I hope everyone is doing well while staying safe and healthy during these hard times with the pandemic. Now I just want to update you all on what I’ve done during these pandemic crises.
Now ever since I’ve been crowned Miss Alberta World, I was completely eager to volunteer everywhere in my community, however, due to COVID-19, those volunteering days were postponed to a limited time. But that didn’t stop me to help others.
I’ve noticed that as the conditions of the pandemic were gradually getting worse, I’ve made a little project to make washable face masks for the safety of everyone. Firstly, I began to produce a FREE mask for front liners, seniors, and the homeless across Canada. At first, many people were not willingly accepting these washable masks due to their non-medical grade, but I kept going. A total of 1,810 pieces of the washable mask was distributed for FREE since the beginning of my journey for almost 2 months.
As time goes on, the need for masks are becoming mandatory in many areas and the shortage was becoming a problem. In June, I started to make an appearance at Joly’s Independent Grocer Store. As I am also an employee from the grocery store, I was given the opportunity to sell out masks in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Thanks to my Manager, Miss Ann, for letting me set up. From there, I’ve made an appearance once or twice a week in order to support the charity and to help my city stay safe.
Sharing the humble of giving a bag of rice to 310 less fortunate and homeless families in the Philippines. I sent my own donations to the Philippines in order to buy 20 sacks of rice. I’m so grateful to my family back home that they were able to make it happen and to distribute the rice on my behalf.
My heart is full of joy that I can help in a little way to needy families during this crisis COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though this year may have not to turn out the best as we’ve hoped, I still manage to find a way to help others.
We are only three weeks away before the National pageant. Stay safe and see you there!
Hello Everyone. Today, I refuse to update you about my life, successes, goals or challenges today. I am not going to tell you guys about my life stories, or sponsors or what I am doing in preparation for this competition.
Today, this post is about everyone. Whether you are a parent, a judge, an essential worker, a pageant girl, a sister, a hacker. I don’t care. This post today is for you.
Thank you…. Let me start off with a thank you. It has been such a difficult time. Since the beginning of the year, we have all held on to our seats, and have ridden this terrifying roller coaster which felt like life or death. The stresses and the stakes have been high for all of us. Yet we are still here. Yes, there has been people whom we have lost, and those who have been struggling, but we are all trying our hardest to stay strong. The key word is “TRYING”…there is an effort being made, and that alone is enough.
I want to say thank you to the essential workers and those on the front line who are aiding us in battling this pandemic. We all cannot imagine how it must be out there, but because of your bravery, after 9 months, you are the reason our society can function in some forms.
I want to take time to recognize those who have been helping with providing more hygienic resources during these times. With your help and talent, we are able to have proper hygiene practices as well as help with social distancing.
To the communities who are trying to uplift and support each and every person there, I want to thank you for your time.
We are now in a second wave of the pandemic. It really isn’t that pretty. There is a lot of factors, but we are smart enough to understand what we have to do.
We are not as ignorant as we believe. We have proof that it exists, and that it is affecting our world. BUT, we know exactly what we must do during these times.
Regarding this pageant, I want to share my gratitude with absolutely everyone.
From the executive directors, like Michelle Weswaldi, to our judges, sponsors, coaches and families. You all have all been putting in so much work. We are always on edge in hoping it happens regardless of this pandemic. You all are putting in so much effort in making your travels and maintaining your safety as well as your own families. So, I thank you personally. I cannot imagine the number of hours you all have been putting in for this. The multiple unanswered questions that surprisingly you all have been able to answer. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I know the pageant has not happened just yet; we are still on the road there. We are exactly 24 days, 13 hours and 38 minutes away! I just want to acknowledge and give my appreciation.
To all of you have been supporting all our delegates in these pageants. Thank you! You all must be putting your minds together in ensuring this to happen. Getting creative with ways in how we can make this work. It must be tiring at times, and you all must be on edge, trying to figure out the next moves at times, but you all are so appreciated.
To my gorgeous sisters and delegates for Miss World Canada 2020. You all have been my rock throughout quarantine. As life has paused you all have inspired me to move forward and become better. With the cute videos and projects, we have worked on together. With sharing stories and laughter. To the wonderful comments and video calls. I thank you for being my sisters at this point.
A little personal thank you to my community, family and friends. I want to thank you for everything you have done for me till this point in my life. Your support you have provided me not just with this pageant but before it, I want to give you my gratitude. Whether it’s been from lending an ear or helping me share my work. From giving me advice to reminding me I am still a regular person and I must forgive myself a bit more. Thank you. You all mean so much to me. So thank you, I love you.
