After competing in the provincial pageant of my area, Miss North Ontario Regional Canada pageant and being selected as one of the 7 girls chosen to compete in Miss Teenage Canada, I immediately confirmed my position. I did my research from the Miss Teenage Canada Facebook page, and knew that the professionalism and quality of this pageant was not like the rest. With so many marvelous prizes and opportunities, I couldn’t turn down a chance of a lifetime.
The title of Miss Teenage Canada has come and gone since 1969. Our parents may refer to this pageant as the original Miss Canada, under the sponsorship of CTV. As the pageant world flourished, many people attempted to recreate this legendary pageant title. Although in 2008, the largest and greatest teen beauty pageant was produced by Michelle Weswaldi, (Learn more about Michelle here) and owned by MTC-W.
Not only is Miss Teenage Canada the largest pageant I have ever entered, but also it is currently largest pageant in Canada! The most exciting part about participating in this pageant is that out of all the incredible delegates, few select girls are chosen to represent their own country at national/international pageants such as Miss Teen Universe or Miss Teen International! By holding regional pageants across Canada, MTC-W Inc. is able to bring extra attention, and media to the pageant industry, compared to other pageants. Not to mention the wonderful panel of celebrity judges and hosts that Michelle Weswaldi brings to us such as the Degrassi actor/heartthrob Luke Bilyk and Sara Fisher, celebrity weight-loss and lifestyle coach Belinda Kirikaou, and former Miss Universe Canada Chelsae Durocher, what’s not to love? With so many delegates from across the country, I hope to become the first from my province, Ontario, to obtain the title of Miss Teenage Canada 2014!
At a young age, I have always been the ‘different’ girl in school, with little or no friends. Dealing with bullies through my entire elementary school years, pageants have helped me to mature into the confident young women I am today. Simply being onstage under those vivid lights gives me so much self-assurance and makes me feel like I can conquer the world! Although, finals night is not the only time when I gain confidence, but the preparation and events I have experienced helped me to become a more sociable person. I am frequently speaking in front of my school at pep rally’s, and events, meeting new people and sharing my story to inspire youthful women in my community. I believe pageants have given me the strength to speak out and help in any way to positively impact our world. Hosting events to raise awareness for charities such as Free the Children makes me feel empowered.
I believe in Miss Teenage Canada since they are committed to giving back and raising awareness. In affiliation with Free the Children charity, delegates fundraise across Canada and bring attention to FTC charity to educate children around the world. ME-to-WE is an event held by Free the Children, and this gives people the opportunity to positively impact the world. Citizens gather and partake in volunteer trips and leadership training programs and it makes me especially proud to say that the Miss Teenage Canada pageant has raised over $190,000.00 for this amazing organization.
With the title Miss Teenage Canada 2014, I would continue to positively impact the world, particularly how society sees the pageant industry. Many people are skeptical on the idea of beauty pageants, but by showing the public what we are really made of through our charity work, volunteer efforts, and community involvement, we can educate expand the group of supporters in the pageant industry. With my outgoing personality and experiences with pageants, I can encourage young women like myself to find inspiration in the little things and live your life!