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I cannot believe it’s time to pass on the crown to the next titleholders of Saskatchewan. I haven been so busy with school that I haven’t updated the blog in so long. Senior year! It seems that 2017 will be the year of goodbyes, saying goodbye to the routines that I’ve been accustomed to since a young age. Time is going by so fast, I can barely believe that my calendar tells me it’s April and that there are only two months left until graduation. I’ve come to say goodbye to my last year of playing on a high school team, soon dance, and now to Miss Teenage Western Saskatchewan 2016. It was
a bittersweet feeling as my reign came to a close, it’s not the end, rather the beginning. I am so glad that I got to participate in something as special as Miss Teenage Canada. I’ve realized it’s not about how prestigious your title is, but what you make of it. I am still so grateful for the support I received in my community and the events I was able to attend. The girls I met at both the regional and national pageant will always be my friends, or at least acquainted with me. Tonight was very special, all eight of the Miss
Teenage Saskatchewan girls were crowned, and so were the four Miss World contestants. Nobody was left out, and they have all been the given the chance to go to Nationals! Saskatchewan titleholders, please enjoy yourself because that week will fly by. No matter what the outcome is be proud of yourself, because you gave it your best. New opportunities will present themselves to you, you just have to be willing to take them; I’ve been
offered many modelling opportunities due to my exposure in the pageant. In a couple of years, I hope to join a pageant again, specifically Miss World. For now, it is time to say goodbye. Thank you to my generous community (family and friends) and sponsors, without you this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you again Michelle Weswaldi, Christi Woolard, and everyone else who helped us behind the scenes. Thank you Miss Teenage Western Saskatchewan for making me the girl I am today.
Watch my pageant experience here! 🙂
By the time I was also packed up and ready to sleep it was already 2:30 am. I had to be up by 4:30 am to catch the airport shuttle for my flight back. Unfortunately I slept through my alarm, and woke up at 4:45, so I had to rush downstairs. Thankfully another shuttle came and we drove through the storm to the airport.
It was cold on the plane to Winnipeg, but I slept through most of it. I was happy that another Saskatchewan girl is on the same flight, otherwise I’d be completely lost in the airports. I slept for both the plane rides, and now I am safely home. I was very excited and emotional to see my family. I didn’t know how much I would the fields, the nature, and the living sky. First I plan on catching up on sleep, then it’ll be back to work.
Sakshi and I hastily packed our bags and made sure not to forget anything we needed for today. On the bus to the Queen Elizabeth theatre I took. After rehearsing a couple of times some of the other girls were sent to hair and makeup. We got to wait in the entrance where there was many comfortable couches. I slept again, trying to feel energized. Eventually I was sent to makeup. I didn’t like my hair as much as my photoshoot or prelims makeup, but I didn’t bother to change it. I did, however, like my hair.
All of a sudden it was eight o’clock which meant showtime. We danced our opening number and it was straight to top 20. As they kept calling numbers I patiently waited to hear my number. Number 44, Sakshi, was called and I was instantly so happy for her. I almost forgot that my number wasn’t called. I didn’t cry right away, but seeing the other girls who didn’t make it cry has an influence on you. I was embarrassed that I teared up, I wanted to lose with grace and be strong. Of course everyone who didn’t make it has the right to be upset, the right to feel disappointed. There are girls who I thought would’ve made top 20, but didn’t and vice versa. You never know what the judges are looking for, if it were a different day, circumstance, judge, maybe you would be the winner. This just wasn’t in the cards for me, but it is not a total loss. I’ve been receiving so many wonderful opportunities from this. We’ve all worked so hard, but now the title of Miss Teenage Canada is out of reach. Swimwear was next, and through our shared sadness we had to still smile.
Downstairs the girls and I watched the live stream of the pageant. It was actually great bonding. I got to cheer on some of my close friends in their evening gown walk. I was also able to talk to some of the girls who I didn’t talk to originally.All of a sudden it was down to top 5, Precious, Kathleen, Hanna, Chloe, and Samantha. Many of them answered their on stage question with grace. For crowning, all 54 of the delegates went back on stage to see who would become the next Miss Teenage Canada as well as awards. I want to congratulate my close friends Precious (4th runner up and People’s Choice Award) Kathleen (3rd runner up and highest fundraiser) Hanna (2nd runner up and Best swimwear) and Chloe (1st runner up). Also a big congratulations to the winner of Miss Teenage Canada 2016, Samantha P. from Ottawa, Ontario. I am confident you will have an amazing reign. You guys deserve it!
Also to Aneurin for the academic award and Lacy for Miss Congeniality. Since the majority of my Ontario friends had to leave I was forced to say goodbye to them. It was hard, there were already so many emotions flying around and this just added another layer. I also had to say goodbye to my roommate, who I was so honoured to stay with for the whole week. I’m so glad I met you and got to be weird, honest, and myself around you. I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavours.
Saturday we spent the whole day rehearsing. Finally at six we were released from
upstairs and sent to our rooms. I just touched up my hair and makeup and wore my blue provincial dress. Tonight was the Talent Gala, a night where the ladies performed either a 30 second presentation on their platform or a talent of their choice. For supper we had an assortment of salads, breads, pasta, and dainty little desserts; they were all very tasty. I enjoyed watching the other girls perform, many of the girls had beautiful voices. I also sang “Reflection” by Lea Salonga. Once it was over, girls were allowed to visit with their families. This was also the only night where we were allowed to. It was very touching to watch girls and their family reunite. It made me realize that the bond between families is extremely strong, and that they are our greatest support. Since my family couldn’t make it, my roommate and I just took as many pictures as we could.
