Finally after arriving at the Edward Village Hotel, the Miss world Canada 2018 journey begins, and I couldn’t be any more excited!  Today we had our official sponsor party. I am thankful to each and every one of them for supporting us. I also had fun stealing Cynthia’s crown! From the products, one of my personal favorites is the Lanlay oil, I’ve been using it since last year. It works perfectly to remove makeup, to moisturize my skin and even just a leave in treatment for my hair.

I cannot wait to wear these stunning Vangelo Donna heels on stage. They are an absolutely stunning and sparkly gold (both of which are my favourite!!)

Finally I was super excited to open up my box of Nina Spade earrings, they could have been one of many colours–however I opened up a box of the blue pair…hmm blue for Miss World Canada. Could it be a sign?

Stay tuned for more fun activities throughout the week.

With love,

Maneet Miss World Canada National Finalist

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I have always been creative. Growing up in a home where, if something was broken, you fixed it. If your pants ripped? You would patch them up! Leg breaks off a chair? Glue it back together! My school projects were usually too big to carry to school (thanks Mom for driving me). My four older brothers and I would play video games until sunrise. Super Mario Brother’s, Halo, Final Fantasy, anything that immersed us in a new and exciting universe.

Half of my Family

The Calgary Comic Expo is a vastly popular event for gamers, artists, and collectors. I started going annually. Every convention I attended left me very intrigued by the cosplayers. They were personifying their favorite heroes, villains, scientists, doctors, and fighters. They created the costumes themselves!

 

This caught my eye, because that would be a very exciting life for a seamstress. I started collecting my materials from fabric stores and secondhand shops. I was ready to create. I started with fabric projects, then soon wanted to craft armour.

Unfortunately, the material to make armour is somewhat exorbitant. So I used my resources, and created Duct Tape armour. Eventually, local photographers wanted to capture my new creations.

Once I began modeling my cosplay, I started to get interested in fashion modeling. I became a glamour, fashion, and lifestyle model. One of my close friends, Jackie, suggested I try pageants. At first, I wasn’t too sure about beauty pageants. I thought they were just based on the way a girl looks. After a bit of research, I realized that beauty pageants are a combination of leadership, women empowerment, and a platform to raise awareness for causes close to your heart. I went out of my comfort zone and entered Miss Calgary 2017. I won my first pageant! I was completely shocked. I then went on to Miss Universe Canada, and created my national costume by hand.

I was inspired by a great leader. Patti Falconer gave me the courage and support I needed to face my fears and try my best. She was a role model and mentor to me, and I hope that I can carry on her amazing legacy.

-Kansas

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My year as Miss Calgary 2017 was absolutely incredible. I grew immensely from this experience. I was able to help a vast amount of organizations in and around Calgary. The people I met, and the places I visited changed my life. I am so grateful for everything I have been given, and will never give up on my passion to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Here is a short video of my journey.

Stand up for those who feel they cannot stand up for themselves.

-Kansas

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What an amazing experience it was to be a guest on the Amanda Nothando Show! I met Amanda at the Be Bold Black Tie Gala and now here I am on the set of her show!

 

Being crowned Miss Alberta has created so many opportunities and has allowed me to meet amazing people and form successful relationships helping me move forward.

 

 

 

 

Amanda and I shared laughs and discussed what goes on behind the scenes of my pageantry experience!

 

To watch the interview and hear all about my journey click this link!

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Kalista Gauvreau,

Miss Alberta World

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Visions of Heaphen was an amazing experience. Thank you to designer Heather Fryer for letting me be apart of her amazing fashion gala while also representing Alberta! What a perfect way to prepare for Miss World Canada.

Fashionable head-pieces are designed. You can see the bird cage style modelled as I strut down the runway!

This runway fashion experience was very different considering headpieces aren’t the most typical fashion item. I enjoyed the uniqness of this gala and how it was something new to see. I was very intrigued and amazed by all the amazing designs.

Participating in the Ethno Fashion Gala not only added to my runway practice and experience but also allowed me to mingle and make friends with the other models!