I extend my gratitude to you. My readers. You are loved and appreciated at the end of the day. Whenever you feel down, remember you have been surviving a pandemic. Mistakes may happen in life, but remember (Especially since winter depression gets to a lot of us) you are enough. Everything you are doing is enough and you should be proud of yourself. You have stayed loyal to your people, you have been keeping your head up as much as you can.
I mainly just want to say. Thank you for being here. Thank you for your efforts. Thank you for your time. What more can a person ask for.
Remember, at the end of the day, despite who you are, what your position is in society, how rich or poor you are… We are all human. We are not always going to be perfect, and we will always be trying to find solutions.
As humans, we have a thing called time. With time comes timing. It is what we choose to do with such time, that will benefit us in the end. We must be patient. Honestly as a person who is impatient, this year I have learned to be acquire that skill. Patience is what you need in the time of crisis. Take time to understand your situation, take time to care for yourself, and to enjoy every moment you have. Our world is always rushed now, we have to remember to take a moment to let everything soak in. So as I said earlier… just try, it is more than enough and it doesn’t hurt to do so.
As always. Stay strong, stay healthy, stay informed, and stay sexy.
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Now that’s it’s #secondhandseptember I feel it’s a suitable time to share some of my favourite thrifted finds!
Sooo the first outfit I am going to feature is this @marciano dress I scored from a local thrift store 🌸
I loved all the colours so I had to get it 🤷🏼♀️
3 reasons why buying second hand is better for the earth than buying new.
1. Less clothing in landfills 🌍
About 11 million tons of clothing is thrown away in America every year. In the 1950’s people spent about 20% of their income on clothes.
2. Less resources used and wasted ( duhhh )
3. Less pollution 🌱
Fact of the day “ about 90% of the cotton grown for textiles is genetically modified, meaning it is heavily reliant on pesticides.
Almost 20% if pesticides used worldwide is for use on cotton plants. These chemicals contaminated nearby water supplies and acidity the soil “
Switching out some of our shopping to thrifting is a simple way to lessen our own carbon footprint and make a small step towards a healthier planet. 🌻🌻
My name is Megan Jagersma, I am 20 years old and from Coaldale Alberta. I am the current reigning Miss Southern Alberta World 2020, and eagerly looking forward to meeting everyone at the Miss World Canada 2020 Pageant this November.
The past year has been a chapter of growth. Being awarded the title Miss Southern Alberta 2019 was an opportunity I will cherish and hold my standards to forever. I have now obtained the current Miss Southern Alberta World 2020 title and I could not be more excited. Having a title, working with different organizations, public speaking and overall just being a pageant girl has given me so many memorable learning experiences and opportunities. I have found more confidence and happiness within myself, and I am eager to showcase my improvements on a national level. Having the chance to compete at Miss World Canada, will allow me to strengthen my stage and public speaking skills while sharing information about a cause very important to me, Animal Rights. I believe some issues are not spoken about enough. My objective is to protect animals while fighting different injustices such as animal testing, dog fighting, and irresponsible animal breeding in North America.
Alongside pageantry, modelling has been a big part of my life for the past 4 years. I have graced many major Canadian Runways such as Vancouver Fashion Week, Western Canada Fashion Week and have competed in different modelling conventions such as Top Model Search Canada and Faces West Vancouver. I travelled to Istanbul Turkey in the summer of 2019, where I worked on my first modelling contract. Travelling to a country so different from my own, opened my eyes to different cultures and lifestyles. This expanded my global perspective of not only the fashion industry and modelling but also our roles as individuals on such a small shared planet.
At the end of July, I was trained online by Canadian Supermodel Coco Rocha, where I learned the art of pose. I look forward to a 3 day long camp with Coco in February of 2021.
Subsequently. I used my regional title to volunteer and help out at some local events. This includes working the Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast and leading ponies, serving farmers on UFA agriculture day, taking part in the judging panel at the Claresholm Highschool Prom, and I modelling for some local designers in the Spring Fling Fashion show, put on in support of the Special Olympics.
Oftentimes I am in a photoshoot or prepping for a pageant. When I do have spare time, I enjoy occupying it by riding my mule for both our physical and mental fitness. With over 7 years of competitive equestrian experience, I try to squeeze a ride into my busy schedule at least once a week.
I also enjoy hiking in the mountains, travelling, up-cycling old furniture, collecting plants, eating cookie dough ice-cream and taking my pet goat Lenny for walks.
I have recently upgraded some courses online and would like to pursue a career in animal sciences. Since helping animals is a strong passion of mine, I would like to further my career by completing a veterinarian assistant course 2020-2021.
