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.
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!