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!
Sana, Miss Teenage GTA.
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