Ali-Mai is confident, charitable and a committed individual who is known to gracefully uplift others with words of encouragement and is full of gratitude. Her excellent communication & leadership skills lead her to be recruited as a young Ambassador for ‘The Princes Trust’ and 'Youth Employment UK'. She has received award recognition for her strengths in communication & leadership, from 'The Royal Bank of Scotland' and 'Team London". From this, she was then honoured to be an Ambassador for the Mayor of London speaking at important events and representing as a positive role model. She has successfully fundraised for ‘Big Red Nose Day’, ‘The Orange Rock Corpse’ and other community incentives. In July 2023, she had fundraised and supported ‘Teen Cancer UK’ in a marathon in London and also helped to fundraise for ‘Brixton Immortals Dominoes Club’ on 22nd June 2023 at Windrush 75 commemorations in Brixton. She is extremely honoured to be a finalist in Miss Caribbean UK, the same year of the national commemorations of Windrush 75 because she strongly believes with gratitude that, “without those who stood before her, she wouldn't be who she is today”. Ali-Mai’s chosen charity to fundraise for is the 'National Autistic Society', because she wants to use her platform to educate, empower & encourage others to contribute towards a world more inclusive to those with physical/learning disabilities. She acknowledges that there is a lack of accessibility and support amongst the black autistic community to be able to get the support they need due to funding. In aid of this, she has inspiringly completed her Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in Autism Awareness. As someone who is known to be the glue between bringing people together, she wishes to set up her own creative hub for those with autism both in the UK and Saint Lucia that contributes towards shaping future leaders from disadvantaged backgrounds. She firmly stands by her belief that, "No one should be left out because they are different". She currently volunteers as an online tutor for secondary school students and leads motivational workshops in schools, other establishments in the UK and online. Ali-Mai speaks 3 Languages (English, Spanish & French Creole) and is currently learning BSL (British Sign Language) so that she can use her platform to inspire a global audience without language being a barrier. Her talent in public speaking, leadership and spoken word was also recognized by music artist & activist ‘Akala’ and she was thereafter recruited as a member of his spoken word collective: Hip Hop Shakespeare. She spends her spare time reading Caribbean poetry from the likes of Saint Lucian Poet ‘Derek Walcott’ and is currently completing her own poetry anthology. In addition, she runs creative industry events that support the black community which has definitely taught her how to work extremely well under pressure, keeps a positive attitude and face every problem with a solution ("like a true Saint Lucian", she wittingly adds). Ali-Mai has been a finalist in two beauty pageants and her love for pageantry only continued to grow along with yearning to step further out of her comfort zone and embrace new challenges. She is deeply inspired to fly Saint Lucia's flag high and bring more awareness to the beauty of her tropical island and one day be an Ambassador for her country and drive towards positive change. This is her drive behind immersing into the world of pageantry and being able to contribute to leaving a lasting impression on both young and old to be proud of the impact the Caribbean Diaspora has had on the UK culture and all that it comes with. Her favourite instruments to play are both the steel pans & the African drum, which she finds both culturally liberating and helps connect the islands even closer. She embraces her love and pride for her island through her undeniable love of carnival, with Soca and calypso being her favourite music genres that she loves to choreograph for. In addition, she enjoys participating and performing at carnival band launches in vibrant carnival costumes celebrating the true meaning of carnival. She shares excitingly, "I love the UK Soca scene because there is no division, just congregation, commemoration and celebration of one big family”. She states that her journey as a young woman in pageantry has taught her to: Embrace her natural hair, own her feminine flair and stand for what she cares!
"The People's Champion" award is sponsored by:
To vote Ali Mai as your favourite Miss Caribbean UK 2023
The Finalists with the most public votes will be presented with the “The People’s Champion” crown and sash and a gift basket filled with Design Essentials products will be presented during the Grand Final.
MCUK 2023 Photoshoot
Sunday 2nd July 2023