I will be a voice for the voiceless, and by competing at Miss World Canada, I will be able to do so on a greater level. I look forward to my first National Pageant and I am determined to showcase myself to the best of my ability.
Hello everyone! If you do not know who I am by now, my name is Jasmine Elahee. I am your current Miss North Calgary World 2020. I am a Canadian citizen… But I also identify myself as a first-generation Mauritian-Canadian.
This is myself at Calgary City Hall for the Mauritian Independence.
I am a daughter to two full blooded Mauritians and I always celebrated my heritage.
For those who are unfamiliar with Mauritius, you may wonder… Where is this country? No, it is not Mauritania. It’s close to Madagascar, and yes is a nation of Africa. Also, I do not speak to animals.
My Dear Mauritius
Mauritius is the picturesque, beautiful Island off the east coast of Africa. Residing in the Indian Ocean. It is what Mark Twain had said “Inspired the heavens.” Mauritius does not have an indigenous population, but has been colonized by a variety of people, (Such as the Arabs, Dutch, English, and French). The population includes people of Indian, African, Chinese, European, Malagasy and Creole descent. It is roughly the size of Calgary, but contains hills, mountains, volcanoes, and plains. It is famously known for the Dodo bird, amazing cuisine (according to CNN), sugar cane, booze, and most importantly its lush environment and ecosystem. From the underwater waterfall off the coast of Le Morne, the Seven Coloured Earths in the Chamarel Plains, to the beautiful beaches and coral reefs. The Island of Mauritius is one of the few, uniquely biodiverse and rich Maine ecosystems left on Earth. Mauritius to me is not just my parents’ home country, but it is where the lineage of my people have lived for centuries.
As of recently, if you have not watched the news, Mauritius is in the middle of its worse catastrophe in its ecosystems. As of July 25, there was an oil spill off the south east coast of Mauritius near Mahebourg. A Japanese bulk carrier ship, called the Wakashio, had ran aground on a coral reef off the shore of the island, leaking 1,000 tones of 4,000 tons of fuel oil into the ocean. This had led the island to be put in a state of an ecological emergency. It was reported around August 6th, 2020, that the spill was detected a size of roughly 3.3 sq km surrounding the Wakashio. On the 11th, it was then reported the 10x increase around it, roughly detected to 27 sq km.
France has sent in a military aircraft with pollution control equipment from Reunion Island, as well as the Japanese sending in a 6 man team to aid the French. Since the spill, there has been more than 3,000 tonnes of oil pumped out and transferred to shore by helicopters, onto another ship by the same Japanese shipping firm. The people on the island itself are volunteering their efforts in hopes to restore the beaches along the southeast with a variety of strategies. The use of straw, sacks, tights and even hair are said to help absorb the oil out of the water. Greenpeace Africa has warned that thousands of animal species were at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution. They also noted that there would be dire consequences for the economy, food, security and health of Mauritius. It is also noted that locals are now breathing in heavy vapours from the oil.
Mauritius has already suffered enough as of recently with COVID-19. The island is known for its ecotourism. The island is a hot spot for many people world wide to visit. It is also one of its biggest incomes besides textiles, exports and fishing. With the halt of all travelling worldwide, it has already had a great effect on the economy. So for this to occur, the people of Mauritius are angered and saddened that one of their main attractions, the beaches and crystal blue oceans, is now polluted by the dark, slick oil.
As of the 16th, the ship has finally split in half.
Apparently, Mauritius had avoided a disaster that could have been 3 times worse, on the terms of taking action. The super-sensitive marine environment has avoided suffering an oil spill 3 times worse than it could have been. Yet, the damage that is already done is another thing.
The CEO of the shipping company in Japan has apologized profusely… but there is only so much an apology can do. The fact remains that this uniquely biodiversity-rich maine ecosystem- is one of the few left on this planet. It has now been polluted by nearly 1,000 tons of fuel.
What my heart feels…
Personally, this topic was really tough to sit on. Prior to the news, I remember seeing a video of this docked tank off the coast. It was concerning then, but I truly believed action would have to be taken place. A bunch of friends had reached out to me once the news had come out about it. I was truly in shock. Like many Mauritians, we were not too sure on what to expect. The beautiful oceans and beaches are one of the main things we Mauritians cherish. I always joke around with friends and family saying, if I wanted to travel somewhere just to stay on a resort, it would be a waste. I would rather be in Mauritius, along its beautiful, natural sandy beaches, and enjoy the stunningly, clear waters of the ocean.
