Kaiane Aldorino

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Kaiane Aldorino GMH
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss World at the Expo in Shanghai.jpg
Miss World 2009, Kaiane Aldorino at the Shanghai Expo, 10 August 2010
Born Kaiane Aldorino
(1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 28)
Gibraltar
Occupation Human resources clerk
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Gibraltar 2009
Miss World 2009
Major
competition(s)
Miss Gibraltar 2009
(Winner)
Miss World 2009
(Winner)
(Miss World Europe)
(Miss World Beach Beauty)

Kaiane Aldorino, GMH (born 8 July 1986) is a Gibraltarian beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Gibraltar 2009 and Miss World the same year in Johannesburg, South Africa.[1] She was the first Miss Gibraltar ever to reach the semifinals of the Miss World beauty pageant.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Aldorino was born in Gibraltar where she still resides. Prior to becoming Miss Gibraltar 2009, she had been working as a human resources clerk at St Bernard's Hospital in Gibraltar for five years.[3][4]

As with most Gibraltarians she is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.[5] She enjoys playing netball and training at the gym.[4]

She has been a dancer since the age of 14 with Urban Dance Group, and has experience performing locally and abroad. She has performed in Gibraltar and Spain, and has trained in Modern, Hiphop, Contemporary and Commercial styles[citation needed]. The highlight of her dancing career, and an experience she has mentioned for many Miss World interviews, has been when she participated at the 2008 International Dance Organisation World Showdance Championships, in Riesa, Germany, where she represented Gibraltar in the Formation category as part of the Gibraltar National Dance Team.[4] They obtained a 17th place, and made history by being the first time Gibraltar passed the first round, in the Formation category.[6]

Miss Gibraltar 2009[edit]

On 27 June 2009, Aldorino was crowned Miss Gibraltar 2009, succeeding Krystle Robba, during a beauty pageant held at the Alameda Open Air Theatre.[3]

Miss World 2009[edit]

Main article: Miss World 2009
Miss World 2009 during her homecoming celebrations in Gibraltar, 17 December 2009.

Aldorino made history on the 12 December 2009 by becoming the first ever Miss Gibraltar to be crowned Miss World.[1] She was also the first Gibraltarian contestant to have reached the beauty pageant's semifinals after receiving the title of Miss World Beach Beauty.[7]

Shortly after Aldorino was crowned by her predecessor, Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia, Gibraltar burst into celebration as many Gibraltarians took to the streets. The masses waved the Flag of Gibraltar and chanted in jubilation as cars hooted their horns and fireworks were set off.[8] Chief Minister of Gibraltar Peter Caruana hailed her win as a "wonderful achievement for her and for Gibraltar" and promised a "homecoming fit for a queen".[7]

During her reign, Aldorino traveled to United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Japan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Canada, United States, Spain, Germany, Korea, Italy, Indonesia, South Africa, Ireland, and China.

Homecoming[edit]

On 15 December 2009, the Government of Gibraltar announced Kaiane would be flown into Gibraltar from London on a private jet the following afternoon.[9] On 16 December 2009, the Government issued a press release in which it detailed the events that would take place upon Kaiane's arrival. These included a public greeting at Gibraltar Airport a parade through Main Street, where Kaiane would ride in the same open-top car as Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles during their honeymoon visit to Gibraltar.[10] On 17 December 2009 Gibraltar came to a standstill as she paraded down Main Street preceded by the band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and then appeared at the City Hall balcony. This was followed by a press conference and reception at the Rock Hotel. The celebrations culminated with a fireworks display from Gibraltar Harbour.[11] The government also requested all businesses in Gibraltar who were reasonably able to do so to close between 4pm and 6pm on this day to allow their staff to take part in the welcoming celebrations.[11]

Awards[edit]

Aldorino on accepting the Freedom of the City

On 7 July 2011, Aldorino was the invested with both the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour by a unanimous vote in the Gibraltar Parliament. The motion which was tabled by Chief Minister of Gibraltar Peter Caruana recognised her:

extraordinary personal achievement in becoming Miss World 2009 and … the enormous pride and global recognition that her achievement has represented for Gibraltar as a whole.

Aldorino became the first woman to receive the Freedom of the City in Gibraltar.[12]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Russia Ksenia Sukhinova
Miss World
2009
Succeeded by
United States Alexandria Mills
Preceded by
Russia Ksenia Sukhinova
Miss World Europe
2009
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Emma Britt Waldron
Preceded by
Mexico Anagabriela Espinoza
Miss World Beach Beauty
2009
Succeeded by
Puerto Rico Yara Lasanta
Preceded by
Krystle Robba
Miss Gibraltar
2009
Succeeded by
Larissa Dalli