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Most people upfront think of things like modelling and pageants as just judge contests. Only the prettiest win, or get jobs. Well I’m here to explain how the world of modelling and pageantry has changed my life, and for the better.

Its presumed that models or pageant girls are not intelligent or posses drive. Well let me tell you that is not the case. Almost all of the women I have met within these entertainment industries are motivated, passionate and intelligent women. Men as well in the modelling aspect. In example of myself, I happen to classify myself as a model and pageant girl but I also happen to be extremely academically gifted. I possess the drive to aim for intellectual success. My life goal is to become a lawyer, and possibly work within the entertainment industry or family law. And I’m not the only one! Many models and pageant girls are brilliant and successful. The current Miss Universe Canada Siera Bearchell, is studying to become a lawyer. It takes a lot of drive to work in these industries, we just also happen to use this drive to become successful in other markets. 

I have grown and learned to love myself through the past year; I can certainly give credit to pageants and modelling for this growth. You would never catch me public speaking to a crowd, walking on stage with grace and confidence, or in front of a camera. I used to hide behind the camera. being the girl that took the pictures. Now I find joy in both! I got the chance to work with a variety of local photographers after winning photogenic at my first pageant Miss North Ontario. From their my career blossomed. I’ve now travelled to model and have had publications in Vogue Italia, Dark Beauty Magazine, and more. 

Throughout this process I didn’t really understand the difficulty behind modelling. I pb20-2277b copythought it was basically standing in front of a camera and voila, you’re a model! Boy was I wrong. Being a model is extremely difficult. You need to practice, practice, practice. Like anything really! But their is a part of it that relies on genetics. The modelling industry can be strict especially in regards to height. I currently stand only 5’7 and this proposes a huge issue to agencies. It was hard at first to find someone willing to represent me, solely based on my height. Then I found Peggi Lepage my current Mother Agent who has given me even the chance to travel to Toronto for a week to model then possibly overseas work! Modelling has allowed me to build thick skin. I know what I offer so I don’t let the little things tear me apart. This is one more thing pageants and modelling have taught me, that if its meant to be its meant to be. All that matters is that I try my absolute hardest. 

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 5.33.14 PMBeing within these industries has given me many opportunities. A few days ago I got the chance to judge a modelling competition with MAS Acting Studios. I got to apply my knowledge of pageants and modelling to help choose a winner! 

In all, pageants and modelling have helped me develop passion for life. I have become a powerful and confident young woman. This industry is Art and passion, not a beauty contest I can assure you that. I hope you can see with this that us pageant and models, are more then just pretty faces, but also that much of this growth of a being is thanks to pageants. 

I hope everyone has a beautiful day! 

Love, Madison

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Hello wonderful people! What a weekend I had last weekend, not only did I graduate and had prom but my two most favourite events of the year happened.

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Relay For life & ALS Walk

 

 

Relay for Life holds a big piece in my heart. Many have been touched by cancer, family, friends, or maybe you even had your battle with such a sad disease. In my situation I lost my Grandma and my Grandfather. The most influential was the loss of my grandma because it happened so fast. One day she was her loving self then the next she was going under a major surgery to find what was wrong with her. Which happened to be cancer. I have been volunteering for the Canadian Cancer society a majority of my life, they are an amazing program and help so many people in the fight against cancer.

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In this picture I gave this adorable young girl the chance to wear my crown because she asked, not because it was too heavy on my head, haha. Just Kidding!

 

 

The next day I had the ALS Walk in support of my Miss North Ontario sister Keatha. She had lost a family member to such a sad disease. I have been touched by this disease as well, not so much in a personal way but in elementary I witnessed my friend experience the disease as he lost his father from it. This disease essentially removes the part of you that makes you, you! I was so sad to know that this could happen to such a loving father.

Volunteering is super important on a morale level but as well as just giving back to the community. I adore programs like ALS Walk and Relay for Life that take the time and effort to put on these events in support of such amazing causes. When we work together we can accomplish amazing things.

Now as I wrap up my last few exams of high school, you’ll hear a lot more from me in the journey to Miss Teenage Canada.

Have a beautiful day everyone! ♡

 

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Warm welcome to Miss Teenage North Ontario‘s Official Miss Teenage Canada Blog!

IMG_3247I was beyond thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for Nationals this year. I am this years Miss North Ontario! I was crowned this title on May 14, one of my most amazing achievements thus far in life. This is a pageant held in Northern Ontario, and unlike the other prerequisite pageants, it holds an age group varying from 13-24. Offering selection to attend either Miss Teenage Canada or Miss Universe Canada. I was privileged to compete against 43 beautiful women inside and out. With my hard work and dedication I won the title, and currently stand as Miss North Ontario 2016.

Now aside from my love for pageants let me tell you a little about myself!