I cannot wait to have more runway and unique fashion experiences! This is just the beginning…. next up: Miss World Canada!

 

Kalista Gauvreau,

Miss Alberta World 2018

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On May 26th I was lucky enough to be invited to guest speak at the Be Bold – Black Tie Gala  hosted in Edmonton. The Black-tie Gala is an event hosted by Multi Entrepreneurs Small Business Network. The evenings theme was be BOLD with the objective to inspire, motivate, and educate while providing a platform to showcase their products, services, and most importantly network.

 

The evening was filled with inspirational speakers and live entertainment served over a phenomenal dinner opened to business owners, professionals, and individuals who are looking for ideas to start a small buisness or to share their success journeys.

 

I was honoured to be the first speaker to present. I explained my journey from crowing moment of Miss Alberta World through my journey and growth as I prepare for Miss World Canada. I shared my platform of self love, and ways to improve your mind-set through loving yourself and positivity.

Here I will share my interview with Amanda Nothando at the Be Bold: Black Tie Event

Red carpet interview at the BE BOLD black tie gala event 🌹 everyone’s support means the world! This was such an amazing event! 💃🏻

Geplaatst door Miss Alberta World 2018 op Woensdag 27 juni 2018

 

The crowed was very kind hearted and supportive. I was honoured to speak to such professional and genuine people, and be amongst so many inspirational people as well as get to listen to their very passionate presentations. This event taught me a lot about personal growth, public speaking and business.

 

 

Mingling and the exchange of business cards and photos is what took place after all the speakers had finished presenting. A full tummy, happy heart and genuine smile is something everyone had in common this evening.

 

 

 

 

Kalista Gauvreau,

Miss Alberta World

xox

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Evolving Through Loving Yourself, FemEvolve Magazine

 

Do you pay attention to what your mind, spirit and body need daily? Do you check in with yourself to make sure you aren’t running on low? Knowing how to take care of your mental and physical self is a huge factor in personal growth and development. In my Blog, Evolving Through Loving Yourself published on FemEvolve will bring you the joyful and informing read of specific ways I take care of myself physically and mentally, and how winning the title of Miss Alberta World has helped me develop the mindset I need to succeed and evolve to my fullest potential.

 

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Ready to improve your wellbeing and conquer your goals? Check out my published blog on FemEvolve and read up about all the wellbeing and personal growth tips to get you feeling your best again!

Evolving Through Loving Yourself – Kalista Gauvreau: Miss Alberta World 2018

Enjoy your read!

Lots of love:

Kalista Gauvreau,

Miss Alberta World

 

 

 

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Hello dear readers,

I am excited to share with you all that I am a national finalist for Miss World Canada 2018. I couldn’t be any more excited after being crowned Miss Southern Alberta World last year, and first runner up at Miss India Worldwide Canada the year before. I think it’s finally time for me to pull out my sparkly gown, highest heels and walk the stage again.

You must be wondering who Maneet is, and what she’s all about? A girl that was born on one cold snowy winter day in the beautiful city of Toronto (although I was born in the winter, I’m definitely a summer girl!). By the time I was 11 I moved to the wild west… Calgary! Growing up I always always enjoyed performing in front of large audiences. I still do theater and monologues to this day.  Would you believe I was only 6 years old the first time I performed in front of my entire elementary school!

I’m also very proud to share that I recently completed my bachelors degree in Psychology. I always wanted to go into a profession where I could help those around me, and I think working in a clinical setting couldn’t be any more perfect. Mental health has always been something I’ve given much value to, because without our minds, we would be nothing. I want people to embrace the mind-body connection, and no longer hide behind closed doors when they need help due to the fear of stigmatization. Not only is this a part of my Beauty with a purpose project– it is a part of who I am. Thus, I plan to continue into graduate studies and become a Psychologist within the near years.

