Hello Friends!

I’d like to start off by saying thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog post. I truly appreciate it!

Today’s post is going to be about my experience working with a company for the first time and becoming their brand ambassador.

In the beginning of February, I was contacted by a company named Westbound That’s My Style. I was so happy that, for the first time ever, someone wanted me to model and promote their clothing! The company had stated that they were searching for new ambassadors, and I felt that this opportunity would be a great way to represent the company, therefore, I excitedly agreed to become a part of their amazing brand.

Westbound is based out of Etobicoke, Ontario, and although it has adopted a name referring to the West, it sells clothing entitled Eastbound, Southbound, and (of course) Westbound. When I received the apparel, I was amazed by the great quality and material of the clothing. No only is it stylish, but it is very comfortable, as well.

Along with Westbound’s amazing clothing line, they also have a YouTube channel, which they describe as “a platform for artists from Toronto and the GTA to showcase their talents”. The channel displays the talents of a variety of upcoming artists in and around the Toronto area, and is definitely worth a view!



I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences in my brand ambassador endeavours.

Sincerely Yours,

Sana, Miss Teenage GTA

P.S. – Feel free to contact me on any of the social media platforms listed in my bio (above the “recent posts” tab), or leave a comment on this post!

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Hello friends! My name is Sana, and I am eternally grateful to be able to represent Toronto as your Miss Teen GTA 2018 contestant. It seems like just yesterday I was watching videos of the finalists from previous pageants in hopes of becoming a finalist myself one day! Having won a title and being chosen as a finalist still seems like a dream to me, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of Nationals!!

I am currently 17 years old and am from Toronto, Ontario. My heritage is Kenyan and South Indian, but I identify as a proud Canadian! This year will be my last year of high school, and I plan on going to university to study media arts, as it is a passion of mine. I enjoy photography, videography, creating music, playing basketball, swimming, and (of course) modelling! At first, I was a bit hesitant to join the modeling industry, as there were so many gorgeous contestants and I thought it would be very hard for me to take part in a pageant, but after a lot of thinking and discussing with the people I trust most in life, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk! Now, I can proudly say that I am glad I seized the opportunity to be a part of Miss Teenage Canada.


As an only child with a single mother, I had often witnessed the struggles my mom had to go through to provide the best for me, all whilst she was studying to obtain the career of her dreams. My relatives would always help my mom and I; in fact, when I decided to truly dedicate my time and effort into modelling, my aunt continuously showed the utmost support for me, and insisted that I turn my dreams into reality. As I grew up, I began to realize the significance of the sacrifices my mom had made for me. Although we did not have a lot of money, my mom never stopped me from pursuing whatever my heart desired. Seeing the sacrifices she has made and continues to make,

has inspired me to follow my own dreams, and to make my own sacrifices in order to achieve what I want to do in life. This made me want to choose a platform that was close to home, and thus I decided it would be to inspire underprivileged children. I would like to show the youth that they can follow their own dreams no matter what their financial status may be, just as I have. Participating in this pageant is both a dream of mine and an opportunity for me to make my mom proud.


Back in January 2018, as the pageant weekend was approaching, I was getting very nervous because of the fact that it would be my first competition, and that a lot of the other contestants had more experience with previous pageants than I have. I was worried about how I was going to present myself to the audience and judges, and the techniques I would need to use in order to perfect the basics of modelling. I also wanted to make my mom proud (although deep down, I knew that it would not matter to her whether I won or not, as long as I made the most out of this event). I wanted to see the smile and happiness on her face, and be able to know that I had made her proud by becoming a finalist. Whilst enjoying the pageant weekend, I was given a piece of advice from a Miss World contestant just before I was going to see the judges for the first time. She said to me, “no matter what happens, just know you tried your best, and know that you are here to raise awareness for your platform whether you win or lose. Always remember to put your own needs and goals first before watching others or trying to be like others. Although it may sound selfish, do what Sana wants first, and then help others out, because at the end of the day, it’s your life!”  As fate would have it, we both had won titles that day.

Ever since I’ve received a title, I have been approached by a number of companies wanting to feature me in photoshoots, newspapers, and even clothing sponsorships! If someone had told me a few months ago that by this time, I would be working with such talented and inspiring females, I would not have believed them. I can now proudly say that I took the risk and am now amongst them, working to promote my title and making the world a better place!


I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my first blog post. I hope you enjoyed it, and were able to learn a little more about me! I look forward to giving you more of an insight into my life within the next few months as Nationals approach!


Sincerely Yours,

Sana, Miss Teenage GTA.