I have been sitting around, listening and watching the news as I did not imagine this is how Mauritius would get its publicity… over something so heartbreaking and tragic. Especially near Mahebourg. I have heard stories from my parents on how they used to go there as youngsters to enjoy. It is one of the most beautiful areas on the island. You hear songs about it. That is how beautiful it is. How can we be so reckless with such environmentally harmful substance in our world?
But this topic on Oil vs. Environment is conflicted in my heart.
I am an Albertan, and I understand the importance of the Oil and Gas businesses here. It is important for our economy. Even though we understand how dangerous either transporting or burning it is. it is still a vital part to our portion of the economy in Canada. As technology evolves, we currently still rely on fuel until another option is to become available and affordable worldwide. Yet, when these tragedies like these oil spills occur, most of us can agree that this is why we are against it. The damages dealt to the ecosystem because of material.
I have recently been interning at a safety equipment supplier in Calgary. Specializing in pollution and air quality. Unlike many other safety equipment suppliers, they take a really big emphasis on Clean Air. They do not just supply detectors, but they advocate on ways we can make a difference in our city.
They are also Mauritian. We have constantly had this talk on pollution and how it effects our world today. As Mauritians, the founder has expressed to me how the difference of air quality in Mauritius to Canada are very different. Calgary being one of the cities which has a slightly lower rate of air pollution across Canada than most. There is still a thickness that cannot truly be described in comparison to the air quality in Mauritius.
When we think of pollution today, we know it is present. It is something my generation and generations after will have to resolve. It is in our air, and on our grounds. In places like Mauritius, though crowded, they have found ways to maintain their island. There has already been issues with the sands reseeding overtime, but to have an oil spill this drastic really does leave its mark.
One thing I can personally note is that I have been fortunate enough to experience the beautiful ecosystems of both countries. It is one factor I really do appreciate about both the . Canada with its beautiful mountain regions, and plains. The gorgeous coasts, and frosty territories. Our grand lakes and rolling hills. To the epic badlands of Alberta. Canada is an ecological phenomenon of its own. We have our forest fires, and our floods. We have seen what spills can do. So what can we do to help such a beautiful country and its environment?
HOW WE CAN HELP?
As Canadians and people abroad, you can help by donating to this crowdfund. The goal is to reach 17,000,000 Mauritian Rupees.
It is lovely to be back and better!
You may be wondering, “Jasmine, what have you been up to?” (and if that isn’t a question for you… well that’s cool, you better start tuning in now!)
I have started a fun little project for myself during this quarantine! As of lately we can all tell that we are experiencing some wanderlust. In my heart I have always dreamed of travelling the world, learning about new cultures, histories, spiritual practices and people. Especially to also learn about the interesting and diverse cuisine in our world. One of my multiple dreams is to have a show like the late Anthony Bourdain and travel the world. To experience the world really.
I always believed that food is THE way to touching ones soul. It connects us in some of the most beautiful ways. Whether its with family, friends, community, or even when you are alone. Eating food, especially food from back home, it gives us a chance to connect with our roots and understand the history. So what is it that I have created?
I have created a project for myself, and those who want to participate in a thing I like to call, “The Weekly Wonders of the World”.
It revolves around finding ways to experience and learn about cultures at home. Learning about a variety of cultures in today’s day and age is not difficult. We have the internet so I like to take advantage on educating myself about others.
I have created a jar filled with 200 popsicle sticks. It includes all 195 countries around the world, as well as a couple prompts to make things interesting.
Once a week, or twice a month, I will pull out a popsicle stick at random. The country that I have selected will then be the country I learn about that week. I will be documenting everything on what I have learned. Whether it is about their language, history, and their culture. But my main challenge will be to learn how to make an authentic dish (well as authentic as it can get).
I, for one, am not really the best cook. I can make a bomb red sauce, and I enjoy making my 떡볶이(Korean Spicy Rice Cakes), but I want to learn some more interesting dishes to add into my cook book.
I am not only using this as a project to help myself, and my community grow in terms of how open minded we are, but I am hoping I can use this as a way to promote love for diversity. In a world like today, we are exposed to so many beautiful backgrounds and we should truly celebrate each and every one of them. I want to use this as an opportunity to educate and be open to learning more. It doesn’t hurt to have extra, accurate information stored in the back of your brain. On top of that, I am trying to pass down this jar to my kids. I want my future children to be able to learn about the world in more ways than one. To not judge or bully a kid for having more traditional food in their lunch boxes. I believe this can be a fun way to bond with family as well as learn about the world in an authentic and genuine matter.
I mean of course, this will have to avoid a lot of cultural appropriation. This is more about cultural appreciation.
