Today we were able to sleep in! It was nice to feel well rested from the day before. It was perfect because we had a long day of rehearsals. We went over the introduction dance and put everything together. It was nice to work with Shawn and Hollywood. They are professionals indeed!

Afterwards, I had only 10 minutes to get ready for the Talent portion of Miss World Canada. Now, this is the one  I was looking forward to the most. It’s what I love, what I do, and what helped me shape into the person I am today.

Yes, this was my outfit for Talent.

I wanted to show how diverse women can be and change the perception of what “femininity” looks like. We do not have to follow society’s definition of what it means to be a woman. We are diverse and unique in our own ways. Women can dance in sweats/hoodies and hats. We are still BEAUTIFUL. We are fierce and powerful.

Hip hop has changed my life. It gave me confidence, it gave me hope, it drew me closer to my faith, it helped me make healthier choices, and it brought me COMMUNITY. I owe so much to this art form. It needs recognition and respect that it DESERVES. There is so much history of Hip Hop that I appreciate. It was a way to get children off the streets and to escape whatever struggles they had in their lives.

I really hope that my performance showcased all of these things. I just wanted to pay my respects to the special art as much as I can.

Special thanks to Fernando Valles and Nathan Tiangson for the help with the choreography and for being wonderful role models and leaders in the dance community.

And guess what? I made Top 3 for Talent! This means that I get to showcase my talent on the BIG stage for Final Night. I am so grateful for this opportunity to show to the judges and everyone more of who I am. I am more than just a shy, polite girl. I can be powerful, strong and fierce!

I cannot wait for Finale!

Much love,

Julia L.

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Today was the last day before finals! Today, we choreographed our opening number with our awesome choreographer Hollywood. He was clearly very gifted and he was so great to work with.

Because of COVID, we had to do the dance in smaller groups, as we aren’t allowed to all be onstage at the same time. Hollywood took this in his stride and made it work! He taught us all the basic choreography in groups, then from there, he selected people for different sections from the dance. I was so excited to be selected for a more complicated dancing part, as I am a dancer. I was even placed in the front! That was a huge confidence booster for me and I was SO happy.

Also, today, my best friend was in the area and brought me lunch! Isn’t that so sweet of her? She (as well of my other close friends) have been so supportive of my pageant journey. I couldn’t ask for better friends.

Today was a short post because honestly today was one of the more relaxed days (in comparison to the other days, but it was still super tiring).

Also, no photos of rehearsals (because it’s a surprise) but I’ve included one of my fit for the day.

 

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~Nicole

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Ladies and Gentleman,

This blog post is dedicated to our outgoing queens: Courtney, Gloren and Naomi. I’m not sure if you will read this but I want to say thank you, congratulations, and farewell! You have all been such lovely queens to see reign throughout the year. I am so grateful to have had the chance to get to know each of you. You have all made Canada SO PROUD and have carried your titles with grace, poise, and dignity.

Gloren
Our Miss Supranational Canada 2019 and Miss Earth Canada 2020. WOW. I admire your ambition and confidence so much. From placing top 26 at Miss Supranational, to overcoming COVID 19, and then to winning Miss Earth Canada 2020 all in a years time you have truly show what it means to be a resilient queen. We are all cheering for you as you represent Canada virtually at Miss Earth this year. All the best in your future nursing career as well, we need good caring nurses like you serving on the frontlines. Keep glowing girl!

Courtney
My soul sister! I never thought I would know anyone from Manitoba… and I’m pretty happy to say you’re my go-to gal for this province! From the moment we first chatted I felt an instant connection with you. You come across so friendly and relatable, two qualities any queen should possess. You have also been so lovely and checking in with me to support me on my journey to hopefully follow in your or one of the other queens footsteps. Heel steps? You know what I mean! Congratulations on a fabulous year as Miss Intercontinental Canada 2019 and keep shining wherever your path takes you next!

Naomi
As graceful as they come, you took the pageant world by storm with your calm yet confident presence. Your aura is always warm and welcoming whether it be through text or chatting via video call. Thank you so much again for your help judging Miss Queen of the Screen. While I wish I could have gotten to meet you in person I understand how time demanding and essential the clinical rotations for nursing school are. I am so proud that you have chosen to dedicate your career to taking care of others. You will be a phenomenal nurse! Congratulations on your TOP THREE placement in the talent portion at Miss World. What an incredible achievement to leave behind for the next titleholder. Congratulations and farewell Miss World Canada 2019!

