Hello! My name is Emilia Puric. I’m 18 years old and from Toronto, Ontario. I currently hold the title of Miss Toronto 2019 and a delegate for this year’s Miss World Canada title!
I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and moved to Toronto with my family at a young age. I have been back to Ottawa many times for a visit and loved it. I’ve also travelled to many other amazing places around the world. Travelling is my favourite thing to do. Growing up in Toronto was wonderful because the city is filled with many opportunities for whatever dreams you may have. There are many well-known people from Toronto! When I was younger, I used to be a model. I’ve participated in many fashion shows. One of my favourite moments was being featured on a book cover. It’s amazing to see people having their own creative visions come to life. My past experience with modelling inspired me to step into my own creative side now and I feel that being a titleholder can offer that and so much more.
The beauty with a purpose project is what captured my attention to enter Miss World Canada. I’ve read all about the amazing things past Miss World contestants have done to help others and it really reminded me of my amazing mother whose worked in the medical field her whole life and dedicated so much of her time to helping other people. She’s currently a nurse manager in Etobicoke. My mom also inspired my degree path as I am going into my second year at York University for health studies.
The thing that I love most about pageantry is that offers young women a place to not only be themselves but have the opportunity to be a positive influence in their own communities. There are just countless ways to make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Each year, I volunteer at Toronto Challenge which is a 5k run/walk to support and fundraise for senior homes all over Toronto! This year was special because I got to wear my sash for the first time. I even encouraged my nine year old brother to come out and participate. Overall, I enjoy talking about relevant topics like the ones on environment and health.
I’m looking forward to sharing my story and passions this summer and meeting all the inspiring delegates of Miss World Canada 2019!