Carnival Cruise Line’s president Christine Duffy awarded the Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez with the “Spirit of Carnival” award and made her the godmother of the cruise line’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, during the Miss Universe pageant.
Jiménez was awarded the role of godmother as well as the award for embodying the company’s values of fun, friendship, diversity and inclusion. Her story is one of resilience and hope. Raised in the Dominican Republic, her family was left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Jiménez has worked with at-risk youth, volunteering at Los Niños de Cristo orphanage, which serves abused and abandoned girls. She is also a founding member of the Dominican Republic Women’s Club, which provides services to impoverished women with breast cancer.
Jiménez will attend the christening ceremony for Carnival’s newest ship and will be on board for its first sailing from Cape Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas and Caribbean, along with Miss Universe 2021, Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
“Kimberly is a role model for female empowerment and has a passion for so many worthwhile causes, particularly those that assist women, children and families. It is such an honour to present Kimberly with the ‘Spirit of Carnival’ award and an even bigger thrill to announce that she’s going to be the godmother of our newest ship, Mardi Gras,” said Duffy.
“Kimberly joins a group of esteemed women who have served in this time-honoured role for Carnival.”
Duffy served on the selection committee for the Miss Universe competition, one of eight all-female members.