It would be an honour to follow in the footsteps of any of these lovely ladies. They have all exemplified what it means to be a true Canadian titleholder. Thank you all for your time, compassion, and dedication to serving and helping others. I know that one day our paths will cross and I am SO excited for that day. Until then know my inbox is always open to chat about absolutely anything! Stay safe, keep shining, and farewell queens.

Air hugs,

Maria Giorlando

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Okay queens and kings,
This title… I am… Wait… I have NO WORDS! We had the honour and privilege of working with THEE Hollywood Jade! That’s right, the man who did the choreography for Rupaul’s Drag Race Canada is helping us with the dance numbers for Miss World Canada 2020. I am a HUGE Rupaul’s Drag Race fan as of this year so you can imagine I pretty much fan girl-ed the entire time working with him. He is so kind, down-to-earth, easy to work with, and more important he is FABULOUS! I think my favourite part of the entire week is when he called my group ‘The Glamazons’ hence the name of this blog post!

Outfit Of The Day

You know I have to do an outfit of the day recap so thank you to gal pal Tessa for once again helping me look and feel like a queen each day of pageant week. I am sporting a soft pink/purple two-piece jumpsuit from The Weekend Walkerville (I’m pretty sure at least) with a pair of silver and gold sparkly earrings. It’s the puffy sleeves and bow at the back for me really. I also was able to get a poppy by the lovely gentleman at the front desk of our hotel. After several days of asking if they had received any he gave me the poppy right off his shirt. How incredibly kind is that?! It is only right and respectful to continue the tradition of wearing a poppy right before Remembrance Day even during pageant week.

Sign The Sash

Today I also made a greater effort to get #SignTheSash around to several more titleholders before the week ends. I had another 9 pageant gals sign and hopefully will get everyone by the end of the week. Some of the girls were so enthused to be able to sign the sash since they had been following its journey since January when I started! I can’t wait for you to listen to their sashing stories. Also, I have the next province the sash is going to… wondering which it’ll be?! Stay tuned to find out. This will be the sixth province the sash is going to and it’ll be a new province too! So exciting that more girls in another province will be able to participate in this campaign! Thank you again to Robbie Lynn with Border City Prints for creating the sash!

Now to rest my feet and my eyes for a bit until the next rehearsal begins. It has been a lovely day and a lovely week, and I can’t believe that tomorrow is the final show! Be sure to register for free beforehand at www.mtcwlive.com to watch!

Thanks for reading and go out and SLAY the day because it is Friday!

Maria Giorlando 

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We had the busiest day yet! We had an evening gown photoshoot, interview with the lovely judges, swim suit photoshoot and then an exciting preliminaries!!

I felt very happy and proud of everything  I did today. It was very busy, but I am so glad I was able to do it with my pageant sisters! The evening gown photoshoot was so much fun. The photographer was very quick and efficient. He had everything planned out for us! From the poses to the angles, he’s an expert indeed! After the interview, I had my interview! Oh my goodness, I can’t not stress how much I was looking forward to speaking with the judges. I really wanted them to get to know me. I really wanted to represent myself and the people that look like me. I wanted to show them the TRUE ME. The authentic me. The heart that I have for MWC and what it stands for.

I have to say, I was very happy with how my interview went! The judges were extremely kind. But the best thing about the interview is that I felt HEARD. I felt that our hearts were one during the interview. It felt like a conversation rather than a stressful interview. I was able to share what I believe in and raise awareness to child and youth mental health, as well as being a person that is relatable. I want to be hope for those that are afraid to dream because of what they look like and where they come from. I want to spark fire to their souls and to push through their limits. I want to be an inspiration to young children that look like me. I believe that many people will be able to see themselves through me and feel that they can achieve anything.

We also had preliminaries! We did swimsuit, evening gown and fashion! I had so much fun. It’s really interesting because I think that MWC is helping me gain confidence. The one thing I was not looking forward to was swimsuit. I was self conscious of my body and was afraid to be live in front of my friends, family, pageant fans and strangers. But when I stepped out on stage, I forgot all my insecurities and just WALKED! I had so much fun! I felt beautiful on stage. I looked into the judges’ eyes and smiled. It was the best feeling! The evening gown was great as well. I felt elegant and I knew my gown was special. It was designed by Katherine Kruze (@katherinekruzecouture). And after that, top 6 girls presented their Beauty With A Purpose project and stepped on for fashion! Fashion was so much fun. The girls were told to be like a fierce model rather than a pageant girl. I needed to quickly adapt to what a model would be like. Although I wasn’t sure of what models pose and walk like, I tried my best. I am pretty proud of myself for showing the judges a different side of me!