 

In my free time, you may find me reading a book. Not just any, usually self-help books. I’m very much into constant growth and learning. As you know I’m all about the mind-body connection, thus while taking care of my mind you may also find me at the gym taking care of my body! A healthy lifestyle has always been a must for me. Eating clean and working out make you glow like there’s no tomorrow, and the feeling after a workout is out of this world! And of course I do have my occasional (or multiple) cheat meals too. Finally, I also always make sure to take out some time to volunteer in the community. One of my favourite places to volunteer is the distress center, because I think there’s nothing more precious than putting a smile on someone’s face or supporting them in their most loneliest times.

 

From here forward, I can’t wait to be a part of all the exciting upcoming events and do greater things for my community. I feel honoured that I will represent Calgary and the province of Alberta at Miss World Canada, and I’ll need all your support and love during it.

With love,

Maneet, Miss World Canada National Finalist

 

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My latest article has been published in Streetchic; a street fashion online magazine! Vic Tobar is the lovely photographer of the pictures you see in my article. He is a local to Calgary, and has been published several times for his incredible surrealistic art. We collaborated to show some beautiful locations around our city.

Street Chic editors remarked at the originality of the skater pictures and the how seamlessly the post blends into casual and then evening fashion. “The post is ripe with local place names and fashion styles and the name of the skateboard company giving viewers some insights into how they might style themselves when visiting these places.”

Check out a skater girl fashion post about Calgary on Streetchic by me, Kansas King! Please like and share!

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Ok… I know we can all admit to have those days where we don’t feel like doing anything. We would prefer to stay in bed all day and watch Netflix snuggled up with our puppies and a cup of tea. At least, this is how I lived my life for many years. It is so easy with all the stress of school and work to actually find time and energy to put into bettering ourselves. It wasn’t until this past year that I decided it was time to make a change in my life. I was tired of often feeling “down in the dumps” and I knew with a little time and effort I could make a few simple changes in my life that could make all the difference in the long run.

 

After a year of feeling constantly tired and down about many things I searched long and hard to find something I was passionate about and that I could add to my daily routine. I needed something positive that would add a new element to my day to day routine. Going to school and then to work wasn’t too bad but it was time to spice up the simplicity of my life by adding some fun into it. I began hanging out with my friends more and then one day my best friend Paige called me up and said “Hey Meg, want to go to the gym?” The gym? I never really enjoyed going to the gym before. It wasn’t something I did because I didn’t know how to operate half the equipment and I always felt that so many people would judge me. Truth be told, nobody cared at all enough about what I was doing at the gym to judge me. Paige constantly reminded me that everyone was at the gym for the same reason, to somehow better themselves, so nobody had any reason to judge me.

 

 

It did not take long for me to develop a genuine love for working out. Not only was it always a blast going to the gym with my best friend but I also was beginning to feel so much better in so many ways! When I was stressed, I’d go to the gym. When I was angry, I’d go to the gym. When I was excited, off to the gym I went. Working out became just regular part of my day. I noticed so many changes both physically and mentally. These changes were my inspiration to keep going and persevere. Even on long days when I was tired from studying a lot or working a double shift, I would always try to find time to go to the gym. If I did not feel like going to the gym I would always find some type of alternative. I would go for a bike ride, hike with some friends, even just take my dog for a quick walk around the block and these things would instantly lift my mood.

 

 

Not only was I beginning to see changes within myself but people around me were starting to comment on my life changes. I never realized how my room there was for improvement in my life until things just kept getting better and better. Thinking back to my life exactly a year ago, I was 30 pounds heavier with no motivation or drive to do much more than the bare minimum. I was perfectly content spending my nights snuggles up on the couch with a bowl of microwave popcorn for dinner and a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream for dessert.

 

I can now happily say that I have never felt better. I have never been so confident in my own skin and I truly take pride in the woman I have become. Each day is a new day and I still continue to push myself to always do better. I am happy, I am healthy, and I am proud of all the strides I’ve made in life. As Kevin Durant once said “I just loved being in the gym. It was tough at times. Sometimes I wanted to quit, but I’m glad I stuck with it.” Even on my hardest days, I manage to work out and it truly makes a difference on my overall mood and well-being. Goodbye to the late night McDonalds run and hello the the new and improved lifestyle I have begun for myself.

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