So excited to be in Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada again! Miss Teenage Canada 2017 was one of the best weeks of my life and its something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

This is my second year at Miss Teenage Canada and I’m so excited to see what the rest of the week will bring me. Yesterday we had our orientation and meet & greet where all the delegates and the chaperones/directors got to mingle and get to know each other. I have the best roommates and I’m so happy that I was put into a room with them!

Today was the interview, photoshoot, and videoshoot. I feel really confident with how I did and I know that I tried my absolute best. My makeup artist, Serena from Modern Makeup, did a phenomenal job on making my makeup natural and flawless; if you know me then you know I LOVVVE glitter, sparkles, pink, anything super girly girl!

left to right: Miss Teenage Waterloo, Me, Miss Teenage Algoma, Miss Teenage Alberta

The products that came in our MTC sponsor bag. Thank you to Mac Cosmetics

Most pageants wouldn’t be possible without sponsors; for the delegates and for the directors. Sponsors donate products to the pageant, whether it be jewelry, makeup, or food. Clean Meals Canada ( https://cleanmeals.ca/ ) is one of the sponsors for this pageant and they gave the delegates some healthy meals on the go. With a huge variety of food, salmon, rice, vegetables, lasagna, and more. Its so easy to get their food too! All you have to do is visit their website and pick your package, and they will deliver it to your door… it’s that easy!

Another sponsor is the Local Cafe and Restaurant for providing us with a really yummy breakfast that fills us up and prepares us for the day.

The last sponsor that I would like to thank is LevelWear for providing the delegates with some amazing windbreakers and sweaters. Toronto can for sure have some unpredictable weather so it will come in handy!! Tomorrow we are travelling and sight seeing in Toronto so who knows… we might need those coats!! I’ll be posting more updates so be sure to follow my other accounts!

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The stereotypical view of pageant girls is that we are stuck-up drama queens who are nothing but pretty girls. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Pageant girls are helping, volunteering, charismatic, donating people and the list could go on forever.

Ever since I started pageants in 2017, I have grown and changed into a wonderful woman. I used to be very insecure with how I looked and I suffered from severe social anxiety. From the moment I stepped foot into registration at Miss North Ontario 2017, I went from just Faith, to a happy, outgoing, confident Faith.

The Miss North Ontario pageant is amazing for creating friendships and realizing the true meaning of beauty. The workshops we attend, covering topics from self-esteem, to banking, to crystal healing, all give the delegates knowledge that they need in the real world. The runway and interview workshops help first time delegates to understand and succeed in pageantry, making it feel like a sisterhood instead of a competition. The girls spend lots of time getting to know each other and by the end of the week, leaving feels impossible.

You get to know your roommates the best and you create such a strong bond from everything you go through together. From early morning alarm clocks and late night teeth grinding (sorry to my roomies lol), you start and end with the one you share your space with. They help you zip your dress when its too difficult, they let you use their makeup, they share their beauty secrets with you, and so much more.

Being a pageant girl also means lots of volunteering. We love to spread happiness and joy in any way that we can. Pageant girls each have a platform which is something that they want to spread awareness for. We dedicate our time to educating others on what is important to us so that we can help fix any problems in our world. My platform is hearing loss and deaf awareness and I have done as much as I can to make a positive impact in deaf peoples lives through my pageant endeavours.

The feeling of being on stage is what has impacted my life the most. Being on stage in front of the lights, feeling like your best self and wanting to show the world, is the greatest feeling ever. I used to hate being in front of people and performing. I was afraid of messing up and embarrassing myself. Now, the world is my runway. I look forward to each and every morning and I want to present myself positively so that I can inspire others. I am no longer afraid of messing up if I know I’ve tried my best. The largest part of confidence is being able to own and grow from your mistakes, because you are not your mistakes. As a model, I had to learn this on my own and it made me a more passionate outgoing person. Because of this, I was offered the opportunity to be the Covergirl for T-Era Models, based in Montreal. They have an amazing 6-week modelling program that teach you everything you need to know from interviews, to outfits, to makeup, and so much more. I will also be working closely with T-Era while they plan on creating an affordable yet fun pageant that any girl would be able to participate in. If you are looking for more info on this amazing modelling agency, then you can message me on any of my platforms to find out more.

I recommend pageants to everyone that asks me how to start modelling. Pageants give you the doors to other opportunities in talents, acting, modelling, and more. They have changed my life for the better. This is a period of my life that I will remember forever. No matter how I place in Miss Teenage Canada 2018, I will be proud of the outcome because I am a strong, amazing woman, and I know that I have made even the smallest positive impact in some peoples lives.