My name is Madison, and I am from Sudbury, Ontario. I stand 5’7 tall with blue/green eyes, and soft brown hair. Interesting fact about me is that my eyes change colour according to my mood! If I’m sad my eyes turn baby blue, if I’m happy they turn green, and if I’m angry they turn to a hazel. Pretty neat right? My eyebrows are thick and different from your average teenaged girl but I love them, they help me stand out! My modelling sparked because an agent loved how different they were! I now am signed with the agency of Peggi LePage, and if it wasn’t for pageantry I would never have gotten into modelling! I’m a typical Northern girl that loves to camp and go fishing, but on the inside I’m a city lover as well.

13339625_1022186347829696_2297584106670071300_nThis year was my final year of high school, I actually graduated on Monday. Graduating from Lockerby Composite as a Viking Scholar for 4 years, within the 90% club and received awards for sociology and english. Now my next step is to attend Queens University in the fall for pre-law on an academic scholarship!! My dream is to become a lawyer, and specialize in the entertainment industry. Education is extremely important to me. I work very hard for the marks I receive and I stay involved within my school and community. I stay involved through sports such as; soccer, dance, swim, flag football, track and cross country. I am involved through committees such as; Students’ Council, Athletic Association, B3, and many more!

These are a few things about me! Please join me on my journey to Miss Teenage Canada. Before I go I want to leave you with my favourite quote. A quote that inspires me to be the best I can be to achieve my inner happiness.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you will succeed.”

 

 

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Hello Everyone! I would love to take this opportunity to intrude myself as your representative for Northern Ontario and a delegate for Miss Teen Canada-World 2013. This February, I participated in Cochrane’s annual princess pageant and was honored with the title of Cochrane’s 50th Miss Chimo (Miss Cochrane) and Miss Public Speaker. Through my participation in this pageant, I got to do take part in many activities throughout my community and meet many new people. During our annual winter carnival, I participated in a pancake eating contest, a wing-a-thong, a princess ball, a smash-up derby and I even jumped into ice cold lake Commando during the polar bear dip. Participating in the Miss Chimo pageant gave me a taste of the world of pageantry and I was instantly hooked!  This pageant allowed me to grow as an individual, gain real life experience through interviews and public speaking as well as help make a difference in my community with fundraising for our local food bank. Three months later, I participated in a regional pageant called Miss North Ontario Regional Canada in Sudbury. Forty two other delegates and I spent the weekend preparing for pageant night and participating in a variety of workshops. This pageant allowed me to fundraise for Northern Ontario Families of Children witch is charitable organization based in Sudbury that is committed to helping families across our Northern Ontario who have a child diagnosed with cancer through support groups, bursaries and a variety of other support programs. This year, we collectively raised a total of forty six thousand dollars to help support this charity. On the final night, I was crowned Miss North Ontario Regional Canada 2013. I also won best in interview, first runner up for public speaking, first runner up for scholastics test and was a finalist for beauty with a purpose which is an award based on community involvement and volunteer work. I am now extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to be selected as a finalist for Miss Teen Canada-world 2013 and look forward to this amazing experience!

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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Harold R. McAlindon

This quote couldn’t describe the lives better of the 4 guest speakers I was fortunate enough to meet Sunday evening. I can honestly say from the point I left the room I gained useful knowledge from their wisdom and the experiences they have shared with us. Our guest speakers Dr. Natalie Archer, Melani Chong, Katrina Hadden and Alexandra Orlando are prime examples of strong Canadian women I am proud to look up to!

Brief Biographies

Dr. Natalie Archer has committed over a decade of her dental career. Her innovation approach to oral health care, and aging is making Runnymede Dental Centre a national leader in geriatric dental care. Her success and volunteer work is well recognized within her profession for her leadership role to young women. She is thrilled to be a motivational speaker and finalist judge in Miss Teen Canada- World.

Melani Chong developed a personalized natural skin care line called ‘Soya Boutique‘ after working in fashion and beauty for over 15 years. As a certified skin care technician and chemist, Melani achieves professional results, high performance skin care with authentic origins while focusing on critical environmental concerns especially with the health of water.

 

Katrina Hadden is a  health and wellness specialist and author of the best selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels. Katrina is committed to many charities and an advocate for positive body image and self esteem in the media such as Dove Self Esteem Campaign workshops in the Ottawa and Toronto area.

 

Alexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class athlete in Rhythmic Gymnastics being a Novice, Junior and a 5 time Senior Canadian Champion including earning a reputation as one of the few non-Europeans at the sports highest level. In 2006, Alexandra co-authored a book about her life and sport titled, “Alexandra Orlando in Pursuit of Victory.” Alexandra has also just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered. Retiring form the sport in 2009, Alexandra has the ability to demonstrate, inspire, and teach. Her love of and support for the athletes moment across Canada and the World is unwavering.

Highlights of the Evening

Success does not come without hard work and dedication. But the most challenging concept, but most well known is sacrifice. What I learnt most from these amazing women was that sacrifice shouldn’t be viewed as negative, but viewed as a chance to make your number one goal become a reality; to just go for it! It doesn’t mean giving up everything but to find a healthy balance between ‘work and play’ while letting no one tell you that you can’t accomplish your dreams!

