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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Also! Here’s my song of the day! Just for fun!
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