When it comes down to what we can do to achieve more unison and peace in our society, we should learn to respect and appreciate everyone’s differences. We all will never be able to see things the same way, but if we can expand our minds, we can make progress.
Anyhow! My first country of the week is Samoa! I am looking forward to learning more! So far I’ve picked up on a few phrases, and I have been checking out some yummy dishes! (as you can check down below)
We will see how this goes, and if I truly fail… Or will success happen????Dun.. dun…dunnnnnnnn
You can follow me on @presti_gexix on Instagram, and follow the journey! If you have any input in how I can improve on this project, please leave a comment down below! Also If you want to try this out with me, dm me, or follow the hashtag #wwwwj (Weekly Wonders of the World with Jasmine)! Let me know if I should also start creating or selling these kits for them!
Fa’afetai ma Manuia le aso! Ou te alofa ia te oe !Tofa
ALSO SONG OF THE WEEK!
AALIYAH by Velody, Benny Vee and Kid Stally (AKA Mr. World Tonga 2019)
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Hi loves! It’s been so crazy and hectic with everything that is going on in the world. But I am happy to see that more and more people are educated about the virus and taking precautions to prevent it from spreading to other people, especially the elderly and children 😷
At the same time, social-distancing has prevented us from going to school, work, gym, etc. From time to time, my fellow pageant queens and I have discussions on how to stay busy and productive during this pandemic. Today I’m excited to share some of my findings and learnings from my peers.
i. On-line Classes & Certifications
One of my favorite things to do is to learn new things. In the past, I have been certified professionally as a project manager, IT service management practitioner, and even as a registered yoga teacher! 🧘🏻♀️ Not only are there inexpensive online classes you can take on websites such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, we can also take advantage of guide books and self-study groups. When I was applying for college, I went to several forums to find like-minded high school peers to study with virtually, and I have remained friends with almost all of them! The best thing about getting certified is that once the pandemic is over, you will be one of the top candidates for most jobs you apply to. So why wait when you have all the free time in the world? 😉
ii. Home Workouts
As a pageant girl, I am always looking for ways to stay healthy and improve my fitness routine. Since almost all gyms are closed, I have to be more creative in home workouts, especially on a yoga mat. I have to admit, that at first, it was a struggle to avoid kicking my furniture (I live in a studio) and keep noise level to a minimum. Since I have done yoga for many years before COVID, it is easier for me to get back into the habit. For those that are just starting to work out on a mat, I recommend watching lots of YouTube videos, and figuring out your own pace and frequency. A lot of my coworkers have suggested at-home workout machines such as Peloton. 🚲 They seem to have helped them achieve the workouts they need, but they can be an expensive long-term investment.
iii. Remote Jobs
One of my first jobs is actually being a high school tutor! I tutored 2 kids in middle school and absolutely enjoyed the experience. Being at home does not mean you can’t get some extra $$ tutoring students, or even teaching a music instrument! In fact, I’m currently take guitar 🎸classes online, and with technology, it’s never been easier to pick up an instrument at the comfort of your own home. Most of time, you don’t even need a fancy laptop; an iPad or even a smart phone will suffice. As schools are closed, more and more students will be stuck at home, with more free time to learn and explore online. Before you start watching Netflix and sleeping your days away, get online, spread your knowledge, and get paid! 💻
Voila! I hope you find these tips helpful. Don’t forget to follow us on social media. 👇🏻Whether you are a pageant girl or not, feel free to reach out and let me know if you have feedback on my blogs. 👑 As always, stay safe and stay tuned for my next post!
Bonjour! Welcome to my first blog post as Miss Calgary World 2020. My name is Fiona and it’s been such a great honor to be a part of the Miss World Canada pageant. I am excited to give you a sneak peek into what I have learned from pageants in this blog. Please feel free to reach out if you share similar viewpoints as me. 😘
Growing up, I have always dreamed of being a pageant girl. Before Miss World Canada, I participated in Miss Chinese New York and Miss Chinese Cosmos. Even though I have had my fair share of failures, each time I am doing a little bit better than the last time. I learned new tricks to improve my hair and makeup; I tried new workouts to make me appear more toned; but most importantly, I learned more about myself through each journey. It might be surprising to some but, in pageants, there is more to friendship than competition. Some of my best friends were made through pageantry, and some of the best lessons learned come from losing a pageant.
Before participating in pageants, I was so nervous about speaking out in public, performing on stage and initiating conversations with strangers. Being in pageants truly changed my perspective on life:
Take courage and begin facing your fears.
