I am extremely excited to be crowned with the title of Miss Teenage Toronto East 2017, on Sunday, January 22nd 2017.
Pageant Application Process:
I first came across a post for Miss Teenage Canada as a pop up on my Facebook timeline. I saw it and immediately posted it on my Facebook wall with the caption, “let’s see if I can tackle this one”, since I was known to have done many new things. Previous to this, I never knew about the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. I was instantly interested in applying because I loved beauty pageants but never had the opportunity of actually being in one.
Even though I posted it on my Facebook wall, I was somewhat not sure about going through with it. I clicked on the link in the post opening the Miss Teenage Canada website, I went through it and it looked really interesting but yet I was still unsure about doing it. Throughout the day, I kept going back to the post on my wall and viewing the website, then I decided to talk to my Aunt about it. As soon as I showed her the post, she told me to do it. She knew that I liked pageants because of my interest in TV Shows about pageants. She also looked over the website and we both watched a video that was posted from previous years, which made my interest peak even more.
Who knew, but that was the motivation and support I needed to go through with it. I realize that in everything I did, I went for it without hesitation. But this was huge, and it was important to have family supporting me in order to have a good experience, knowing that I wasn’t in this journey alone.
After applying I did an interview and a few days after I got an email saying, “Congratulations”. I had just left my dance class so sitting on the bench outside the room, I was going through my email and saw it. Since I had told some of my friends from dance class about applying, I ran around telling them that I got in. It was an amazing feeling to be apart of the pageant.
The Month of the Pageant (January 2017):
In the weeks leading up to the pageant I was really anxious and calm at the same time. I already had my evening wear dress, heels, swim wear heels and interview wear. I went and bought my cocktail dress and swim wear. I ended up buying two swim wear of the same style, different colours because I could not decide which I wanted. I figured the purple made me look royal and the blue was more on the cute side. I went on my Snapchat and uploaded separate pictures of me wearing both and asked my friends to vote, the end result was the majority choosing the purple. My Aunt, Cousin and I also decided on the purple so I went with it.
My Aunt sourced out a photographer and presented me with the challenge of putting together a proposal for sponsorship. She wanted this experience to be a learning lesson not just on beauty but on business and how they intertwine. She also wanted me to have the experience of owning my own dream. I rose to the challenge and was successful. I had a photo shoot coming up and I was really exited for that. It was my first professional photo shoot and I loved the idea of having my pictures taken professionally. My tablet and phone both were literally filled with thousands of pictures of me, I took selfies all the time. Thinking about it now, I think my love of taking pictures of myself was me finally coming to terms with my beauty. That was something that I struggled with for a long time. Growing up I was constantly told that I was not beautiful so I found it hard to believe when anyone told me that I am.
The photo shoot was a great experience. I was sponsored by Lawrence Kerr Photography and I was delighting to have all the attention and time dedicated to making it an enjoyable evening. My family came to the shoot and supported as usual. With the guidance of Lawrence, my cousins controlled the music and played my favourites, making it easy for me to take in the atmosphere and connect with the camera. It was a blast!
The first day of the pageant weekend was Saturday January 21st. This was the first time I got to meet the pageant director, Michelle Weswaldi, choreographer Hollywood, Pageant coach Shawn and other delegates. It was a full day, the other delegates and I had to learn several routines including the opening dance number as well as our evening and swim wear routines. We also had to learn other things like how to walk in a pageant, how to sit and we also practiced interview questions. Most of us wore our heels during the training and judging segments of that day, which took about 8 hours.
I was slightly overwhelmed that day, and found it hard keeping heels on for very long periods of time. At one point I wanted to back out and go home, I was having thoughts such as, “why did I apply” and “why am I even here”. I had felt really out of place at that moment. I realized that this was because I was not confident in the new things that I was doing. I had to take a moment to remind myself why I was there and that it was something that I wanted.
Other than training, we were judged on swim wear followed by interviews on the Saturday. I had a lot of confidence doing the swim wear routine. This was more relaxed because I had the chance to improvise my swim wear routine. I incorporate what I learned about walking, turns that we worked on that day and just had fun modelling in front of the judges.
Pageant day was on Sunday, January 22nd, and it was a very interesting day indeed. Nothing about that day was stressful for me. It was overall a trilling day and one of the most unique experience that I had. I have been on stage several times before for many different performance, so I was only slightly nervous. The pageant went by quickly and I enjoyed every moment of it.
When it was crowning I got somewhat nervous but I felt confident in my evening and all of the preparations and hard work that led up to this moment so the nerves went away quickly. I did not feel like I did my best but I felt like I did well enough to move on to the next round, where I feel determined to put my all in. I was contestant number 8, when I heard my name and number it was the best feeling ever! It was (and still is) an amazing accomplishment. At that moment, I felt like I am destined for even greater things.
I was born in the Caribbean Island known as St. Vincent and the Grenadines and moved to Canada in the year of 2012, when I was 14 years old. My talent in the areas of dance and writing comes from a natural love since I did not have access to professional clubs, studios or workshops at a young age. Other than those, I am involved in singing, acting, playing tennis, modelling, reading and cheerleading.
I have received many academic awards and from the Arts category for being successful in dance and performing. What I enjoy doing is to be apart of community events where I am able to specifically assist youths and young children. One of my favorite is the leading to read program for children at the Cedarbrae Library. It gives me the opportunity to work one and one with a child to improve his/her reading skills.
I will be posting more about myself in upcoming blogs. I hope that I gave you enough information about the experience I had. Leave comments and i’ll respond to your questions or acknowledge your words of encouragement regularly. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. If you want to, you can like and share my facebook page, and follow me on instagram and twitter.
Miss Teenage Toronto East 2017