I am able to have a good night knowing that I did everything that I can! The girls were so beautiful and I know that we were all shining on that stage.

Also, check out my fashion outfit! I am so glad that I chose pants! It was different but still edgy. I bought it from Esti Boutique!

 

Speak soon,

Julia L.

 

 

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Preliminaries were in the evening of day 5, so in my head it feels like a whole different day. This was honestly such a cool experience and I’m so proud of myself for even getting this far. There were three different events we did in prelims: bikini, evening gown, and fashion runway.

Bikini

The bikinis that we wore for this event were provided to us by the pageant. I thought that they were so fun and the colour really stood out onstage. I was really confident in my bikini walk. I felt sassy, fierce, and I made sure to make eye contact with all of the judges. Looking back at the video, my left arm does move a little more than my right arm, but now I know for the next time! There’s always improvements to be made.

Evening Gown

This gown was lent to me by my friend Marina. It was absolutely stunning and I got a ton of compliments on it. My gown walk felt great too; it was slow and demanded attention. Being in such an amazing gown gave me an extra boost of confidence. It also made me so excited that my friends were all watching and commenting. I even made a matching mask, which you can see in the photo!

Fashion Runway

Walking for the fashion runway felt so cool. We were instructed not to walk like a pageant girl, but imagine we were representing a huge brand, like Marc Jacobs. Walking down the runway made me feel like a real model and I LOVED it. I made sure to be sassy and give lots of attitude.

 

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~Nicole

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I wanted to spread my impact to help the most amount of people possible. So I continued my research. I discovered Feed it Forward Canada. Feed it Forward Canada is a not-for-profit with two main goals: to feed Canadians that are food insecure, and to reduce food waste. I knew that if I partnered with an organization with existing infrastructure and the same goal as me; to solve the hunger crisis in our city, I could do far more than I ever could alone.

I began telling everyone I know about my mission to help Feed It Forward grow and feed more people in Toronto than ever before. I used my social media as well as word of mouth and I was able to use my platform as Miss Toronto District World to get in contact with the owner of JL International Food Brokerage Service. He felt that my cause was a great one and he was enthusiastic to help. He donated a full truckload of food that I passed on to Feed It Forward Canada- as long as I transported it myself. I delivered dozens of cases of restaurant quality food including poultry, pasta, dinner rolls, vegetables and fruit to the Feed it Forward kitchen where I met Chef Jagger Gordon.

I explained to him my goal to grow my reach beyond Toronto to help all of Canada and he expressed enthusiasm. I reached out to my contact at JL International and we are working to find a solution all together. JL international has food warehouses across Canada, and Chef Jagger Gordon and I are in need of volunteers in other provinces to prepare donated food and turn it into frozen and fresh meals for food insecure households across the country.

If I am to be crowned Miss World Canada I will use the platform to help solve food insecurity in Canada. I will shine a light on the work of grocery store chains, farms and food suppliers to give them positive publicity in exchange for their donating food that would otherwise be going to waste. I will also use my platform to recruit volunteers across the country. My goal is to provide 10,000 meals to hungry Canadians in the next year. Since I have already provided 1000 meals and my list of resources and connections is growing, I know that I can do it.

It is my goal to make sure that no Canadian has to go hungry. My goal is to serve 10,000 meals from now until summer 2021 in this city. I know that with the support and resources of the Miss World Canada Organization I can achieve this goal.

 

 

 

 

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Wow! Day 5 was a packed day. Honestly, it felt like two seperate days because we did so much! This post will be all about the first half of the day, which consisted of two photoshoots and an interview.

Photoshoot 1 – Gown

This photoshoot was lots of fun and I felt super fierce the whole time. I was wearing an amazing gown that I borrowed from my friend Julia. As I mentioned in an earlier post, everything I brought to the pageant was already owned, borrowed, or thrifted as part of my BWAP project. I think this gown looked stunning on and I can definitely say my friend has great taste.