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If you don’t live in Northern Ontario then you probably don’t know much about my hometown, Sudbury. I am so grateful to be representing a beautiful city- and here’s why.

Sudbury has so many amazing aspects to it, both in nature and culture. One of the reasons that I am so grateful for my city is that we have 330 (!!!) freshwater lakes in our single city. Lake Wahnapitae is the largest lake in the world to be contained in one municipality- with Ramsey Lake placing in second. To have so much access to water is truly a blessing. In many cities in close proximity to Sudbury, such as Toronto, there are merely 20 lakes. It is vital to have freshwater so that we can not only eat/drink, but also cool off in the hot summer sun.

Sudbury is the 3rd most bilingual city in Canada outside of Quebec. It has a very diverse culture and recognizes all of them. Sudbury has the bridge of nations, the Ukrainian Church, the Caruso Club, and other ways of celebrating the vast cultures. It always feels good to be part of an accepting community that supports you through your differences.

The Bridge of Nations

Sudbury takes very good care of our nature and we value conservation in our forests and lakes. Sudbury even earned the United Nations Local Government Award and the United States Chevron award for our practices in conserving our nature. My favourite place to go is the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area where there are kilometres on end of beautiful trails and a very aggressive conservative system for their lake- meaning there are tons of cute turtles and frogs!

One of my favourite ways to wind down is fishing. Ive been fishing for 5 years and it is still as fun as when I first tried. Having access to so many lakes makes all my fishing experiences unique from one another. However, every fishing trip is memorable.

I love living in such a beautiful city and beautiful country. Being Canadian is one of the greatest gifts I was ever given. To have freedom and to feel secure with your surroundings is such a pure feeling and I’m glad I get to feel that everyday.

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During my provincial pageant, Miss North Ontario, I was crowned the Covergirl for the mother agency T-Era Models & Cosmetics. From the moment I heard that someone would be chosen to represent an agency and travel to Montreal for a photoshoot, I knew that it was something meant for me.

To be a model is so much more than being the book definition of “pretty”. If you want to be a model, you have to be outgoing, genuinely happy, hard-working, and most importantly; confident.

Everybody has insecurities, everybody makes mistakes, and nobody is perfect. During my interview, Lynn asked me if I’m confident. Of course there are things about myself that I would change physically and spiritually. However, I am still confident because I believe in my abilities and I know that my inner happiness radiates my beauty more than any amount of makeup or plastic surgery could. So I told the judges, “Of course I’m confident, but it took me a lot to get myself to where I am today.”

When I was crowned the Covergirl, it felt like everything I’d been working towards for the past 2 years was finally recognized. I knew being in this agency would open so many doors for me in modelling, pageants, and talents.

July 21st was my scheduled photoshoot with Red Reflection Photography. Red Reflection is know for their hollywood-style, hi-definition photos. My makeup artist, Catherine, also generously donated her time to do my makeup. That weekend, Catherine was also working with ADAM SANDLER and JENNIFER ANISTON as their MUA (Makeup Artist). How crazy?!

Catherine was an amazing MUA as she explained everything she was doing and she gave me makeup tips for my specific face shape, skin type, and eye colour. She made my makeup look flawless for the camera with a smokey eye. The better the quality of makeup, the easier the job for the MUA. I had a full face of T-Era makeup and the quality lasted all day. When the new website launches for T-Era Cosmetics, I will be on the front of the website. I will be sure to share the link with you all so that you can try out this amazing line of products.

Stephan, the photographer from Red Reflections, was amazing to work with. He made me feel comfortable in front of the camera and he taught me A LOT about how to pose my body and how to depict certain facial expressions. His camera and his gear worked amazing for showing skin detail; most people would be afraid of this- but with my T-Era makeup on, I was ready.

The rest of the weekend consisted of shopping and sightseeing. We visited the gorgeous Montreal Old Port where we dined in an outdoor restaurant and looked at the beauty the world has to offer. Quebec has cobblestone roads and walkways that give you a warm feeling of history in your heart. There are vendors all along the streets that sell food, souvenirs, and more. We then visited some wedding/prom dress stores in search for my finals gown. One street had an entire block dedicated to dresses- it felt like heaven!

Montreal definitely has a piece of my heart and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to return in February to judge a pageant. This experience was definitely one to remember, and it is all thanks to Lynn Gauvreau for personally selecting me to be her model. Another thank you goes out to Cheryl Kozera for supporting my in all my pageant endeavours and encouraging me to do Miss North Ontario again. If I didn’t do MNO 2018, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My last thank you goes out to Joan Hart for teaching me all the unknown tricks to pageantry and modelling, preparing me huge time for nationals. I am so excited to be representing an amazing brand for the upcoming year and I can’t wait to share with you all this AMAZING line of products.

