On Sunday July 16th 2017, the Miss World Canada delegates attended the Sponsor Party as VIP, where we encountered representatives of the brands and attractions.       

Maxine Warsh

Maxine Warsh was present, and worked hard to educate the delegates on the water in their skin.and how to best clean cosmetics from skin which is great knowledge for us to have, with healthy skin to protect and to get passionate about.

 

kraco logo body wash and beauty bar

Pina and Lucy from The Kraco set up a lovely display of beauty products and accessories.

Nine West shoes for evening gown

Shoes from Nine West were provided for each delegate! Skechers was there too!

 

 

 

 

 

Snappy Towels microfiber beach towels gave away blue and pink beach balls emblazoned with their logo.

Snappy Towels invited each of the delegates to blow up a beach ball and one of these delegates won a white Snappy Towel which is the first of many to be dispensed as prizes over the course of the week – more on that in the next blog post.

 

Raven social media photo booth logo

Raven social media photo booth was set up to make memories with the party and the official photo wall in the background. Robin was killing it with so many crowns and sashes high heels – she helped make the party much more memorable.

 

 

Isabella Hoops EntertainmentIsabella Hoops Entertainment sent hula hoop performers to put on a show and give tips to inspire other enthusiasts among the assembly.

 

 

 

Hashtagio social media aggregatorHashtagio social media aggregator was there, showing every picture tagged with #MissWorldCanada

 

 

Archer Dental

Archer Dental sent ahead dozens of tiny gift bags loaded with dental supplies – there was a massive array of dental products on hand.

Lily Laio of Street Chic was also present, who gave away very cute tank tops emblazzoned with the slogan “I like it when you smile and I love it when I’m the reason” which is a quote that fits with Miss World Canada.

 

 

 

Tastic Marketing in Mississauga

 

 

Congratulations delegates

 

Thank you for reading all about the Miss World Canada Welcome party!

Much love,
Courtney

 

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I loved playing with sand!

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are sandy. – John Muir

My grandparents have a cabin at Grand Beach, less than an hour north of my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have been going out there since I was small, and while I was still in school I would spend at least one week with my grandparents during summer vacations.

 

That small person is me, on top of a sand dune!

Grand Beach has many unique features that make it stand out from other beaches in Manitoba. These includes sand dunes that can reach heights of up to 12 meters above the beach, a lagoon that is home to many bird species, and two beaches: the East beach and the West beach, both which have kilometers of very smooth sand. This freshwater beach, considered one of the best in North America, is part of Grand Beach Provincial Park. It is located within the Rural Municipality of St. Clements, on the northern edge of Grand Marais town. Grand Beach is on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, which is a very large and shallow lake in central Manitoba. A unique fact is that Lake Winnipeg is Canada’s sixth-largest freshwater lake, and it is also the eleventh-largest freshwater lake on Earth. It is used by Manitoba Hydro as one of the largest water reservoirs in the world!

Grand Beach Provincial Park has many bike, hiking and ski trails, along with camping areas. Due to the proximity to Winnipeg and the natural attractions, this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Manitoba. There are a wide variety of species that inhabit Grand Beach, which include bald eagles, bears, seagulls and the piping plover. The plover is an endangered shorebird that nests on beaches, and it is featured on the entrance sign when you pass through the park gates.

My Grandpa and I at the cabin.

My Grandma and I reading at the cabin.

 

 

 

 