I find it comforting to know these women, like many before them, experienced the same sort of uncertain times and like me, they were full of questions and naturally worries about their futures. But in the end if you do what you got to do, and as cheesy as it sounds, the universe will guide you to where you’re supposed to be! So go ahead and chase after your dreams, don’t be afraid to hit rock bottom; everyone does at some point! But most importantly I was reminded to embrace everyone possibility and opportunity  open to me and I hope you will to! And remember that so by the time your old and grey, you will be able to look back at the ‘trail’ you created and never be able to say the words, “I wish I did…”, I wish I could’ve…” ~ Nichelle Thomson (a quote I invented)

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Final night at MNORC Pageant

To think this all happened because of Zumba! Without my knowledge the President of the Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant, attended many of my Zumba classes I both lead and helped teach when I was first hired this year. After a total of seven classes, she asked if I would consider looking at participating in the MNORCP. Ironically, I just seen the Miss Teen Canada-World ad on Facebook and was looking into that beforehand. So naturally I jumped at the chance. After a half hour telephone interview, I was awarded the title of Miss Nickel Centre. A new journey began mid May when I was fortunate enough to be crowned Miss North Ontario Regional Canada 2012, and was selected as one of the 8 delegates to enter Miss Teen Canada-World in Toronto.

Standing in front of the Canadian Mental Health Association Building in Sudbury

I’m very honored to be representing Northern Ontario in Miss Teen Canada – World, this year! When I inform people that pageants are not just about ‘beauty’, they are very surprised to hear of the huge commitment pageants actually are. I’m not going to lie, I was guilty as well for perceiving pageants to be only what is shown on TV; ‘all about beauty’. In fact, pageants are more than looking good in a swimsuit or evening gown! To only name a few, it’s about self-confidence, inner beauty and above all, your involvement in the community and abroad. In the past 6 months, I organized two very successful fundraisers for Northern Ontario Families Children with Cancer, and for Free The Children. I have also taken part and supported many other great causes.  Pageants also challenge you to promote what is important to you, like Mental Health Awareness. I presented my platform of bringing awareness to Mental Health at my school a couple weeks ago in honor of our teacher who lost his life to suicide. Only days after my assembly, a teacher that is currently organizing a new Mental Health committee, asked if I would be interested in joining his team. I gladly accepted the role as student representative and I am very excited to be a part of the new committee come next year! I’m very honored to have been considered for this position and to spread the word to other youth across Sudbury and hopefully beyond!

You never know who is watching you! What a snowball effect!!!

 

I want to thank everyone who has been supporting me by reading my blogs the past couple months. All the best to you! **Stay tuned for my next post when I will be at Miss Teen Canada- World! Thanks again, it has been a pleasure!

 

 

 

 

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As you can imagine, the final few days preparing to leave for the pageant can be quite stressful for everyone! Yesterday, in between trying to finish all the requirements that we have to complete come arrival time on the 14th, I had an interview with the Northern Life. The Northern Life is one of the most popular newspapers in Sudbury so it was a perfect opportunity to showcase MTC-W, myself and of course to try to set the record straight about what pageants are really all about! You need more than looks to win a crown! Click here to read the article. Enjoy!

 

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A journey of a thousand kilometres begins with a single step.  

One of the biggest problems is our society today is we don’t get enough exercise. But we hear it so often I really don’t have to tell you that, do I? The real problem is there are a lot of programs, like television commercials, that bring awareness to this issue yet they don’t tell us how to solve it! Quite frankly, things aren’t what they used be and I get that. We all seem to be consistently running from place to place and find ourselves living in a world that runs on “what is most convenient”.

Quiz Time!

Do you think a child living in a family with a higher than average income will more likely be a healthy weight or overweight?

**Don’t just read the answer, think about it……

If you answered ‘more likely to be a healthy weight’ than you’re correct! For a child to be able to participate in extracurricular activities two major factors are considered by the parents/ guardians: the expense and the time. Most often, one or both of these factors don’t work in favor of the parents/ guardians, as a result playing an impact on the child’s lack of daily exercise.

My dream T.V. show is to bring Zumba® to the homes of children because I realize not everyone has the time or can afford to put their kids in after school activities. “Zumba® for Kids” (Zumbatomic®) would be a five-day-a-week, half hour program that encourages children of all ages to get up and move to Latin and kid-friendly music. Zumba® is an upbeat, easy to follow dance workout making it a fun and exciting new way for kids to get fit without even knowing its exercise!

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Me to We Style is an amazing social enterprise that inspires youth to help other children through education around the world! What better way to spread the word of getting young children involved then to promote Me to We on a regular bases in my T.V. show. Raising children’s awareness and getting them to expand their community bubble to take care of ‘a global community’ at a young age, will help to insure a better world for the future!

The Toronto Academy of Acting presents you with a challenging, friendly atmosphere and the best opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for success in the film industry. That is why I would like to team up with one of the most well known film producers in the industry as a first time media public figure and fitness role model.

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