Hi everyone! Here is a post on my platform and biography.
My name is Neha B. and I am Miss Teenage GTA(Greater Toronto Area) 2015-2016. Just so everyone can get to know me a little bit better, here is my story! I was born deaf in both of my ears on November 2, 1999 in Oakville Ontario, Canada. My parents had to choose a mode of communication for me. They chose spoken language instead of sign language. With the help of my parents, sister and my therapists, I started my journey of learning to listen. Once it was determined that I was a right candidate for spoken language, at age 2, I got a surgery to implant a cochlear implant in my left ear at the Hospital for Sick Kids, in Toronto Ontario. This was followed by an implant in my right ear at age 10. I was introduced to music and dance at the age of 3 and today I am playing piano at the Grade 8 level. I love Ballroom and Indian classical dance. I am looking forward to taking the lifeguard exam this year. In school, I am a honor roll student and I enjoy learning different languages like French and Spanish. I am enrolled in the accelerated learning program/International Baccalaureate at White Oaks Secondary School, Oakville ON, Canada. My platform for the Miss Teenage Canada pageant is “Body Image”. Society puts a huge strain on men and women about the perfect, or ideal, body or body image. The dictionary definition of perfect is: “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.” But do you know what I think perfect means? “Human” Teenagers these days no longer feel that they have the freedom to explore who they are without being judged. Society and media emphasizes their concept of the perfect body. Ads for everything, from makeup and hair products to clothing and footwear, send messages that people need to look a certain way to be happy. It’s hard not to be influenced by that. I know being satisfied with appearance isn’t always easy. I have experienced feeling awkward when people approached me and asked what I was wearing on my ears. Over the years I have been comfortable with who I am, being hearing impaired has not stopped me from doing what I want to do. I feel that my comfort level with my disability has helped people around me to be comfortable or even inspired by me. It is not easy to get to this level of comfort but it can be achieved with education, communication, and self-appreciation. I want to empower teenagers to feel comfortable in their own skin. That comfort and confidence brings beauty that no one can take away.
My message: Be your own kind of beautiful ❤