There is a lot more to pageants than just makeup, dresses and manicures! Looking back at my very first provincial pageant at Miss Teen Ontario, I have realized how much Miss Teen Canada-World has helped me break out of my shell and become more confident. Before making it to nationals, believe it or not, I actually was hesitant when applying for Miss Teen Canada-World. I really did not believe that I could do something like a pageant, but I have always dreamt about it. I built up the courage and applied to be Miss Teen Canada-World 2013! I was so happy and proud of myself when I advanced to nationals! This journey has taught me that anybody can reach their desires with just a little bit of hard work and determination! I have never wanted anything so bad in my teenage life, and I am glad that I will be able to share this story with my grand children one day and make them proud. Most people probably have a negative view on beauty pageants, and I blame this on the media. Such television shows like Toddlers and Tiaras make beauty pageants seem degrading towards young girls because of all the hair, makeup and costumes. In reality, beauty pageants actually teach the same skills that sports can! For example, football teaches athletes that no goal is beyond their reach. Girls who participate in football have to work even harder to get on the team and do their best at all times to stay on the team. Pageants also set high expectations for girls. Whether her goal is to get the crown, win the most talented contest, or to sell the most ads – pageants gives girls goals they must be fully committed to in order to achieve. Also, Martial Arts teaches mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence. Likewise, a pageant participant cannot be successful without these attributes, most importantly self-confidence. Without believing in yourself, you will surely fail to reach your goal. In fact, I have gained so much self confidence that I truly believe that I could now talk to anybody! I have come such a long way since the Ontario provincial pageant, and I have grown up so much, all thanks to Miss Teen Canada-World. My favourite part about being a national titleholder is inspiring young people in my community. I have received many heart warming messages from many different people telling me how I have inspired them with being involved in the community, and promoting my platform of raising awareness to mental health in teenagers. I know I am doing something right when people I may not know so well are proud of me. I am doing this to not only push my limits, but to make my community, city and peers proud. Especially, I am going for the big win to prove all the doubters wrong. Nothing makes me want to work harder and achieve my goals than people telling me I can’t reach my dreams; because right now, I am! I cannot wait to share pictures from Nationals Week! I am so excited to be representing Wellington county in just 20 days at the national pageant, I promise to make my community proud! Thanks to MTC-W Inc, I have created a journey that I will remember for a lifetime.
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