Until next time, Montreal.

 

 

 

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If you’ve been following any of my pageant platforms then you know that my platform is hearing loss & deaf awareness. This has been my platform since I started pageants and Miss Teenage Canada 2018 will be my 5th pageant. The reason I’ve held on so tightly to this platform is because I suffered from hearing loss for a year and worked very hard on recovering. If you aren’t very educated in the science of ears/history of deaf culture, this blog post will tell you everything you need to know and more. By sharing my story of how I lost my hearing and how I conquered it, I hope to spread more light for my platform and show people how passionate I am about it.

The story began when I went cliff jumping with some friends. We stood on a cliff that’s right below a bridge. The bridge has a rope swing tied to it that we can swing off of from the cliff. When I tried the rope swing for the first time, I went too deep in the water very quickly. This is extremely dangerous because our eustachian tubes (connects from throat to middle ear) are unable to dilate, meaning air can no longer enter or leave the middle ear cavity. As a result of the negative air pressure in the middle ear, it can cause the ear drum to rupture.

For the next few days after, I had extreme headaches/earaches and I felt my hearing slowly starting to fade. I had fluid draining from my ear so I went to my family doctor and he said there was a clear rupture in my eardrum with an infection in my middle ear. He prescribed me antibiotics and Tylenol 3’s and sent me home. He had no idea the severity that my condition would turn out to be.

I was bedridden for a few weeks.

I knew that the antibiotics weren’t working because my ear progressively began feeling “heavier”. By blocking the ear I could hear out of, it felt like I lost approximately 80% of my hearing in my other (left) ear. Eventually, my ear started to drain blood, which I knew was not a good sign. So I went to the hospital instead, where they just prescribed me a larger dose of the same antibiotics and some Morphine.

If you’ve noticed by now that I was prescribed both Codeine (Tylenol 3) AND Morphine, you’d realize that my nervous system must’ve been very slow from the mix of opioids. There are a lot of complications that can occur from this and I happened to have a reaction of some sort that caused my face and throat to swell. As a result, I spent the immediate next night at the hospital again where they worked on controlling my intake of medication and then they sent me home again.

Fast forwarding to 2 weeks and 4 hospital trips later, on my way to my friends house I realized that when I smiled, the left side of my face wouldn’t move as much as my right. By the end of the night, the left side of my face was completely paralyzed. This was a clear indicator that the infection had spread to my face, so we went to the hospital. At this time, they realized the severity of the infection and I was admitted in to the hospital (finally!!).

(<<< Left side) wouldn’t move so when I smiled only my right side would be smiling

In the hospital I had to put cream in my eye and wear an eyepatch because my eye couldn’t blink and was getting dry. They gave me antibiotics through an IV because it had to attack the bacteria directly. After some tests, the doctors diagnosed me with Mastoiditis infected by the Streptococcus bacteria (which is actually pretty rare). The mastoid bone is a bone behind the ear that has air pockets, responsible for protecting the inner ear from temperature changes and pressure changes. By having the mastoid air pockets filled with a bacteria, it caused hearing loss. The facial nerve runs directly through the mastoid bone, which is why my face/neck were stiff and paralyzed. The streptococcus bacteria is commonly found in the throat, but when found in the ear accompanied by a rupture, my nurse told me it is known to have pain comparable to child birth.

The doctors decided to put a tube through the rupture in my ear so that any fluid in my middle ear could drain out. Since the ear drum is extremely (emphasis on the extremely) sensitive, I was put under anaesthetics even though it would be a quick operation.

For the next few days in the hospital I was still in a lot of pain. However, I did recover tremendously better throughout the 5 days in the hospital on IV fluids than I did in 3 weeks with oral antibiotics at home. I still felt a pressure on my ear but I assumed that it was because of the infection. On my 5th day in the hospital, the doctor checked on the tube in my ear because I said it felt out of place. He said that the tube could move easily by just sneezing and that mine appeared to have moved. As I said earlier, when he initially put the tube in my ear drum, I was under anaesthetics because the ear drum is extremely sensitive. This time, when he saw the tube out of place, he went to go fix the placing of it while I was awake. This put me in screaming pain as he was trying to grab hold of the tube and reposition it. While this was happening, he lost grip of the tube and dropped the tube into my middle ear. This is a medical hazard because the tube is a foreign object that can build and hold on to more bacteria. He sent me back up to my room where he told me he would speak to other doctors about what to do next.

