unneh say, my girl Janelle had the best figure and is beautiful inside and out. That girl is "FFFFIINNNNEEEEE"

      But congrats to all of the women, they should be proud of their efforts. Cayman still has the most beautiful women. 

  7. Mia says:

    Lindsay is a beautiful, intelligent and poised young lady, who I believe deserved to win the title. Congrats to her!

    As far as her nationality or ethic makeup goes, if the fact that both of her parents are not Caymanian was an issue, why was she allowed to compete? This nonsense seems to be an issue every year and its pure ignorance if you ask me. How is anyone 100% Caymanian when a significant number of your population has married an expat?

    If you only want full Caymanians to win the title I hope everyone will be happy with the 2 or 3 viable contestants that enter next year!

    • Anonymous says:

      Lindsay's Mom is a Caymanian and her Father is from Grenada. Lindsay was here in Cayman at George Town Hospital and was raised in Spots Newlands! She attended Savannah Primary, George Hicks Middle School and John Gray High School.

      May I add that NONE of the contestants had both born Caymanian Parents also.  

      Lindsay Congradulations! I cannot think of anyone more humble and deserving than you. You did amazing and I proud of you! You did amazing threw out the whole night and NAILED your question! So much so you had the crowd chanting your name! 

      Congrats again I do not let any of this phase you in anyway, this is something that every Miss Cayman has had to go through.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to Lindsey, Janelle & Crystal – who won fair and square, though I still do feel that Jessica should have won something as well – she rocked!! It was a very tough competition this year with excellent examples of CAYMANIAN brains and beauty! : )




  9. Anonymous says:

    each of the girls did great! I did not attend the show because i rather watch men than women but to get up their in from of hundreds of people and to show case yourself that takes guts!! they should be proud of that!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well done, Lindsay. You are a beautiful young woman. I know you will do your best to represent Cayman.

  11. Believe it or not says:

    Believe it or not I would not want to put my dog in a show here because you people just cannot like anybody.  What an angry set of people.  With no embarassment at all to write such stupidness. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    The entire concept of "Caymanian" is an interesting one and unfortunately this is not the best forumbecause we should be wishing Lindsay congrats and best wishes in both upcoming pageants, namely Miss World and Miss Universe.

    However we do need a discussion on the topic. There are soooo many definitions of Caymanian that it is actually quite shocking for such a small population. I always think this leads to that lack of true patriotism that's painfully obvious at sporting competitions, cultural events and political events, just in general the support always tends to be lukewarm at best and instead of supporting our athletes or musicians etc we tend to focus more on tearing down the competition who tends to be more united or worse winning.

    For a such a small population I never understood the rabid fascination with the distinction of "paper" Caymanian. I find that to be such a despicable and divisive phrase. Yes and for all those that are obsessed and who would automatically dismiss what I have to say base on my "status" I am a born Caymanian. The Caymanians that I aware of :

    Born here with several generations on both sides

    Born here with no generations on either side (born here before the law was passed so they are full Caymanians and do not require status)

    Born here with no generations on either side (born here after the law was passed so they are "paper" Caymanians)

    Not born here with several generations on both sides however based on date of birth usually require status so hence they are officially "paper" caymanians

    Then it gets complicated with one parent being Caymanian because the law changed so much depending on whether it was your father or mother but for the most part this set would also be considered "paper" Caymanians

    I have friends in all the above categories so that's what I am accustomed to if I missed other categories please include it because it is quite interesting. However by far the majority of my friends are in the generational Caymanians who were born elsewhere category. So when people call the talk shows and write on the blogs about Caymanians and spew their hate exactly which category of "Caymanian" are they referring to????

    It would be quite interesting if FACTS were actually available of the 55,000 how many "real" Caymanians would fit into the first category????



  13. Anonymous says:

    I am a born Caymanian and my daughters father is a born Caymanian however she was born abroad – are you saying you support her and others not being able to enter the Ms. Cayman competition.

    • Anonymous says:

      I most certainly did not say that at all. Obviously she IS Caymanian by virtue of both her parents being born Caymanians.

