Well, the week has finally come. Today I embarked on my journey to Nationals, and what a journey it was. My morning began at 6am, as I (against my wishes) rolled out of bed to catch my morning flight! What does a pageant queen bring to a National competition, you may ask? Here are just a few of the things I had to remember to pack for this exciting week:
- Nine dresses (these include, among others, my evening gown, photo-shoot, talent gala and orientation night dresses)!
- Necessary documentation, including consent form, “Events Attended” & “Media Interviews” lists, as well as my scholarship essay, which was an optional category I entered in the pageant.
- Toiletries a non-pageant contestant would ever consider… Double-sided tape, butt glue for the swimwear category, a sewing kit, glue gun… You name it, and it’s probably in my bag!
- Ten pairs of shoes… High heels truly are a girl’s best friend! Wedges of all colours, stilettos, sandals, runners, pumps… The list is truly endless.
- My crown and sash. The whole reason I’m at Miss Teenage Canada is because I won the title of Miss Teenage Manitoba 2015! As contenders for the top title, us delegates may as well bring our provincial crowns and sashes along for the ride, to show off the accomplishments we’ve already achieved.
Saying goodbye to loved ones at the airport terminal was not fun, however I knew that they’d all be cheering on for me this week from home! As I walked through the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, I met up with Vienna, Catherine, Dana and Cheyenne, other Manitoban titleholders who were all on my flight! Luckily, many of us were seated close to one another and were able to catch up during the trip. Halfway through our journey a flight attendant tapped me on the shoulder, asking if she could borrow my crown… After agreeing, she took it from me and brought it to the front of the plane, where crew members proceeded to take pictures with it! It was definitely a sight to see. Soon after, the five of us landed safely at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, and proceeded to the hotel to meet the other delegates.
This year’s pageant has a record high number of contestants, with a total of 82 contestants competing for the crown! Getting to know them all at orientation was challenging, though due to my unique ability to remember names extremely easily I feel like I’ll be able to name everyone by the end of tomorrow! (I’ll get back to you with an update on how that goes). This year, I was paired with Gracie McCullough as a roommate, Miss Teenage South Central Saskatchewan. Her and I are truly the dream team… Dancing, singing and goofing around in the room? That’s definitely us. Though it’s only been one day, I’m already able to tell that rooming the rest of the week with her will definitely be a fun experience.
After we got settled into our rooms, the delegates moved upstairs to the Delegate’s Supper! There, we mingled with our fellow contestants, were served a dinner of pizza, salad, and a pink “welcome” cake (cut by the one and only Francesca McFadden, Miss Teenage Canada 2014), and were given some treats from our National sponsors.
Without further adieu, I’d like to say thank you to:
- Angeline McDonald, of Bells and Bows Bridal in Lethbridge, Alberta, for her donation of beautiful opening number earrings and necklace jewelry sets. Did you know that Bells and Bows Bridal has been voted the Best Bridal Shop in Lethbridge for the past five years?
- The Miss Teenage Canada Organization for the custom-made Miss Teenage Canada ball caps.
- Me to We, for the Rafiki Friend Chains. Did you know, that with your own $10 purchase of a Rafiki Friend Chain, you would be supporting a person in a third-world country with a basic necessity such as clean water, health care, nutritional meals or school supplies?
- Golden Glamour Goddesses, for their “heathy skin care package” of bronzing lotion, body butter and a loofah. If you’re searching for the glow of a sun-kissed tan, without the harmful UV rays, look no further than Golden Glamour Goddesses!
After the delegate supper, Gracie and I headed back to the room to call it a night. Though tomorrow we get to wake up at 9am (AKA “sleeping in”, in Miss Teenage Canada time), it’s important that we’re well rested as the photoshoot, video, and panel interview are being completed tomorrow! Day one of Toronto was an exciting experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to the week ahead of me.