Grand Beach is more than just a beach for me. It’s a chance to relax, and take some time out of being in the busy city and just be at peace. The memories it holds are so precious! Every day when I was younger, I would wake up early and go for hour long walks with my Grandpa – on Mondays we went down 1st street, on Tuesdays it was 2nd street, and so on. We would pass by the neighbours and call greetings, go along the boardwalk which was usually unoccupied that early in the morning, and finish by the lagoon and the old eagles nest. After our walk, my Grandma and I would often sit on the porch with the windows open, reading and enjoying the serene environment. I loved it best when it was storming out, and you could see the lightning, hear the thunder, and feel the storm around you. As long as the rain wasn’t coming in the windows, we would keep them open as long as possible! On sunny days, we would walk down to the beach with baked apricot muffins or butter tarts (my Grandma has always been a great baker) and talk with some of the beach-front store owners. My favourite store was Crave Designs, who happens to also own the salon at my University, the University of Manitoba. The owner would customize anklets for me and bracelets for my Grandma, especially when we got new swimsuits. Another pastime of ours was going to visit some neighbours and checking out book sales – my love of reading comes from my Grandma. After supper, depending on our mood, we would do a puzzle, watch a movie, or play Rummikub (a rummy-tile game).

My dalmatian, Dakota, and I, on my rock ‘Fish.’

One landmark in Grand Beach that is very dear to me, is a big rock that I named “Fish” when I was younger. It’s one street down from my grandparents cabin, located in the centre of a meadow that overlooks the lake. When you look at it from the side, it’s angled and looks like a fish head and even has a circle marking where the eye would be. I would climb up this rock, sit and watch the water and the birds – and if I timed it properly, I would be able to catch the sunset.

Thank you for reading about my Grand Beach memories!

This was taken at Grand Beach over May long, when there was still ice and snow on the lake.

Much love,
Courtney

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“Life is like a camera: you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out – you take another shot.”

 

 

I would like to share with you some pictures from my first official photo shoot as Miss Manitoba World 2017 with Mark and Vintage and Vogue Photography.

This is the third time I have worked with Mark. The first time was an indoor/ outdoor mix of pinup and vintage styles at his studio in Summer 2015, and the second time the shoot had the theme of ‘The end of WWII,’ located at the Winnipeg Train Museum and The Forks in Summer 2016 (see all those photos here).

This time, we celebrated my achievement as Miss Manitoba World 2017. We shot in his studio and at a small river in Ste Anne, Manitoba.

In the following photos, the photography was taken by Vintage and Vogue Photography, the coral dress was provided by Christie’s Bridal, and my makeup was done by MUA Swank Style.

 

 

 

 

 

The white background really makes the coral color pop! This stunning coral dress is from Christie’s Bridal located in Steinbach, MB. Christie’s is sponsoring me dresses to wear at Nationals, so stay tuned for that future post!

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have a ‘holding the sash’ picture, and one with just the crown – I love how rich the blue jewel is!

I loved how my makeup turned out at the shoot and it’s all thanks to Makeup Artist Swank Style.

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t decide which of these mirror shots to include – so I decided to include both! The color contrast between the coral dress, the deep blue in the crown, and the teal of the mirror make for a very unique shot, especially on a dramatic dark background.

Do some of these pictures look familiar? They should! I used three photos from this shoot as the headers at the top of the page!

Before we switched locations, Mark had one more idea he wanted to try. The photo on the right is one of the results! The yellow lights were not added in Photoshop, but were done by hanging lights in front of the camera! The added lights and the teal backdrop give a vintage-feel to an otherwise modern shoot.

The last location was in the Ste Anne’s community, not even 5 minutes from the studio. This gorgeous river and the natural setting were a perfect ending to another great shoot. If you want to check out more pictures from this shoot, visit the studio’s blog post about our shoot here.

It was a pleasure to work with Mark from Vintage and Vogue Photography again, and I am so happy to be able to share the photos with you!

Check out my sponsors at the links below, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my first official photoshoot as Miss Manitoba World 2017.

Vintage and Vogue Photography:
www.vintageandvoguephotography.ca
www.vintageandvoguephotography.ca/blog
www.facebook.com/vintageandvoguephotography

Christie’s Bridal:
www.christiesbridal.ca
www.facebook.com/ChristiesBridal

Swank Style:
www.facebook.com/Swankstyle

Much love,
Courtney

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On May 26th and May 27, 2017, I ended two events that were pet focused. These were the Pawshpalooza 2017 hosted by D’arcy’s A.R.C. and the Sneakers & Paws Run/Walk hosted by the Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert.