  14. Anonymous_a_woa says:

    OK so let me get this straight….. So after all the terrible thing that have happened recently, a bunch of people get worked up over something that does good for the youth? Isn't it better to see young Caymanians making well of themselves than being put in jail or dead? All these ladies are fantastic and should all be greatly commended for their participation.  I had a great time at the pageant last night and will be back to support in the coming years. Congrats Lindsay! 🙂

  15. Anonymous says:

    #1 Japal #2 Muttoo #3 Tomlinson. The new Cayman……… although Ezzard would hate to admit it. These are not traditional "born Caymanian" Caymanian names. But they are Caymanians and congratulations to them. Poor old Debbie Cridland many years ago got her car scratched up and was nastily cussed off by a group of rabid "real" Caymanians because she wasn't  a real Caymanian. A Paper Caymanian of Jamaican extraction! One of the leaders of the group attacking Cridland was a Caymanian schoolteacher (no joking-she was proud of it at the time) now in a senior position. Ironically, although this teacher's mother was a born Caymanian, her father is Jamaican. Ah so it go.

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember that too. It was a big fuss at the time. I think we have improved since then in our attitudes. Well done ladies! BTW, Tomlinson is a Caymanian name although this beautiful young lady's name comes from her American father.

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually Tomlinson is an Anglo-Saxon name (English), along with Hydes, Ebanks, Bush and Farrington. Bodden is originally Celtic (mainly Scottish in this case) and Hews or Hew is Welsh.

        If people are going to get technical – you may as well do it properly!


    • Anonymous says:

      Lindsay,(and all the rest of these young ladies) is beautiful and Cayman should be proud of them. It is not clear whether Debbie Cridland was physically born in Cayman and I personally do believe this should be the main qualification to contest for the title.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well that wouldnt work plenty of them not born here. Plenty born here are not Caymanian either – shows how much you know about what it takes to be Caymanian

        • Anonymous says:

          Since you apparently know it all, would you care to enlighten us in regards to what it takes to be Caymanian. I have serious doubts that the powers that be would necessarily agree with you.

      • Jackson5 says:

        A Caymanian is a Caymanian full stop! I am sick of people trying to differianteon color, birth place ,lenght of time here, etc, etc – it is sickening and shameful!!! 

        • Anonymous says:

          We're waiting on you to tell us what is a Caymanianian is a Caymanian…

    • Anonymous says:

      In case you dont know it both Japal and Tomlinson are CAYMANIAN – both of them have Caymanian mothers so who cares what their last name is. As a matter of fact who cares how they "became" Caymanian they are Caymanian and Congratulations to all

      • Baaaa says:

        Muttoo is CAYMANIAN as well – just because her parents became Caymanian by grant of status – doesn't mean she is less Caymanian than Tomlinson or Japal, who have Caymanian mothers.  Whether by status or by right – if we are Caymanian, we are Caymanian.  Sigh.  It is OK to be Caymanian and to be othe nationalities.  Congrats to Miss Cayma and the runners-up!

  16. Concerned says:

    I knew it, how could she not win, absolutely the best contestant!

  17. Deirdre says:

    Congrats to Lindsay on a fabulous win. 

  18. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Lindsay!!!


  19. Anonymous says:

    Miss Cayman is a joke! It's almost as important on this island, as being crowned Pirates week queen duh. Ahhhhhhhh to be back in the 70's/'80's, now that's when it was fun and real!

    "My Caymanian girl"…..CLASSIC!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Any yet many countries from around the world have similar pageants.  Did the current Miss Cayman not just get back from the Miss Universe pageant featuring young women from around the world?  You might need to find more "evidence" of Cayman's backwards society there, Patty.

    • I Want World Peace says:

      Most of the rest of the world sees these things as a embarrassing outdated joke.  Cayman has 20 events in the run up to the "big event". 

      Saying that if more evidence is needed for the "backwards" point, trying striking up a discussion about recent developments in evolutionary studies.  You get some cracking responses.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ha.  Go to the US these days and try having an intelligent discussion on any scientific topic. Poor backwards US.

        • Loopy Lou says:

          Cayman unfortunately takes too much guidance on such things from fly-over state fundamentalist.

        • Just Commentin' says:

          Gee. Since when is the USA a shining example to be used as a yardstick for anything except greed, waste, and stupidity?

  21. Patricia X says:

    When I explain to people how culturally and socially stuck in time Cayman is, the ridiculous obsession with Miss Cayman is always a helpful example to support my point.

    • Anonymous says:

      Everywhere has its downside-perhaps you should leave the Cayman Islands-there must be some good about it that you even know how 'stuck' we are.  And by the way, the Lions Centre was packed last night.  People dressed up, young and old, giving a much needed break from the concerns of crime and hardship these days.  I am sure that local businesses such as salons, clothing and shoe stores, cosmetics etc were very happy to receive a little boost from many people buying new items to wear to last night's function. 

      It was a great show and the committee is to be commended.  Sorry these pageants aren't your cup of tea-but then again perhaps your cup of tea is what everyone else would not enjoy either.