Interview

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make sure I was totally prepared for the interview and was able to say everything I wanted to say. In order to do this, I practiced over and over! You can read more about my preparation techniques here. Honestly, after my interview I was so proud of myself! I felt like I was ready for all the questions they asked me and that I said everything I wanted to say. The judges were super awesome as well and made me feel comfortable the whole time. After the interview, I was pretty much jumping for joy because of how good I felt about it.

Photoshoot 2 – Swimwear

This was the photoshoot I was most nervous for. Not because I don’t love my body (because I do), but I don’t usually take photos in my swimsuit. How should I stand? Where do I put my hands? Thankfully, the photographer was really awesome and he instructed me on how to do all of these things. I never felt uncomfortable and I hope we got some really awesome shots!

 

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~Nicole

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Okay be honest with me… is the caption too much? If you answered ‘NEVER’ then we can be best friends! Truthfully I came to plan and slay todays challenges for Day 5 of Miss World Canada. That means there are just two days left of the 2020 edition of this years pageant! I am giddy with excitement, but I won’t keep all the fun to myself. Let’s go through what the days adventures held in store for us delegates.

We started the day off by preparing for our evening gown and swimwear photoshoots. These outfits did not have to be our competition outfits which allowed for a little bit of room to have fun and be creative in the shoot I felt. After all,  I have been practicing my modeling and posing thanks to Lomer Photography and John from ClearlyImAPhotographer. The shots will be available within the next few days to show off to you all! I wore my custom made Debbie Carrol Designs gown with a pair of matching Perla’s Fashions earrings. I went with a simple black bikini, borrowed from gal pal Tessa Johnston, and a long dangly pair of earrings also from Perla’s. A day well spent in my books!

With no time to waste I went to my room and prepared for my three minute interview with our panel of judges. I felt quite calm knowing that I was comfortable with the mindset I had been preparing for so long. I wore a yellow Lavish Alive cocktail dress from Nordstrom Canada and paired it with a pearl earring and pair of white close-toed pumps. Complimented with a high-bun and I was ready to rock. Honestly I felt like the judges truly got to see my personality and charisma shine in the interview and that is exactly what I hoped for. Now to trust the judging process!

Am I going too quickly for you? Let’s do a little recap: gown photoshoot, swim photoshoot, interview. Okay great now that everyone is on the same page let’s move on to preparing for the preliminary competition! Prior to going down in our groups I received some pretty incredible news. I found out that I was in the top six for the fitness competition. The fitness fast track depends on the combined scores of the fitness competition and the swimwear walk. This meant I was a step closer to this award. One that I have been working towards for many months with my trainer Sean!

Moving right along to discuss the preliminary competition! Our very own Sammy hosted the competition and we were welcomed with over ten thousand online viewers in this COVID-19 safe edition of the competition. To watch the swimwear, evening gown, and fashion show visit the Miss World Canada Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/missworldcanadaofficial. We all got to wear a gorgeous bright green bikini with fringe for swimwear. My evening gown was a soft yellow/champagne colour fitted gown from Nina Couture in Mississauga. Lastly, I wore a Ray Ekaj body suit and red skirt with the longest train I have ever seen in my life. No seriously… I don’t think I’ll even have a train that long on my wedding day!

All in all I am VERY proud of my preliminary competition performance and I hope YOU enjoyed watching the pageant as well. Even if you are from the comfort of your own home I feel like we can all feel the energy and support of our loved ones. Keep in touch and check back in tomorrow for Day 6 of the Miss World Canada 2020 competition!

Maria Giorlando

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I don’t know about anyone else, but the interview is definitely one of the things I was the most nervous for. It is worth a lot of our competition score and it’s all about you. Because of this, I made sure that I was super prepared.

For provincials, I was proud of my interview however I felt I could’ve said more to make my answers even better. This time, I did heaps of research. I spent hours looking up pageant interview questions, and I also created some of my based on my bio page. I wrote all of these questions on cue cards, and on the other side, I wrote some key points that I knew I wanted to make sure I talked about. Using my cue cards, I practiced answering the questions.

My goal wasn’t to memorize my answers, because I knew this wouldn’t feel or seem natural. Instead, my goal was to focus on my key points and make sure I touched on all of them. I wanted to make sure that I knew everything enough for it to feel natural during my interview.

At this moment, my cue cards are beside me! They are honestly my holy grail and I think it was a good decision to prepare for my interview this way. It makes me feel comfortable knowing I have practiced good answers for many possible question, and I won’t have to think too much during my interview. I hope to make a good impression on the judges and I think my interview will help me do this.

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~Nicole

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