Pawshpalooza is a pet and human fashion show, where both the humans and dogs get dressed up.

I met some local celebrities, such as Genavieve, Miss Teenage Manitoba, Jon Reyes, the MLA for St Norbert, and Mike, the Winnipeg firefighter who was on the Bachelorette.

Myself, Genavieve (Miss Teenage Manitoba) and her dog, Goldie.

This is Rosie, an adorable black lab mix puppy I met. All of the excitement wore her out!

This is Jon Reyes, the MLA for St Norbert, and his Alaskan Malamute, Seger.

The next morning, my husky, Ice, joined me at the St. Norbert Community Center where we took part in the Sneakers & Paws 5 km run/walk, hosted by Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert. Along the run, we were asked to take pictures and of course we did!

Some of the runners I met along the course.

Ice and me at the halfway mark of the 5 km run.

And we finished the 5 km run!

 

 

 

 

 

Winnipeg Tails took this great photo of Ice and I.

After the run, there were snacks for both the human and dog runners, as well as an awareness event. It was at this event that one of my favourite pictures of Ice and I were taken, with photo credits to Winnipeg Tails. For each photo this organization takes, they donate $1 to an animal charity.

Thank you both groups for having me out, and to you for reading this article!

Sincerely,
Courtney

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 One of the reasons I advocate for pageantry is because of the benefits I have seen firsthand. I have been involved with pageantry for 5 years, from competing to coaching to chaperoning, and I have seen a difference in the young ladies that compete. From the often shy and insecure ladies when they first enter the hotel, to the confident ladies they have become when they crown the next title holder. 

The pageantry that I have been a part of isn’t like the drama filled shows that are on TV. It involves women supporting women, and my experiences in pageantry have been just that – supporting your fellow sisters, encouraging them and having that support behind you.

Sometimes you find a person or company that agrees with your thoughts and beliefs, and I am so happy to say that I have found both with a provincial sponsor, Swimwear ExpressThey believe in women supporting women, and being confident in your body, regardless of your shape or size. Everywhere we look – ads, magazines, and social media – we see articles and pictures that make us want to change who we are and what we look like. There is such a lack of body confident role models in our society, but I hope that I can use my voice across a larger platform to encourage it in others.

Check them out at the links below, and if you are ever in the need for a new swimsuit go visit them. They truly are changing the way women shop for swimwear, one woman at a time.

www.swimwearexpress.ca/
www.facebook.com/Swimwear-Express-34219060922815

 

Sincerely,
Courtney

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On April 29th, 2017, an event I had been waiting not very patiently for, had finally arrived – the Miss Manitoba World pageant! Leading up to the pageant was a hectic month. I had final exams, a big project due and then I met with my provincial sponsors:

This is my stunning swimsuit from Swimwear Express. I felt so comfortable in it, and I loved how I could tie the top 11 different ways.

Here are the before and after photos of my eyelash extensions from Lavilash Beauty Lounge. I got a full volume set, and loved how they looked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at how long my nails are – and the French gel just makes them pop. I went to see Chelsea from The Beauty Theory.

Not only was this my outfit for the first day of the pageant, but it also showed off my spray tan from Tan on the Run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday morning with the delegates. From left to right: Sheri-Lynn, Diana, myself, Genavieve, Alexa, Destiny, Ravae, and Karlene.

The pageant started Saturday morning. I met the girls in both the ‘Teen’ and the ‘Miss’ age groups. The teens were competing to advance to Miss Teenage Canada, and they were between 13-18 years old. The misses were competing to advance to Miss Canada World, and we were between 17-26 years old. We learned about the industry from Michelle Weswaldi, the national director and met our choreographer for the weekend, Jane Gagne, the current Mrs Canada Earth. We practiced walking, learned the patterns and practiced interview skills. Two previous winners, Miss Teenage Manitoba 2016, Denisse, and Miss Teenage Interlake 2016, Brittney, came to help out and talk about their experience at nationals. Saturday night came quickly after such a busy day, and it was time for swimwear judging and our personal interviews with the judges. I love the interview portion of the pageant, as it’s where you can really connect with the judges and speak about your passions.