After that, we were sent upstairs to revive a gift bag from sponsors. We received a pink Miss Teenage Canada bag filled with goodies such as earrings, nail polish, Mac lipstick, lip liner, and Biore products. Marlin, the videographer, filmed us one last time for the activities video. Midnight hit and our chaperone brought my roommate and I back to our room. Sunday would be the biggest day of the whole week.
We spent the morning rehearsing with Sean and Hollywood. All the girls were anxiously awaiting what the night would bring. We pushed through the long hours of practicing in our silver heels, enduring the pain on our feet. I just kept pushing through it because I know how important it is for the show to look clean and presentable. We went over the opening number, top 20 procedure, swimwear, top 10 procedure, and the crowning ceremony. It is very important to pay attention to the details otherwise you could end up lost in the dances.
Eventually we were sent off to our rooms to wait for hair and makeup. My roommate and I patiently waited until we heard the knock. Upstairs hair and makeup artists were spread out all over the room. I got a different makeup artist this time and she gave me a bold look to match my gown. She put a nice purple shadow as an accent on the under eye too. By the time we finished it was already almost showtime. Luckily, I’m one of the last girls so I had time to change into my swimsuit and gather my thoughts. Both my walks were alright, I felt confident and beautiful. I was so happy my family in Ontario could make it out and support me. I definitely felt the love.
Today we did one of my favourite things in the world, we got to workout! This was a perfect day because it aligned so perfectly with my platform. Besides my family, I have been missing my workouts and healthy eating. Working out, especially boot camp style conditioning, makes you feel so great afterward. The trainers are so encouraging and give such a positive vibe. I definitely worked up a sweat at the Fit Body Project in Toronto. http://thefitbodyproject.ca/
For lunch we were given a sushi roll from Fish’D by Edo. I got a spicy salmon roll. Most of the girls loved them, but some girls are not a big fan of sushi. I thought it was great, though.
The bus then made its way to Archer’s Arena where we learned how to shoot a bow and arrow and played archery tag. A great pun was made, instead of Game of Thrones it was Game of Foam. Tensions were high as we hid behind the barriers and tried not to get hit by the arrows. A couple of casualties here and there, but all in all, a great experience. http://www.archersarena.com/
Soon after we freshened up at the hotel we went to Lone Star Bar and Grill. Great food, great day, a great way to get pumped for Preliminaries tomorrow. The official photo shoot picture is up on Miss Teenage Canada Facebook as well as the website. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenageCanada/photos/pb.33289240294.-2207520000.1469150690./10154214729275295/?type=3&theater
Shout out to Storia PR for amplifying our media.
Yesterday we woke up early to eat breakfast at Eggliscious Cafe and Grill again. They served a heavy pancake breakfast.
Shortly after the two groups parted ways on the Bradlee Ryall golf courses. Three talented men, Mario, John, and Ian taught us some of the fundamentals of golfing; putting, chipping, and driving. We had a short putting contest to get the ball through either 50, 75, or 100 holes in a piece of wood. Of course, I wasn’t even close to the target, but that’s okay because I tried. For lunch, we had the most gourmet meal so far this week. There were crispy shrimp tacos, delicate sliders, gluten free margherita pizza, garlic loaf, and a charcuterie platter. It was delicious! Some retired Toronto Maple leaves had an appearance so I took a picture with Darryl Sittler for my dad. https://www.bradleeryall.com/
We were given an hour to prepare our hair and makeup for interview. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with the interview, I think it’s the most intimidating parts of the whole pageant. Since I am one of the last girls we stayed upstairs rehearsing with Sean and Hollywood, the choreographers. The delegates and I rehearsed our opening number as well as practicing our walks. I definitely felt like a beauty queen that day. I think that my interview went well.
For dinner we went out to Dave and Busters which is a restaurant and arcade. My roommate was once again shocked that we don’t have this restaurant in Saskatchewan. Once we finished supper we were given game cards that allowed us to play some arcade games. The fun lasted about half an hour because beauty queens need their beauty sleep. Looking forward to tomorrow’s active outing. Please keep voting for me http://www.missteenagecanada.com/mtcw-finals/finalist-details/548
Can’t believe how fast the time is moving, day 3 already! We had a classic bacon and egg breakfast at Egglicious. http://egglicious.ca/
Then it was off to Nuvango (clothing) headquarters. We were shown all around the studio and learned the process of designing as well as creating the pieces. My favorite part was trying on the styles from the new collection. The fabric is so soft and stretchy.I can’t wait to see some of the pictures from our photo shoot. https://ca.nuvango.com/
After that we visited the Bata Shoe Museum. www.batashoemuseum.ca.
I was quite intrigued by the interesting facts about the shoes. I love shoes, especially fancy ones. We got to see a variety of shoes from Shaquille O’neal’s giant boot to a
dainty Japanese Sandal. The girls and I also learned about the perils of fashions in the past century. Oh the things we, both men and women, do for beauty. #batashoemusem
Mississauga’s Square One gave each delegate a $30 gift card she could spend on anything in the mall. There wasn’t much time to browse around the mall, but it was still bigger than any mall in Saskatchewan. My group decided to go to Urban Planet, and I bought a long white dress I plan to use in an upcoming photo-shoot. Thank you for the shopping spree!
The girls and I got a bit of a break as we changed our outfit for the next event; dinner at Nirvana, the Flavors of India. While patiently waiting for our food the restaurant has us create a Bollywood inspired a video starring Miss Teenage Canada 2015. (I will post link to watch, once I know). The food was tasty, I’ve always been a fan of Indian food, especially Naan bread. I’m so fortunate to have a room mate from another culture, I enjoy asking her about the food and learning her customs. http://www.nirvanatheflavoursofindia.com/