It’s not everyday that you step outside of your comfort zone. But once you do, do it well and try your best. All your fears now will transform into something natural to you down the road.
I cannot stress more the importance of expressing gratitude to those who have helped you. I would not be me without the people that have lifted me up, listened, and given advice when I am down. We need all the support we can get, but more importantly, we should be grateful to have it at all.
Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.
There are so many stereotypes and assumptions in this world. I used to catch myself getting overwhelmed by them and questioning myself if I could actually do it. Do it. There is no one stopping you from doing something great. Sometimes we are our own hurdles to jump through. If I succumbed to the potential judgment I would get as a pageant girl, I would not have met so many wonderful ladies, and had such eye-opening experiences home and abroad. Lastly,
Embrace your life because it is already amazing. The world is big and it’s waiting for you to explore and conquer. In the meantime, don’t forget to put a smile on your face 😀
Greetings! I hope you are all doing fine and staying home safe and healthy.
My name is Sophia Sy De Guzman and I was recently crowned as Miss Alberta World 2020 this early March. I’m currently 18 (turning 19 in less than two months) and from the city of Fort McMurray. I have a passion for many things in life and pageant is definitely one of them.
I was born on a small island in the Philippines and was gifted with loving parents. I came to Canada and lived in Fort McMurray from the age of 7. From there I’ve been in school to continuously work hard for what my parents have done to give me better opportunities. Right now I am enrolled in a college in my hometown, Keyano College in preparation to fulfill my dream as a Registered Nurse.
I wanted to experience as much as I could. To explore new things and to widen my taste as I develop to my teen years. As a result of that, I have many hobbies that I move towards if I ever have the time. From elementary to high school, I was involved in various sports, such as basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Therefore, I was rewarded “Female Athlete of the Year 2015” when I was in eight grade. Outside of school, I started to practice taekwondo for several years. I have competed provincially as a black belted student which I received a Gold medal in sparring in the Alberta Taekwondo competition 2018.
Music had impacted me through my conflicting years as a teenager. It gives a form of escape and a relatable feeling, but I don’t just listen to songs daily, I also play multiple instruments, such as the piano, acoustic guitar, and the flute. In my first years living in Canada, I had taken lessons in piano to improve my listening skills and my passion in music. Now I am self-taught and currently learning new things about the many ways it’s played. I only recently started to play the acoustic guitar. It was hard in the beginning, but I never failed to play it continuously until I learned the techniques. Learning the flute was the beginning to me experiencing the teamwork of many people who are into music. It was the start of when I joined an option class, ‘band’ in middle school that lasted until my last year of high school. Though it is difficult to master, the days in those classes taught me that practices will have an effect and that music is something that we can all feel deeply connected to even though we might not know it.
This next hobby of mine that has stuck on me for as long as I can remember and that is drawing. Whether it be traditionally on paper, digital on technologies or painting on various canvases, drawing was one of the hobbies I could not give up. It was another form of escape if I couldn’t listen to music nor play a sport. I could endlessly scribble on my notepad if I wanted to. Lastly, I want to travel. I want to explore and widen my perspective of the world. I don’t like staying in one place and traveling is another form of escape of mine, but it is also a great feeling and lots of joy finding and learning new things.
As I grew up most of my life in Fort McMurray, I am easily drawn to volunteering anywhere. My mother and I wanted to give back to the community that gave us joy and new experiences as Fort McMurray kept growing as a society. Therefore, I volunteered to many association groups, such as our local Food Bank, Canadian Cancer Society, the Boys & Girls Club, Northern Lights Health Foundation, the Waypoints, and the Filipino Canadian Association. Volunteering has taught me to be helpful to others, to be wise and to give out what I can because I know that not everyone can have the life I was given. I was devoted to giving out a helping hand and because of this, I was nominated and selected to be given the award “Top 50 Under 50 2017” in our local, “Your McMurray Magazine.” I would never have thought I would get such an honor to be part of this.
Doing pageants was never my dream as a child because I was extremely shy and not suitable to be a beauty pageant girl. My first exposure to pageants is ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.’ I thought it was cool and it looked really fun. Suddenly, in 2012, a day came where a pageant was being hosted in Fort McMurray and my mom asked if I wanted to try it out. I said sure because I was only ‘trying it out’ and I was convinced I wouldn’t win anything.
Boy I was wrong! Haha!
I won my very first pageant! It seems that I wasn’t shy as I thought, but I did want to keep doing pageants as it helped me build self-esteem and break out of my shell. And I eventually did! In my years of being part of the pageantry, I’ve also been given titles.