P.S. – Feel free to contact me on any of my social media platforms listed in my bio (above the “recent posts” tab), or leave a comment on this post!


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Hey Guys!

So Thursday of the competition was so busy, you can’t believe it.


In the morning of Thursday we went to the Clarington Family Outdoor Adventure Park, which was so amazing and we got to see so many animals, even baby lion cubs that are so adorable. The adventure park is an ecological zoo that has a lot to offer, as an outdoor summer camp, walkabouts, 21′ inflatable double slide, and more. There are many animals that we saw, but most prominently are the baby goats. I forgot to take a picture of the baby goats, but have it on other girls’ phone which I will be able to upload later to this blog.

With my new friend the ARIES

These two lions never moved

Friends together in the sun!!!

A beautiful day for a picture!

Baby Lion Cub

Wolves, one of my favorite animals.


After the visit to the zoo, the chaperons took us to a beach near by, were we had so much fun trying on different types of swim suits that we could win by having the most likes on our Instagram page. As well, we were able to meet the representative from Snappy Towels, who was also giving away 5 towels to the best casual beach advertisement shot. Besides everything, we had a very cute beach picnic for lunch and I had so much fun playing volleyball with my friends and climbing rocks by the beach.


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Hey Guys!!!

The 2017 Miss Teenage Canada competition is already on its way. It has been a crazy two days, filled with rehearsals, photo shoots, videos, interviews, and a lot of fun. I was supposed to write this blog post write after the sponsor party, but to tell you the truth being at this pageant is hectic and so many things go one at the same time.

The sponsor party was truly a blast. I was able to catch up with my beautiful ladies from Ontario. So happy to see all of them again!!! But also it was fun to meet all the other girls from across the country and I also finally meet my great roommate, Rhianna French. It was really cool to finally meet all the girls in person, I have seen most of them on Facebook and Instagram, but it is completely different when you actually find out who they are. At least if nothing happens during this pageant, I can say I met some great girls from across Canada.

Having fun with friends from the pageant!

So many new faces!

At the start of the Sponsor Party, while all the girls were still getting settled and arriving we were introduced to Miss World Toronto 2017, who had also participated in Miss Teenage Canada. We were further introduced to Samantha Pierre (Miss Teenage Canada 2016) and most importantly our coordinator Michelle Weswaldi who has organized this pageant, as well as Miss World Canada and Top Model Search. Overall, the information we received from all these people was so helpful and valuable for not only pageants but everything in life. After the opening, each of us got a new sash with only our province on it, which is so cool!!!!

So, about the sponsors. Well there were quite a few sponsors this year for Miss Teenage Canada. They are listed here below:

Golden Glamour Goddesses

Golden Glamour Goddesses Representative with Products

My first stop was Golden Glamour Goddesses, it sponsored all the girls by giving us all organic and homemade body butter lotion and soap, which helps us moisturize our skin. Golden Glamour Goddesses also gave us a huge discount for body spray tans for anyone that bought them on the spot. However, recently coming from vacation I already got darker and did not need a spray tan, but it was a supper good deal. As well, I realized that their whole business and all the soaps were made by the representative and her daughter, which is truly fascinating and amazing.

Love the Uptothetime watch

Uptothetime Necklaces

Uptothetime Watches

We were given the choice to model with some fabulous watches form the sponsor, Uptothetime. They also gave each girl a little present with their newest line of necklaces, which are so pretty. As well, to the winner of Miss Teenage Canada will get a designer watch from Uptothetime. The watches were truly stunning and the two representatives were really kind and interesting.

Nine West Sponsored Shoes

Nine West is our largest sponsor I believe, they have provided all the girls at the pageant with shoes for the swimwear competition and opening dances. As well, tomorrow Nine West has invited all of us from Miss Teenage Canada to come to their store in Yorkdale Mall for a specially surprise. I can’t wait and I’m so excited!!!

Archer Dental

For whiter smiles at the pageant, we are thankful to have Archer Dental come and visit us. He gave each girl a little package with products to keep your teeth clean and healthy, while enjoying ourselves at the pageant.

Super AdorbsThere was also the sponsor that had the cutes little gifts from us to choose from, Super Adorbs. From the sponsor, I got small stud Mickey Mouse earrings that are so cute!!! Although they did not have anything supper fancy on their table, their products I like the most because they were very creative.

Among all the chaos I missed my chance to meet with the Lily from Street Chic Magazine, which we all wrote an article about (you can find mine in the previous blog post).

