Ever since I have been a little girl I have always dreamed of being in pageants. The whole idea of strutting across a stage dressed like a princess, all eyes on you, seemed like a fairytale to me. Little did I know, they are so much more. I feel that shows about pageants have influenced the minds of the public into believing that pageants are all about having a perfect façade, yet to truly excel in pageantry you must focus on the person that you are inside and out.
Dreaming as little girl of being in pageants and the act of actually applying to be in a pageant are two completely different tasks. The dreaming is easy, it’s everything that comes afterword that can be a challenge. This past year I had finally got up the courage to be in my first pageant yet I had no idea where to start. That is until I stumbled upon the Miss Teenage Canada pageant (www.missteenagecanada.com). Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) , formerly Miss Teen Canada – World (www.missteenagecanada.com) is the largest teen competition in Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/company-profile) , owned by MTC-W Inc. and is produced by Michelle Weswaldi (www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/meet-the-team) originating in 2008.
When I originally brought up the idea of competing for Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) my parents associated it with the former Miss Teen Canada pageant that was originally aired from 1969 to 1990 on CTV. For the first three years of production the pageant was known as Miss Teenage Canada and after changed to Miss Teen Canada. In 1990 the unfortunate arrival of financial concerns forced the national tradition to come to a halt.
I applied for Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com/become-mtcw/apply-now) because I saw their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MissTeenageCanada) and thought it would be the opportunity of a lifetime. There are numerous teen pageants out there yet I felt this pageant would be the best fit for me. The mission of the pageant is to allow young women the opportunity to “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” (the motto of the pageant). It is the only pageant to hold provincial competitions, meaning that delegates are not just selected through an application and interview, but through a preliminary provincial competition that accelerates the delegates to the national pageant. Each year the prizes for Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) are astounding, with over $25,000.00 in cash, prizes, and scholarships awarded last year alone! Each year approximately 70 young women from across Canada compete at the national pageant with the winner advancing to Miss Teen Universe. Delegates are provided with so many amazing opportunities during the week-long stay in Toronto for the national pageant as the media exposure is phenomenal. In previous years delegates have appeared on Much Music, Breakfast Television, and make numerous appearances around the Toronto area. Each year the judging panel is comprised of individuals from all aspects of the talent and healthy lifestyle industries and the hosts are always sure to please. This year it has been announced that Luke Bilyk (star of Degrassi… Eeek!, one of my all time favourite shows!)
Cynthia Loewen (pageant star herself, starting from the age of 16!). Both of these hosts are major role models and I cannot wait to have the opportunity to meet and speak with them. Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) does not only help to enrich the lives of the delegates who compete but also the lives of children in developing and poverty stricken countries through the organization Free The Children. All delegates must raise funds for the organization, with over $190,000.00 raised so far (Wow!) and at the end of the pageant the new Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) will go on a Me to We trip to Kenya along with the highest fundraiser as well.
From the moment I walked across the stage at provincials to be crowned my confidence level shot up! Being a titleholder comes with many responsibilities yet every step of the way is worth it. You feel as though you truly make a difference in the lives of others around you and I feel like a true role model for other young women. I love having the opportunity to speak in front of others and feel as though I am making a difference. For my platform I want to raise awareness of the importance of the 4-H Canada Association in our communities and as a member of my local 4-H society I am able to support an amazing cause that is near and dear to my heart. Through the pageant I have also had the chance to raise funds for Cardiac Kids and Free the Children, two organizations that do so much good for the individuals they help. These upcoming weeks are going to be life changing and I cannot wait to share all of my experiences!
Miss Teenage Essex County 2014