The moment I have been waiting for these last 6 months… It’s almost time to go to pageant week! This post exists for two reasons. The first is to thank everyone who’s helped me get where I am today; the second is to reflect on how far I have come in the last 7 months since winning my title.

Let’s start with the first. The thank yous.

Thank you to all my amazing sponsors for their generous contributions to help with pageant fees, to everyone who donated to Free the Children, and to every person who followed me on social media.

Thank you to my wonderful friends for putting up with my crazy schedule. I’m sorry for all the times I had to say no to going out because I had an event, and you’re the absolute best for always sharing my updates and shouting (literally shouting) my title to the world. You guys are the reason I’m still sane, and I love you all <3

Thank you to my fabulous family for all the love and support these last few months. Thank you DAddy for driving me places, editing my posts and letters, and always being there to give me a hug when I needed it. Thank you Mummy for all the shopping trips, getting your friends to like and share my page, and the encouraging words. Thanks Sorina for letting me borrow clothes, for editing things, and dealing with a very stressed out me. Thanks to Adrian for being way better at grammar and way calmer than I am. You guys are the bestest people ever and I would not have made it this far without you.

Finally, a huge thank you goes to all my pageant sisters. You have all been so helpful in offering both life and pageant advice, and just helping out with whatever one of us may need. It has been so much fun talking to you ladies in our group chat, and I cannot wait to meet you all in person! Best of luck to all of you, because you are all so beautiful and kind!

Part 2 – A personal reflection

Wow. Just wow. Ever since the first moment I got crowned 6 months ago, I still can’t quite grasp the fact that I am Miss Teenage Southern Ontario. Yes, I have the sash and crown to prove it, but it still feels unreal. Now, an hour before I am set to leave on for one of the greatest adventures of my life, I still don’t believe it! I am so honoured to have been chosen to represent this region, and I can’t wait to see what this week will bring me.

No matter what the results may be, I know that this experience will have been worth it. I have made life-long friends without having even met them in person. We manage the timezones (9 hours between Dijon and Vancouver), our busy schedules, and all our other commitments and made an effort to keep up with one another. I may not recognize their faces when I arrive, but I still know that Anastasia loves Doctor Who, Alysha’s obsessed with Taylor Swift, Carrington is a fantastic boxer, and Angel is an amazing actress. (Plus a zillion other little facts about other girls).

The Miss Teenage Canada competition isn’t just about the nicest dress, the best walk, or the most money raised. Sure, that’s important, but at the end of the day, I’m more likely to remember my closest girlfriends’ personalities not their clothes. That being said, to whoever does win MTC, congratulations! I am so proud of you and all you have achieved, and you should know your MTC Sisters will always be by your side.

That’s all for now, as I’m about to do some last minute prep and then get in the car to go. More updates soon!

Xoxo, Cristina

Written by: Cristina

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