Finally, among everything that had happened at the sponsor party, I was able to meet the reigning Miss Teenage Canada 2016, Samantha Pier, who is really nice and helpful. Overall all the sponsor party was a great success, and I would like to thank all the volunteers, representatives, and sponsor for their time and amazing gifts.

At the end everything ended with cake. SO AWESOME!!!!

Miss Teenage Canada 2016, cutting the cake. (Photo by Darren Lee)

I hoped you liked reading this one!!!!

Sincerely Yours,

Miss Teenage GTA – Yanna 🙂

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Hey Everyone!!!

So this blog post is about our second blog challenge. We were supposed to interview Torontonians on the street and ask them about fashion, find out some of their personal styles, and what they think about todays fashion.

I really enjoyed this blog challenge, and found it really rewarding and fun. I was able to scavenger through Queen Street, one of the best fashion districts in Toronto and look for unique styles and individuals that were willing to express their thoughts and feeling about today’s fashion. From the many individuals I interviewed I couldn’t quite decide who to include and who to not include in the article, since each individual possessed a distinct style that was related to their biography.

Last weekend I spent all day looking for people that would be great for this article, but the good thing is that it was a really nice day and since I love going to Queen Street it was a really nice treat. If you yourself someday take a walking down Queen Street pay attention to how people are dressed, there are all sorts of styles, from the elegant to hipster locks that truly reflect the diversity of the street.

So, to not make this blog post to long I will just include my introduction to the article I had written from Street Chic Magazine and one of the people I interviewed who is not in the article but nonetheless shows us what fashion truly is.


Fashion comes and goes, as all things in life. One style of clothing, hair, or even behavior fades away and is replaced with another, however, what I see is eternal is our personal styles that defines and creates each of us unique. One’s said by Coco Chanel,

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

With these ideas in mind, I was constantly contemplating what street in Toronto truly expresses both diversity and chic, but also allows each individual to be free in their style and choices without social strains – Queen Street. Form all of the other fashion districts in Toronto, I felt that Queen Street is one of those chic streets, where you can literary find anything you are looking for. It has been part of the Toronto Fashion District, as a result of the large garment industry in the area, where numerous textiles, fabric factories, and warehouses were close to many rail lines making it easy to ship the garments throughout various cities. Although there are still numerous garment warehouses and clothing outlets on Queen Street, today it has been refurbished into a street full of musicians, artists, small galleries, condos, lofts, and murals. It is also one of those streets that has both old Victorian and new glass buildings, that inspire magic and creativity.

Here is the link to the Street Chic Article:

Casual Fashion on Queen Street in Toronto

I hope you guys will like the article.

Sincerely Yours,

Miss Teenage GTA – Yanna 🙂

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Hey Everyone!!!

The final days before the Miss Teenage Canada competition have started. There are so many things left to do, I have to buy my gala dress, find appropriate cocktail dresses, pack, relax, and arrive safely at the hotel. Among many of the things we have on our schedule we have to complete three blog challenges. This first blog challenge is to describe what place or touristic event we love in our region.

To start, GTA is centered on the city of Toronto, in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe. We Torontonians often see that our city is quite similar to many other large American cities. However, we have many unique and special qualities that makes us different. Diversity is definitely one of the defining factors of Toronto. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are entire areas in the city that represent all sorts of culture, such as Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown, etc. and one of the most diversified cuisines that allow you to explore even the most distant countries without leaving the heart of Toronto. Toronto is also a city that offers a beautiful landscape, an incredible skyline, waterfront, and monumental buildings, such as: the CN Tower, Rogers Center, and the Ripley’s Aquarium. It is also the home of some of the greatest sports teams, as the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leaves, and Toronto Blue Jays. There are also numerous cultural festivals that occur at various times throughout the year, as the Ukranian Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Caribana Toronto Festival/Parade, etc. that are all so well known to many tourists and Torontonians that come to our great city each year. However, I would like to dedicate this blog to a discrete, but equally important tourist attraction that truly adds to Toronto’s magic.

Toronto Tango Festival is a four day celebration of Argentine Tango, with workshops for all levels, practicas, milongas, performances and more. When I started tango in May of 2015 at Rhythm and Motion Dance Studio I discovered this wonderful festival that allows one to explore and enrich one’s passion for this wonderful dance, during the longest running Argentine Tango events in Toronto. To my surprise, I discovered that this event not only brings renowned maestros and outstanding DJs, but also tourists from across the world. The first Toronto Tango Festival was held in June 2005 and was an amazing success. The expertise of the instructors and the large number of very talented dancers made this first event a success. The Toronto Tango Festival is organized each year at the Lithuania House, by Elizabeth Sadowska from Rhythm & Motion Dance Studio. Elizabeth has been involved in the Toronto Tango community since 1995 and has been organizing events ever since. The 13th Annual Toronto Tango Festival this year was such a great success, and even though I enjoyed the festivals during the past two years I truly fell in love with the event this year. At this years 13th Annual Toronto Tango Festival three couples from across the world, Martin Maldonado & Maurizio Ghella, Joachim Dietiker & Michelle Marsidi, and Michael Nadtochi & Eleonora Kalganova.