      Congratulations to an awesome Caymanian woman-Lindsay Japal!!


    • Anonymous says:

      Patricia X , feel free to go and live in a more socially and culturally advanced country…..

      • Patricia X says:

        As I have always made clear, that is my 100% intention – once I have coined n enough easy cash from my time here.

        • Anonymous says:

          Awesome post again, Patty. God be with you when you leave and may His riches be added to  the easy money you have coined here. Bless.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nice wind-up post, Pat. Well up-er-down to your usual standard.

  22. Anonymous says:

    So CBS is this your winner why not have a group shot rather than one pic very distasteful to other 9 ladies going for title!!!!

    • Concerned Caymanian says:

      Although she did just win!!  Perhaps CNS has a crystal ball.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I hope they ask these ladies about crime as one of the questions. Obviously to find out what their solution would be. Any ideas are good ideas given the state of affairs.

  24. Jimmy5Patties says:

    This type of meat market should be consigned to the dustbin of history.  Government should take the lead by removing its sponsorship/endorsement of the event

  25. Anonymous says:

    not good to have a poll. judges will lean to public opinion  and public only sees a face. leads to wrong choice.

  26. peter milburn says:

    Good luck to all the Miss Cayman contestants tonite.Nomatter what you are ALL winners.

  27. Anonymous says:

    wheres the bikini pics?????…..remember, less is more…….

  28. Whodatis says:

    Actually, Jadine is quite impressive as well.

    Personally, I have been bypassing her until now and I am not sure why – I think her profile photo does not do her justice at all. Imagine that! Looks do seem to matter in a beauty contest after all … yet another example of why I am not sold on these competitions.

    By the way, I am not saying that she doesn't have the looks – she most definitely does – it is just a bad intro photo. (Plus I get the impression that she may be a naturally shy individual. Not to worry my dear – to find a young, beautiful and intelligent woman today that is not tainted by the repelling quality of arrogance is a much appreciated rarity!)

    Good luck to all.

  29. Whodatis says:

    As expected, another "beauty pageant" has brought out the ugly in our people.

    Some of you truly ought to be ashamed of yourselves for the comments posted on the online voting webpage!

    I am not a big fan of these things however, I try to respect the act of young people placing themselves in vulnerable positions with the aim of an ultimate achievement. We should not be making personal (anonymous) attacks against these young women.

    Word of caution to the organizers – that particular voting portal is quite flawed.

    I was able to vote multiple times for my favorite – and the website crashed my browser every time!

    My top 3 to win are Alyssa, Janelle and Lindsay as they strike me as the most likely to engage in a stimulating conversation.

    Good luck to all though – it looks like it will be a tough decision for the judges.

  30. anon says:

    What a selfish comment. I bet you are an old and ugly person. Leave the young ladies alone and try to be happy for them.

  31. kirkey says:

    I am likes thiese type of contest. These girl don have anything be ashamed of they is nice girl. How this does demean them girl? They is pretty an smart too.

  32. Suffragatte Ebanks says:

    A beauty pagent, in this day and age? How demeaning. These young ladies should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Why are you so envious?  Are you ugly, or pretty?  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  They are all beautiful girls and I wish each and every one of them the best, although there will be only one Miss Cayman, they will all be winners. 

    • Anonymous says:

      You should go to get some self esteem.WHATEVER!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Must not be a beauty yourself, eh.

      • Oops there it is . . . says:

        The predicate of your post has no logical force whatsoever.

    • tweetypie says:

      Actually if you took the time to educate yourself on the pageant, you would know that it is not just beauty, and in prepartion for tonight's events they have actually been asked A LOT of questions concering our economy, our government and recent crime among other things.

      Beauty is a big part of these competitions, but when competing on an internationally level and when helping out with the development of our community, beauty takes a backseat.

    • Anonymous says:

      If they want to compete in this nonsense that's up to them, I have no objection. What I object to vehemently is the use of public funds on this. Anyone who honestly believes competing in these is some sort of advertisement for the Cayman Islands needs their head examining.

      • Anonymous says:

        Get YOUR head examined! The first time I saw anything on TV about the Cayman Islands was seeing Miss Cayman in the Miss World competition in 1977! A great advertisement that, literally, millions of people see.

        • Oops there it is . . says:

          What advertisement? There are 109 countries in this joke competition so the advertising value is zero.

          • Anonymous says:

            Even if you think you know that there were 109 contestants (you were wrong, there were 89), you have paid attention to the competition, that is what advertising is about, getting attention.