The choice is yours with how you spend it.
The past year has been a whirlwind ride, I often say. Photo-shoots to charity tea parties to studying to parades to volunteering to the rugby pitch… The list is endless and is still growing. As Miss Teenage Vancouver Island, doors opened that I never imagined. My title created opportunities that I will cherish and connections for a lifetime. I had no idea the power within a crown and sash. It seems silly.
I often get asked why I chose to take part in Miss Teenage Canada?
If you know me well, you would know I’m not the stereotypical pageant girl. Firstly, I don’t dance…I frolic and try to look graceful. Secondly, I struggle to do my own hair and makeup. After watching “How to braid your own hair?” on YouTube, I’m still at the part of “grabbing 3 strands” and then I get lost. That perfect wing of eyeliner is inexistent I might get it after an hour of restructuring with a Q-tip. Thirdly, I’m a messy eater and I eat a lot, and I mean a lot. If I say I’m full…I’m probably lying. Lastly, walking around in a bikini with bruises from my last rugby game isn’t exactly how one would envision a pageant girl.
So why Mckenna? Why would you do such a thing?
It’s not for attention and it’s not for shock factor. To be honest I love trying new things. I crave new adventures. Some people call me CRAZY. However, with this platform I learned so much that you couldn’t learn in a classroom or on a field. I did it for me. I’m confident in my own skin. And really why wouldn’t I?
What’s next on my list?
Graduation! Weooo!! University for a commerce degree or a gap year/starting a business. I haven’t decided yet. Either way I’ll be playing rugby and searching for my next adventure.
I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.
Advice for future titleholders:
1) People will judge you; it’s how you deal with those people that will help you grow.
2) Get out into your community as much as you can. The AMAZING people you will meet will be a major support system for you and your title.
3) People will say no, it’s about not giving up until you get to yes.
4) Never second-guess yourself.
5) As stereotypical as it sounds, have fun! It’s SO important. Really really important
Lastly, thank-you to all the individuals and organizations that have continuously supported me throughout my endeavours.