Hi Everyone! My name is Ria and I am Ms. Teenage York Region 2020. I wanted to thank all of you for all your support throughout this amazing experience!

As a kid, I used to be bullied and teased for the way I dressed and looked, and as a result, I had low self-esteem. I started to dislike my big, buck teeth and my bright pink sketchers that my other friends were making fun of. It was to the extent that when I looked in the mirror I did not want to be the girl staring back.

However, trough it all, my mom was my hero as she helped me recognize all the amazing qualities that make me beautiful. That’s why I want to make it my mission to help people feel proud and love themselves for who they are. My platform allows me to help others explore how they can improve their self-image, by working on different aspects of their lives that directly co-relate to positive feelings.

I also hope to change the ideology that beauty is defined by someone’s physicality, as someone’s physical appearance is beyond their own control. I want to help others understand that they should love themselves for the beauty they radiate from within!

Written by: Ria