For blog assignment number one, I will answer one of the questions that I was asked most about: What is Miss Teenage Canada?
The first pageant for Canadian teens was founded in 1969. Known as Miss Teenage Canada for the first 3 years, from 1969 to 1971, and re-named as Miss Teen Canada in 1972, the pageant was one of the most loved teen pageant in the world.
The pageant was always held in Toronto, Ontario and was sponsored by A&W Drive-Ins. Cleo Productions. Girls aged 14 to 17 were part of the beauty and personality competition, which was televised on CTV. Unfortunately, an end was put to the pageant in late 1990s due to financial reasons.
In 2008, Michelle Weswaldi (Miss World Canada 1996, Miss Intercontinental Canada 2000, and Miss Earth Canada 2001) produced the largest Canadian teen pageant. Owned by MTC-W Inc., the pageant was orginally called Miss Teen Canada – World but, this year, the name has changed to Miss Teenage Canada. There are numerous teen pageants out there, but Miss Teenage Canada is the most popular teen competition and NUMBER ONE in Canada!
The Current Miss Teenage Canada Pageant
Miss Teenage Canada is the only pageant to hold provincial pageants, which means that they come to YOU when they are on the search for the next queen.
Only requirements for the next Miss Teenage Canada are that you:
- Believe in yourself
- Can commit to putting 100% into everything you do
- Are willing to listen, learn and grow as a person through the MTC experience
- Want to gain confidence and build on your public speaking skills
- Want to make a difference in our society
- Have a voice that you want to be heard
- Enjoy being the centre of attention and want to be in the public eye
- Love glamour, fashion and glitz
- Love to travel and experience new culture
- Love to perform and be on stage
- Want to have an exciting new experience and make new friends from all over Canada
Miss Teenage Canada 2013 received over $25000.00 in cash and prizes, and each year’s national winner would represent Canada in the Miss Teen Universe Pageant.
Some of the celebrity judges and hosts include:
- Chelsae Durocher (Miss Universe 2011), judge.
- Luke Bilyk (star of TV show “Degrassi”), host.
- Cynthia Loewen (Miss Earth Ontario 2012), host.
- See full list here!
Why did I join?
Growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed watching pageants on TV, and I dreamed to become a charismatic pageant girl. I wanted to build confidence and to be a role model for young girls, so when I discovered Miss Teenage Canada I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to fulfill my wishes as a child.
I heard about the pageant through a friend from dance, Shayna Ding, who was the Miss Teen Calgary – World 2010. She explained that she had a great time during her reign and gave me kind words of encouragement. Thank you to Shayna for the recommendation and my reign as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014 has been, indeed, magnificent!
What I have learned?
Through my experience as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014, I not only gained confidence and public speaking skills, but also how to do business! I sent so many emails and made so many phone calls to sponsors, event organizers, and volunteering associations to promote myself and to see if I could help them in any way. I was also able to meet people of different ages and ethnicities to share my experience.
Whenever I show up at festivals/events, I am almost always expected to give a small speech. In the beginning I was quite nervous when people asked me to do this, but I said “yes” anyways to test my limits haha. Now, with all this “mental push” that I give to myself, I have become much better talking to large crowds, in both English and Mandarin Chinese! (since I attended many Chinese-Canadian events as well)
With the crown, I have the urge to do more good things, because I want to make sure that I am a good role model at all times.
I learned to value what I have, and to volunteer my time for the community. I found that I am the happiest when others are happy! This is the main reason why I attended all these events; to bring smiles to others’ faces!
Appearances/Events/Volunteer Work I’ve Done So Far
- July 1, 2014: Canada Day Parade in Downtown, Vancouver
- July 1, 2014: Canada Day Parade and Celebrations at Burnaby Village Museum
- Jun. 25 to 30, 2014: Leadership Camp 2014 at IWE Study & Consulting Inc. in Richmond (which is what I did to raise money for Free The Children, where all proceeds made from the camp went to FTC)
- Jun. 27, 2014: “Art Case” a talent show/contest for young artists at International Summer Night Market in Richmond
- Jun. 21, 2014: Vancouver Relay for Life for Canadian Cancer Society
- Jun. 21, 2014: Burnaby’s Multicultural Festival at Bonsor Recreation Centre
- Jun. 14, 2014: Whistler Water One Climb in support of Free The Children
- Jun. 10, 2014: Youth Volunteer Fair by Richmond Schools Youth Volunteer Association
- Jun. 7, 2014: Volunteered and performed at Hats Off Day for Burnaby Heights Merchants
- Jun. 1, 2014: International Children’s Day Annual Dance Showcase for Sunny Dance Studios
- May 31, 2014: “Harmonies for Hope 2014” a benefit concert, organized be Key Club of Vancouver Westside, for BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
- May 24, 2014: Mother and Father’s Day Celebration Dinner for Cao, Cai, Zhou, Weng, and Wu Decedents
- May 10, 2014: Teen Fest Vancouver 2014
- April 26, 2014: Richard T. Lee’s Fundraising Dinner
How can you apply?
I encourage all girls from ages 13 to 19 to join! Girls of all backgrounds, ethnicities, interests, and skills are welcomed. Miss Teenage Canada has opened many doors for me! If you are interested, make sure to check out the Miss Teenage Canada website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Youtube for their newest updates, and you can click on the button below to apply! If you need any help, feel free to message me, and I look forward to meeting you next year in Miss Teenage Canada 2015!
I am so excited for nationals week! I absolutely cannot believe that I will be competing for the ultimate crown of Miss Teenage Canada in 11 days!
If I am crowned Miss Teenage Canada, I will travel across Canada to talk to as many people as I possibly can, to spread my positive energy and to encourage others in chasing their dreams.
I will continue to do charity work, both locally and internationally, because I believe that helping others is the first step in creating my own success!
“Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful” – MTC motto
Ariel Jingjing Cao
~ muah <3 ~