Sunday before the show with the ‘Miss Manitoba World’ delegates, in our opening number dresses. From left to right: Sheri-Lynn, myself, Alexa and Ravae.

Sunday morning came quick, and we learned our opening number in the morning, practiced the platforms that we would say on stage, and then it was time for hair and makeup. There was time for one more run through and then the audience started arriving. The show started with opening number and our introductions. Then it was time for a quick change into our evening gowns for the judging part, followed by an intermission to tally the scores. After intermission we went back onstage to talk about what cause we would support throughout our reign. For the ‘teens’, this is called a Platform and for the ‘misses’, this is our Beauty with a Purpose. Mine is Breaking Stereotypes, and I couldn’t be prouder to be an advocate. Then came the swimwear presentation and I was so happy to put my Swimwear Express swimsuit back on. Finally, we put our evening gowns back on and it was time for crowning! Here are the ladies moving on to nationals. Follow their Facebook and blogs to learn more about them.

The ‘Miss Teenage Manitoba’ and ‘Miss Manitoba World’ delegates in our evening gowns. From left to right: Karlene, Sheri-Lynn, Destiny, Diana, Alexa, Genavieve, Ravae and myself.

Genavieve, Miss Teenage Manitoba 2017
Diana, Miss Teenage Winnipeg 2017
Destiny, Miss Teenage Eastman 2017
Karlene, Miss Teenage Northern Manitoba 2017
Myself, Miss Manitoba World 2017
Sheri-Lynn, Miss Winnipeg World 2017
Alexa, TBA

Thank you once again to my provincial sponsors, please go check them out!

Thank you for reading!
Sincerely,
Courtney

 

 

 

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My first picture as Miss Manitoba World 2017

Hello and welcome!

My name is Courtney and I was honoured to have been crowned your Miss Manitoba World 2017 on April 30th, 2017. I am 23 years old, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In this blog, I will do my best to show you who I am through my personal thoughts, my chosen career path and especially my Road to Miss World Canada. This journey will include events I will attend, my Beauty with a Purpose, and what the National crown means to me.

Now, Miss World Canada is the official preliminary to Miss World, which remains the oldest, largest and the most prestigious pageant in the world represented by 147 countries and attracting over two billion viewers, which is more than the Olympics. I have chosen to compete in this pageant, because I absolutely love their core message, “Beauty with a Purpose.” This is more than simply a motto to me, but rather it defines who we are; yes, we may be beauty queens, but we have a purpose in this world and we are going to show it. 

I have just completed my fifth year in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba and I am planning to graduate next spring. My dream is to use my degree to work with renewable energy in the future.

With the 2 month countdown on until Miss World Canada, I keep thinking about how I have changed from my very first pageant, back in 2012. When I was 18, I entered and won the Provincial title of Miss Teenage Manitoba, which let me advance to Miss Teenage Canada that summer. In 2016, I entered the Miss Supranational Canada Pageant, and came in the Top 15.

Shown here is my evening gown from Miss Teenage Canada in 2012.

Shown here is my evening gown from Miss Supranational Canada in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, are you staring at the screen, trying to understand those last two paragraphs? I can’t begin to count the amount of questions and exclamations of surprise when I state either my field of study or my pageant career. Although it may not be obvious, the skills I have learned in both fields often overlap. Every experience I have had has shaped me into who I am today, and who I will be in the future.

Because of these experiences, I have chosen my Beauty with a Purpose to be one that resonates with who I am and what I stand for – Breaking Stereotypes. I can (and have!) gone from wearing steel-toed boots and a hard hat during the day, to putting on heels and my crown for an evening event. I often wear minimal makeup, but I love getting dressed up when the opportunity is there. I believe that every person deserves the chance to follow their passions, regardless of the stereotypes that may exist.

Thank you so much for reading my first blog post!

Sincerely

Courtney,

 

 

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