In 2016, I was crowned as National Canadian Jr. Teen Miss at the age of 15.
In 2017, I was crowned Canadian Teen Model Miss at the age of 16.
As highschool came around, I decided to take a break from pageants to focus on my studies. After graduating, my mom asked me if I wanted to join Miss World Canada. Of course I said “YES!” and I was extremely nervous and excited at the same time. Getting back into pageants was not easy, but I had the support I needed to prepare in competing. Two months prior to the pageant week, I had the opportunity to be coached from Lisa Harrigan who taught me the techniques and skills expected in the preliminary- Miss World Alberta in Calgary. Then the pageant week came and I met the most amazing and beautiful girls. Though it was only two days of the competition, I felt like we’ve known each other for a long time. The pageant went smoothly as well and I cannot wait to see them again in Miss World Canada this July.
The most exciting part of it all was the crowning moment. As they started to call the delegates who will move on to Nationals, I could not believe my ears as they called my name for MISS ALBERTA WORLD 2020. All the hard work I’ve put into was paid off and I could not have done it without the support from my parents and my coach (Lisa). Now I have a voice to use to bring out my beauty with a purpose. At the same time, I will be preparing myself for Miss World Canada and hope to meet more amazing girls!
My Beauty with A Purpose:
As my dream career is to be a Registered Nurse, I want to dedicate my life to helping others and giving them the needs to help them live a fulfilling life. This relates to my desire to travel around the world. I do want to explore and see the great views and insights in every country, but I also want to help those who are in need- physically, emotionally and mentally. Those suffering from poverty, or in an abusive way. Hence, I am focusing more on the children in this matter.
Therefore, I am passionate to be a Child Advocate.
A Child Advocate supports children who are in vulnerable situations and positions in society. This expands to children who lack the basic needs, education, health and safety. Furthermore, I want to be a role model to the young generation to lead them in the right direction with the right education and support.
To achieve this heavy weighted goal of mine, I would need to stay focused on the path. The world is changing as we know it and it’s up to us younglings to fix the problems we are all facing today. It’s not an easy task, but I know it’s not impossible to do so.
A big hello and welcome to all my sexy, beautiful people out there! My name is Jasmine Elahee! Let me get a bit comfy with all of you and give a deep dive and scoop on who I am! Grab a refreshment and lets embark on this journey together.
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I am a 21 (22 in a couple of days ehe) year old woman from Calgary! I was blessed to have compete and gain my position amongst the Top 5 for Miss Alberta world! I have to admit… That was an epic moment for me and all my loved ones.
I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta. I am a first generation Mauritian Canadian, and I take pride in both my country and my heritage. I was blessed to have been born into a MASSIVE (and I mean massive people) family. They are spread world wide, but they are the most magnificent and beautiful people in my life. Probably my biggest inspiration too.
Currently I am a student at Mount Royal University who is majoring in Anthropology and Communications. I can be described as a very curious person on topics of cultures, history, philosophy and languages (thus the anthropology major). I spend my free time doing research and studies on Religions. (I like to dork out over classic studies)
If you are curious about my hobbies and interests.. Lemme tell you… It almost seems like I have a ton of free time, but truly.. I am just too curious for my own good!
I was born to be a dancer. My mother always reminds me, when she went to go watch Titanic for the first time in theatres with my father, Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on” . While she was enjoying that beautiful scene, I was busy waltzing in the womb.
For real though, I was always a dancer. When I was a wee child, my parents made sure I had a taste of everything. (THANK YOU MOM AND DAD). So I performed Bharatnatyam as a toddler, then I took hip hop with my brother. I found a deep passion for hip hop, but due to a series of unfortunate events I had to stop. I ended up teaching myself how to dance for years, and I had to admit… I wasn’t half bad haha. In middle school, I pushed hard to teach myself how to dance with a variety of styles within the hip hop genre, due to an audition I was supposed to attend. In that mean time, I taught myself Korean and taught myself how to sing and dance.
I found my niche in learning other languages, and spent a lot of time studying history in order to improve my ability to learn quicker. I spend a lot of time emerging myself in others cultures and enjoying global entertainment.
I also was fortunate to have my parents be obsessed with travelling. I have met so many wonderful people around the world, and it has given me so much inspiration in life. To experience and appreciate a wide spread of people, cultures and history. I am also a huge foodie. I love trying new foods, also a guilty pleasure in ways.
I have a very artistic bloodline. I learned to love music, drawing and painting through my family and friends. My dad’s side of the family are a bunch of talented musicians, while my moms side has an eye for aesthetics. My brother and I spend hours discussing music and film, as we are obsessed with the depth those have put into the entertainment world.
