Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week – I know I am here at Miss Teenage Canada!

On the 9th we arrived and I got to meet my amazing roomates Janaya and Maya! We’re all settled in and yesterday (Day 2) we completed our Interviews, Video and Photo Shoots!

I think it’s important for us delegates to always feel fulfilled with the performance we give, and sometimes when we mess up you just keep going on! There is no such think as mistakes, only accidental educational lessons!

I want to take this opportunity to share the optional essay I handed in as it explains a lot about me, my platform and why Miss Teenage Canada is so important to me. This essay is the true me, the real feelings and emotions I get and my honest self.

I am entering this pageant knowing that the one question that will be asked often is: “why should you be the next Miss Teenage Canada?”

I, actually have many answers to that question; all of them which I would not be able to express during the weekend. However, I will be expressing many layers of my explanation through my blogs, introduction video, and interview, as well when asked to.

We don’t always get opportunities to guide conversations and meetings the way we want them to, causing situations to not go smoothly. So here I am in this essay, using this opportunity to get my points across-because there is so much more to me then what you will see.

“I’ve got so much more then they’ve got planned” -Belle, Beauty and The Beast

I am someone with a lot of energy, I am very passionate about Miss Teenage Canada and I have been working hard for this pageant for a while now. By writing out this essay, I am making myself vulnerable to the raw, uncut, thoughts of my ideas moving forward -because I want to show you the real me, not the version that blends in with everyone else.

Starting off with my platform and the plans I have moving forward after this pageant. My platform is something many people don’t know about or always take the same approach to. Period Poverty! Every girl gets a menstrual cycle whether they live in a mansion or in a homeless shelter, and many of us rely on a drawer in our bathrooms or a kit in our bags. We take for granted that these items are readily available to us. What about the girls and women who cannot afford them? A period is something we can’t control and have to pay the financial expenses for. Disposable period products are the last items donated to shelters as they are very expensive – so if were not donating them, how are these women getting them? Women of all ages are using anything from ripped up cardboard to nothing at all, young girls are not attending school due to lack of feminine hygiene products. How can we empower women when they are stripped of their dignity and education all because of a natural body process?

One thing I find the most shocking of all as a girl -is that my local health unit gives away free condoms for something that is a CHOICE, but not free products for something we CAN’T choose. After Miss Teenage Canada I want to start my own organization that supplies women with period products, preferably -REUSEABLE products such as microfiber cloth pads and silicone menstrual cups. This is something that has not been done and would help women who cannot afford pads. There are many benefits around this, such as, negative environmental impacts, there’s only a one time cost for a long time of products, not hard to clean AND these women will ALWAYS have a product to rely on. They won’t need to stress if their money should go towards their next meal or a box of tampons.

With a Miss Teenage Canada winning, I can help jumpstart this program in places more than just my city. This is a first-world issue that needs our attention! It is an issue in every city across Canada and affects women and girls around the world. I have already met with companies and other women who are ready to help and support my organization in the works. I want to be able to help others around the whole country, expand the love, women empower women. We not only help those in needs but also end the stigma around periods and the embarrassment of talking about it.

“The only way to get what you want in this world Is through hard work” – Tiana, Princess and the Frog

Another reason why I want to win Miss Teenage Canada is to help with my future dreams and goals. When I graduate high school, my first goal is to become a Disney Princess at the Disney Parks – yes, professionally as a real job! Now this wouldn’t be my permanent job as I would eventually work towards my next goals, but that’s another story!

Becoming a Disney Princess has been my dream since I was 12 years old. I remember the exact moment when it hit me, it was like the whole world froze around me, time stopped and I couldn’t breathe. It was in 2015, in Disney World of course! Standing in front of Magic Kingdom watching the fireworks shoot up and sparkle like my eyes watching them, the music playing in my ears and that was the moment when I found a place I knew I would fit in, where I belonged, right where I was supposed to be! Like Ariel on Land!

Being a Disney Princess to me is not just for the glamour. I want to be an inspirational role model to the boys and girls all around the world, making them smile and laugh each day. As a past pageant winner and also as a current Miss Teenage Canada delegate, nothing is more exciting than when children (and even adults!) run up to me asking to try on my crown and be a princess just like me, I get this feeling inside – I cant explain it, its like happiness and joy and being overwhelmed all at once! I want to be able to create that same magical feeling for the people around me.

“Laughter is Timeless, imagination is forever and dreams have no age” -Tinkerbell

A related topic to being a Disney Princess is our fundraising for the Children`s Wish Foundation. Many children ask that their final wish is to go to Disney and meeting their favourite character, and to create their final memories as one of the best days of their lives would be my ultimate dream goal.

Disney isn’t just for children; it is for people of all ages, making dreams come true. If I won Miss Teenage Canada, that not only completes one of my dreams to win Miss Teenage Canada and represent the country but it would help me achieve my goal of bringing joy and happiness to others. I would finish every work day knowing I made someone smile and I brought magic to their life.

“have confidence in your ability to do it right, and work hard to do the best possible job” -Walt Disney

After my year at Disney, I will attend post -secondary education to focus on my career. I am still quite young and exploring different career options. In the next two years of high school I will be finishing up a specialization in non-profit organizations; completing many courses involving the environment, world issues, religious issues, life skills, equal rights regarding gender/race, social justice and equality and many more classes in those fields.

I am considering having a career in Social injustice and/or social rights; possibly working in an embassy and helping people who are not treated equal. I know that I am a true believer in helping people and everyone should be treated fairly. I have volunteered for many organizations raising funds and awareness for mental health, medical treatments, homelessness and hospice care.

Winning Miss Teenage Canada would give me more experiences with people as I travel around wearing my sash and crown proudly, improve my public speaking as I attend events and speak to others around me and raise awareness for the many causes I support. It would also give me the opportunity to learn about other world issues that may not be as known or needs more attention. I have mentioned many times to people around me and also in my blog that there is a power to a crown. People will stop and listen to me and I want to use the power of the crown for a greater good!

“Our fate lives within us, you only have to be BRAVE enough to see it” -Merida, Brave

Finally, Miss Teenage Canada is not just a pageant to me, it’s a week of empowerment, becoming my best self and shaping myself for the future. I want girls across Canada to experience the love and changes for the better I’ve received through Pageantry. I want to work with pageant directors, teams, events, organizations and programs to get the youth involved, to create a better atmosphere and self-image for the younger generations, to teach lessons and to inspire them to be their best selves.

This title to me is more than just a title, it’s a dream, it’s a stamp of approval, it’s an accomplishment – this title is something that is beneficial to any girl who earns it. For me it helps me not only in my current teenage years but my future goals for Disney, my education plans after that and my workforce plans after that! This title would be my lifestyle of creating happiness, starting my organization, and making not only my dreams come true but show people all over the world that dreams come true.

I`ve said it once and I’ll say it again. There is so much more to me then you can believe, this girl is devoted to her craft and is ready for anything thrown at her. I want to have the power of the crown continue in my life as Miss Teenage Canada!

“they can’t order me to stop dreaming” -Cinderella

P.S! All you need is FAITH, TRUST and a littleee PIXIE DUST!

Thank you to everyone who read any bit of this blog post, this is one of if not the most important posts to me as this essay was something I wrote in one of the biggest dips on my journey here- I took every challenge as a steeping stone making them learning experiences and helping me along the way!

Bye for now!

Written by: Milena