I’ve only had the chance to meet Chelsey in person twice…but our cyber-relationship has escalated by Tweeting,
texting (thanks to iMessage we can text for free), and enjoying each others stellar blogs (see Chelseys’ here
). I’m a huge advocate of her running for Miss Universe Canada, Chelsey has the drive and ambition in her to succeed and make it to the top! This Q & A will allow you to get to know Chelsey a little bit better, and now you too can follow her through this amazing journey.
What was the first thing that popped into your head when you found out about Miss Canada?
CS: I have been scouted for pageants before, and interested in the concept of pageantry as opposed to modeling, as a pageant requires the full package; beauty, brains, and grace, whereas modeling simply requires beauty. A mentor of mine, Paula Bailey, had competed in Miss Universe Canada, and through hearing her stories, I began to see the pageant as an opportunity to be an ambassador for your community and country. This opportunity greatly appealed to me, and I stepped up! I am excited to represent my country, and strive to be a positive role model for women throughout the pageant.
What do you ultimately want to achieve by entering in this pageant?
CS: Ultimately I want to grow, and remain true to myself. Though, I also want to raise money and awareness for the pageant’s charities (Stay tuned, fundraiser in the making!). Additionally, I hope that my involvement with Miss Universe Canada will help create a platform I can use to speak to young women about inner beauty, confidence, and media education.
You have worked with Eveline Charles Beauty Bootcamp working on what it means to be beautiful. What does inner beauty mean to you?
CS: Yes, I worked as a leader/instructor for the Eveline Charles Beauty Bootcamp program, which is a summer day-camp for pre-teens. I created workshops on self-esteem, confidence, and style. I openly discussed my experiences as a model, and now as a contributor to a magazine in my workshops and presentations. It is important for me to discuss concepts like photo-shop/airbrushing, and the power mass media has on body-image, and other societal impacts.
To me, the inner part of beauty is the very essence of beauty. I believe that “beauty is as beauty does”, meaning to be beautiful, one must do beautiful things. Examples of beautiful things that the beauty-bootcampers helped me come up with include volunteering, helping others, smiling, and kindness!
If you win and carry onto the Miss Universe Canada pageant, what doors will that open?
CS: Being crowned Miss Universe Canada would allow me the opportunity to travel and work with a number of charities that are important to me for the next year. Devoting a year to philanthropy and travel is like a dream come true for me.
What advice do you have for prospective Miss Canada candidates?
CS: It is most important to be true to yourself. And to stand strong in the face of criticism or doubt; shake off negativity.
Remember that you are beautiful, just the way you are! [Nice little Bridget Jones’ plug ;)]
How will your current education assist in reaching your end goal with Miss Universe Canada?
CS: I hope that my current schooling, professional communication, will assist me with public speaking, and will provide me with the cultured insight that an ambassador of Canada needs.
Have you been able to mix and mingle with the other contestants?
CS: Yes, and I am thrilled to say I have made friends with some lovely, smart, and independent women. I am so grateful to have been able to connect with other young and ambitious women through the pageant.
How would one of your classmates describe you?
CS: Nick says: “Kind, insightful, passionate, empathetic, devoted to family and friends, solid work ethic..”
Jasmine says: “Confident, determined, gracious.”
How do you prepare for such an incredible journey?
CS: Positive affirmations, sleep, water, and of course, with an abundance of love and support from my family and friends!
To make it less serious what is your favourite part of the pageant? The swimwear? The gowns? The interview? Or the new friends?
CS: My favourite part of the pageant would be the speaking opportunities, collaboration with charity, travel, and the inspirational women I have met along the way!
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Stay tuned for an upcoming fundraiser!