As a child I was also a major tomboy. I took joy in wrestling and soccer. I found a fascination with video games, comic books, and action movies. It was such a profound passion of mine, that 2 years ago, I began my passion project for creating my own comic series. (It is yet to be released, but it has to be perfect!). That also means, I never would have imagined I was going to go for a pageant. Like… Ever…
On a more personal note, my life … Has been very fruitful with experiences. There was many events in my lifetime that occurred, but made me into the person I am. I also volunteer alongside Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse is a common thing me and my loved ones share in experience. I spend my time helping those to give back to the community that helped my family and friends in those difficult times. I have also spent my time volunteering by feeding the homeless, and within a variety of cultural groups, mainly CMCA. I also volunteer with the Hip Hop Community within Calgary too! The amazing talent and community is hard to avoid.
So, as I mentioned before. Never thought I would do a pageant. It was not until spring of 2019 when I began following my first one. It was Mister World 2019. I was super curious, because I never thought there was a male pageant!(I know.. I am like Partick Star from Spongebob. I live under a rock apparently!) So throughout the year, I followed one specific mister world, I won’t name names, but it lead me to following each and every other contestants by the time Mr. World was to occur in August. I was more than honoured to actually converse with the gentlemen throughout the competition, and I have to admit… They were super humble! Because of their humility, it lead me to grow more curious in the pageant world. I was on vacation around that time, and because of the people around me, and the great support from a variety of the Mr World contestants.. I applied for Miss World Canada 2020… And lemme tell you!.. I had so many regrets at first. 2019 was a year for me to really build myself. (If you want to know the full story, check out prestigexix.tumblr.com) It’s a long story.
So Miss World Alberta 2020 was my first pageant. It took a lot of preparation, and a whole lot of nerves before it started. The moment the actual competition began, I was beyond ecstatic. I met some of the most beautiful people with souls of gold! I mean, with a girl like myself throwing out pop culture references as if I were Spiderman and not get judged? Yeah, those girls were super amazing! I couldn’t have been more proud of those women. I was so nervous at first, and I felt bad because I was missing my brothers birthday, but my family stuck right behind me and supported me in this pageant.
So when I was on stage during the crowning and they had called my number for making the raising the most amount of money for Cardiac Kids.. Not gonna lie, It was the first time I forgot my number thoughout the whole weekend! I was shocked! I felt the tears well up in my eyes, and my heart felt like it had stopped! Even now! I still look at my crown and think “Woah.. I am going to nationals!? Are you kidding!?”. What a magical moment. I truly could not have made it this far without the love and support of my massive family worldwide, my community in Calgary, and my dearest friends.
So what now? What have I been doing?
So far, I had signed up for multiple events! I wanted to go and celebrate the beautiful cultures and collectives of Canada. A week after my crowning, I got to stand in city hall with my beautiful crown, and celebrate the Mauritian Independence. Being a Canadian means we can celebrate our identities freely but in unison. It was such an honour to watch my communities eyes glisten and marvel at the crown. I am an average woman, but I know I will make my people proud. BUT! …there is a but… With the unfavourable circumstances my plans were cancelled. I mean, we all know how it feels, but we have to keep our head up! STAY STRONG EVERYONE ! <3
BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE
So my beauty with a purpose, which many people have been curious about is one that speaks loudly to me. Yes, I want to use my platform to celebrate people and culture, but my passion project is to advocate, raise awareness and create program for domestic violence and sexual abuse. As I mentioned earlier, it is a topic that is close to home. I am hoping I can teach young adults and students on how they can help or what they can do when these tough scenarios occur. Many people know it happens, and with projects like #MeToo and the Joyful Heart foundation it has raised awareness. I want to teach people how to identify a problem, to give real resources when people need it and to teach the difference between a healthy and a toxic relationship. To also help those find ways to relieve stress to avoid those types of situations. When my loved ones, or even myself needed that help, it was initially very hard to find those tools. I believe that every person should have access, not only for themselves, or their loved ones. I want people to be able to build a community to truly help those when they are too scared to find that help.
Well I hope that wasn’t too much to read ^^;
That is the insight on me, I mean it is quite brief, but I promise that you will learn more along the way. I also want to give a great big thank you to each and every person who had followed my journey thus far. Thank you to those who shared, donated and voted for me! I promise I will not let you down. Once again, I could have not done it without you all. You all are loved and are amazing.
To my newest readers, thank you for taking you time out of your day, and I hope you follow my journey! Follow me on all my socials, por favor! They will most likely be linked soon. But here!
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