Tango performers at this years 13th Annual Toronto Tango Festival

I primarily fell in love with this years Toronto Tango Festival, due to two outstanding performers and teachers Michael Nadtochi & Eleonora Kalganova. Watching their dance of both love and passion, done so well and with such precision and drama arose the feeling I first had when I watched my first ballet performance and after that asked my parents to sign me up for ballet classes. There performance truly evoked nostalgic images of my childhood; mixed with tango’s powerful and dramatic music associated with immigrants coming to Argentina and the New World, longing for their families that they left behind. There performance and foot work is beyond words, that is why I have attached this video I made of my favorite performance where they combined both tango and ballet into a powerful performance in which I almost cried. (my video was lower resolution, so I added the official video taken at the festival)

Michael Nadtochi & Eleonora Kalganova

Each year at the Toronto Tango Festival their are new masters that truly outperform anything you have ever seen and are truly add their special flare to the tango community across the world. With Elizabeth’s hard work and determination to promote tango in Toronto, there are various upcoming festivals to enjoy, as  Toronto Tango Film Festival (October), Tango Maya (November in Cancun), and Toronto Tango Marathon (January). For more information and insight, I have attached a video at the end of the blog.

I hoped you liked reading my blog post.


Sincerely Yours,

Miss Teenage GTA – Yanna 🙂

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Hey Everyone!!!

I didn’t get a chance to blog recently, as a result of intensive preparation for Taekwondo Canada Nationals that had just finished, as well as going a year ahead in school can be overwhelming. I had so many projects to finish from grade 11 and 12, and work to prepare for Advance Placement exams and SAT Tests in May.

Taekwondo Canada Nationals finished alright this year, I wasn’t as happy as last year with my results. My junior female poomsae team won a bronze and with my brother’s ACL injury we didn’t place in pairs. However, I’m so proud of my brother for his perseverance with his injury, surgery, and for his results with all the pressure. As well, I was able to contact and meet with the president of the  Para-Taekwondo Canada comity, even though it was quite short. I have tried to work things out and initiated organizing events, however, seeing that they are not financially ready to take on such a huge project and have lack of participation and interest, I was not really a lot of help. Nevertheless, I am continuously trying to promote my platform and help many of these children that are discouraged and not given an opportunity to participate in many of these sports.

Canada Nationals in Calgary, Medal Ceremony.

Sincerely Yours,

Miss Teenage GTA – Yanna

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Hey Everyone!!

During my March Break I went to Mexico, which is a country full of culture, fashion, wildlife, music, and food. The Gulf of Mexico is a popular tourist destination for many, particularly Cancun and Riviera Maya. It is famous for its beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial era buildings and towns. However, this huge country has many surprises, particularly in ecology and fashion.

During my stay at Eco-Bahia, Riviera Maya I was able to witness and see one of the largest ecological preservation sites and one of the largest coral reefs in the world. For more than 10 years, the Bahia Principe Ecological Foundation (Eco Bahia) has been carrying out the program to protect and conserve sea turtles at a place recognized nationally as the most important beach in Caguama turtle nesting. The small 1.5 coastline that has been dedicate to these turtles can house more than 1,000 sea turtle nests each year, of the Caguama and Blanca species, both of which are listed as endangered, which is why it is essential to work now on actions that allow these emblematic species of great biological value to remain with us for future generations. In order to maintain a clean and safe environment for many of these marine and tropical species part of the Yucatan jungles, they perform reverse osmosis as a way to clean the Mexican coastal line from thousands of tourists that come each year to see this magnificent country. There are also many more numerous ecological parks in Mexico that the whole family can enjoy and create life time memories and are truly magnificent, as Xel-Ha and Xcaret.