Taken right after he dropped the tube.

A few hours later the doctor returned to tell me that he is unable to grab the tube because it would be too invasive and that I would have to wait until the rupture is healed because when they get the tube they have to cut open the ear drum to access the inner ear. That night, they discharged me from the hospital. It was concerning for my family and I because the doctor had made a surgical mistake and then sent me home after.

The solution was for me to go to Sick Kids in Toronto where I had an ENT who would remove the tube. Until that time, I had to be very careful while I was recovering. I had an extreme fear of water where I would be afraid to shower because I might get water in my ears. Even now, 3 years later, although I am okay to shower, I am still too afraid to go underwater. I was also very scared of the cold air/wind because it would feel as though my eardrum is being pierced. I wore ridiculous looking ear-muffs for the entire fall and winter because I was terrified of the pain that could come. I also had to stop the sports I loved, like gymnastics, because the tube in my middle ear caused my balance to be extremely off. In football/soccer, I had an ear plug to stop the wind but it just made communication between my teammates and I more difficult. I no longer could play piano, go to school dances, or listen to music through my earphones because any close noise irritated my ear drum- but I also could barely hear the people around me because my mastoid bone was infected and was interrupting any communication between my ear and my brain. Basically, there was no winning for me.

I was discharged from the hospital in July and the tube was removed in November. Removing the tube was the first step to beating hearing loss because there was no longer something interrupting my hearing and infection-healing process. The surgery itself did induce hearing loss even more because they had to cut my ear drum, and it took around a year for my hearing to come back completely.

Having hearing loss has opened my eyes to so many different aspects of life and it has inspired me to be a strong woman. Of course it was really difficult at first. I learned that people don’t like to repeat themselves, people don’t like to speak too loud, and that it can be really embarrassing to explain to strangers why they have to exaggerate their words. Having hearing loss made me feel like I didn’t have a voice. Which is exactly why I want to spread awareness for those who suffer from hearing loss or deafness. I understand the pain of not being understood for your differences.

Learning sign language was by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. By learning how to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing, it’s opened tons of doors for me in the work place, school, and mostly pageants. I’ve met some amazing deaf people through my sign language classes at the Canadian Hearing Society and I will even be doing a placement there for a credit in school. I love how enthusiastic people are to learn sign language and about deaf culture. Last year at Miss Teenage Canada, I remember teaching a group of girls sign language and they began to use the sign language the rest of the week. I love to show people how easy it is to learn sign language with some hard work.

I am so excited to spread awareness again this year for deaf culture and show people that hearing loss can be difficult to live with- but it is the people around them that can help improve their quality of life. It can be as simple as educating yourself on deaf etiquette in case you encounter a deaf person while at work.

I love to educate people on sign language and deaf culture so if you are ever interested in learning more then feel free to contact me on any of my pageant platforms!! Thank you so much for reading this story about how I conquered hearing loss, and I hope you understand just a little more how passionate I am about my platform.

 

 

 

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Hi everyone! I am Faith from Sudbury, Ontario and I’m very excited to be competing in Miss Teenage Canada for my second year!

Last year I had the best week of my life. Miss Teenage Canada 2017 was truly a life-changing experience. I met some of the most amazing women from across the country, who I still keep in contact with today. At MTC, I learned how to love myself from the inside out, and how to inspire other women to love themselves. Ever since, I have been working tirelessly as a pageant girl to still radiate positivity wherever I go.

Competing in MTC in 2017, I placed in the top 10. Although I had thought my pageant journey to be over, I was chosen to compete in an international pageant, Miss Teen International H2O Ambassador. This pageant took place in Curacao, South America. With a week full of sunshine and pageant festivities, I met some beautiful ladies from across the world- Mexico, Belgium, Panama, Netherlands, Venezuela, and more. My goal for the pageant was to represent my country positively. I felt that sense of accomplishment when I won the Miss Friendship (Amity) award, further proving that Canadians are nice people 🙂

Finals – Evening Gown 

I am so grateful that I was able to compete in 2 pageants with my good friend Emma Morrison, who has been a wonderful example in the pageant world. Soon before MTC week, Emma will be competing in Miss Teenager Universe. I am so excited to watch a good friend represent our country just like I once did, and I am even more excited to watch her rock that stage! I recently saw emma in our provincial qualifier in April where she handed off her title to our current Miss North Ontario. It will be great to reunite with all the Northern Ontario qualifiers at nationals where we will spend a busy week representing the North!

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