Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals, and PRELIMS! Today we woke up at 8:30am, and we were extremely thankful! We also had our breakfast delivered to our rooms, which included some very filling pancakes and yummy yogurt!
We had a full morning of rehearsals and it extended until 3pm. We have almost the whole show down, and after many many many practices our dance numbers look great too! I am so excited to show it to all of you at finals!
After that, we got our lunch (chicken fingers and potato slices) and I licked the box clean. We then went to get our hair and makeup done, with an emphasis on big hair and shining eyes! Thank you to Danielle and Anita from Academy of Hair Passion for the gorgeous hair style and I was seriously in love with this updo! Also a big thank you to Stephanie for such great makeup skills and Caitlin for the touch-ups, who were both from our sponsor, Motives Cosmetics!
We quickly got fitted for our opening number heels and our swimsuits, and they were so cute! The swimsuits were from BCBGeneration and the shoes were from Rosette. I was beyond thrilled to wear them!
Prelims was downstairs and all of us were like birds and we chirped around excitedly. Our stage was a T-stage, and I was quite happy about that because I have practiced on them before for the Khatsahlano Street Party modeling for Vancouver Fashion Week. Two of the reigning queens, Lauren Howe (Miss Teen Canada – World 2011) and Jill Martin (Miss Teen Canada – World 2013), who were here to support us and give us input on our walks. They were honestly some of the most down-to-Earth people I have ever met and they were true role models!
So I practiced for a while, before Jill announced my number and name. A funny story: when there were around four girls before me, my left eye suddenly got extremely irritated. I immediately had to take out my left eye contact! So in the end I went on stage with one blurred-visioned eye, which was so hilarious and scary at the same time because my vision was a mess! Good job for me for not falling and I think I did pretty good, despite that I probably couldn’t even see the judges’ faces clearly!
What was also interesting was that when I did my evening gown, something similar happened (and don’t worry, I already put in a new left contact). Just as I stepped onto the riser, my left heel fell out, due to bad stair-climbing HAHHA! So I stayed behind podium where Jill stood (she was the emcee), and I stomped my heart out to get my feet in place! I don’t know if the judges noticed my slight pause, or my stomping, but good thing that my dress was long! In the end I think my walk worked out, although it probably was not the best because I was still scared that my shoe would fall out!
Finally, all of us came out to do a little showcase of our beautiful dresses. Prelims was finished and off to talent gala tomorrow!
P. S. Make sure to vote for me for the People’s Choice Award (voting link here)! I have made a short video on how to vote, and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU in advance for everything!
Ariel Jingjing Cao
~ muah <3 ~