Eco-Bahia, Turtle Preservation Site

Eco-Bahia Principe, Riviera Maya

Ecological Park, XELHA

Besides many cultural activities Mexico has to offer, it truly has one of the best Spanish, Mexican, and Colombian fashion stores that provide high quality outfits and swimsuits that are both unique and fashionable. Here is a list of some of the stores that I found where particularly great and what I liked about them:

Santa Lupita 

This brand has a lot to offer, it is one of those chic fashion stores that is both trendy and doesn’t support large production lines. Instead it supports artisan women and gives them the opportunity to sustain themselves. Many of these women in the past years have turned their backs on this career path, because it takes a lot of time to craft such beautiful items, from dyeing the fibres using natural colors to hand stitching and weaving each piece. However, this brand is trying to promote and market the traditional designs of Mexico throughout the world, since handcrafted fashion and such traditions are at a risk of fading away and being integrated into a corporate global system.

Pineda Covalin

If you don’t already know this brand then you should see what it has in store, since it’s one of Mexico’s most well-know fashion brands that is also exports internationally; it has stores throughout the United States, South America, and even Lebanon. The brands main focus is to promote traditional clothing and designs of Latin America throughout he world. It works in partnership with various local artists, craftspeople, and institutions in South America, but primarily with Colombia, Chile, and Mexico. It is one of those brands, as Desigual that loves bold colours, shapes, and patterns. However, I like this store particularly because of its philosophy; it believes that it should always give something back to various traditional and nomad communities through South America. It also works with and it supports various charities, particularly Save the Children and We Free the Children.

Llena eres de Garcia

I decided to include this brand on my list, since a lot of the girls at the pageant asked me where I bought my swimsuit for the pageant. This store, I believe has one of the best designs for swimsuits. Although it’s a Mexican brand, all the swimsuits are handmade in Columbia and some are also designed there. Even though, many of the swimsuits have intricate hand beaded designs they dry incredibly easy. I have two of there swimsuits for the past 4 years and from personal experience I can garments that they are done very well, since the colour hasn’t faded and the beads have never broken. As well, there are not as expensive as other swimsuit brands, and considering their quality and that they are hand made it is truly a great bargain.

Sincerely Yours,

Miss Tene GTA – Yanna 🙂

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Hey everyone! So in this post I will talk a little bit about myself and where I come from.

To start, I was born in Canada’s largest city Toronto, to parents that have fled Yugoslavia during difficult times and found this wonderful country we all call home. I am so great full and proud of my parents for there extremely hard work to give me so many opportunities, a safe, and a loving home for both my brother and me. From the age of three I have been pursuing three of my greatest passions, taekwondo, skiing, and dance that have taught me many things in life and gave me an opportunity to work with children. I have always been a devoted to taekwondo, and recently started to compete, where I won 1st (junior female team) and 4th (junior pair) place in Montreal at Canada Open in 2016, as well as I came 1st (junior female team) and 2nd (junior pair) place in Calgary at Canada Nationals in 2016. Thus, I qualified to be part of Team Canada for the 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Peru where in my division I won 12th place in the world.

1st place (junior female team) at Canada Open in Montreal, 2016.

1st place (junior female team) at Canada Nationals in Calgary, 2016.

2nd place (junior pair) at Canada Nationals in Calgary, 2016.

Top left – Medals from Canada Open
Top right – Medals from Canada Nationals
Bottom – memories from World Championships





























A little off the topic, but I would like to add that Peru was an amazing experience from the food to the culture, it was truly magical. After the competition when I went to Machu Picchu and stood on the ancient ruins of the Inca civilization, thousands of feet above sea level it was so uplifting and incredible that among everything I felt so free. As well, during the competition I met so many great people and national teams that I will always cherish those memories with them and the one’s in the life opportunity to compete at such a high level (equal to the Olympics) for my country Canada. GO CANADA!!!

At the top of the world…Standing on the old ruins of the Inca civilization at Machu Picchu

Team Canada (me in second line slightly off center)

Team Russia

Team Ukraine

Team Peru

Team Serbia

I am also a Level 1 CSIA ski instructor and an academically driven Honors student, who has received the highest qualifying scores on the SAT for John Hopkins CTY in Canada. Fluent in English and Serbian, I aspire to fortify my knowledge in French and Spanish. Though, I ardently believe in gender equality, I have dedicated to dedicate my platform to all children across Canada and the world.

Throughout my life I have regularly been volunteering and working with children of all ages and involved in athletics, that I wish to combine these two strong passions. By seeing many children of the 21st century suffer so profoundly as a result of various treacheries, through my title I aims to advocate for these children and to incorporate those who are disabled into sports. I believe that children are the future and our only hope for change and peace in this world. One day when I achieve my personal goal to become a doctor, I wish to travel the world and help these children as best as I can, since they deserve more than we have all given them.

I hoped you enjoyed reading a little about me.

Sincerely Yours,

Miss Teen GTA – Yanna 😊

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