When I found about the Miss BC pageant, I learned it was a great opportunity for young girls and women to use their voices for what they believe in. I knew right away that it was a great opportunity for me. It was a lot to prepare for but in the end it was worth it.
The Miss BC pageant took place from July 1 to 3, 2016. The first two days we were all busy with workshops on self-defence, self-esteem, etiquette, public speaking, interviews, modelling, and dance.
It was a great experience; I got to learn so much about myself and others. The pageant day finally came on July 3. We did an opening dance, and the evening gown walk, among others.
Finally the moment of the top 15 came. Who was going to be in the top 15 out of 53 contestants competing for the title of Miss, Mrs., and Miss Teen BC? I was so surprised when they called my name for the top 15.
After they announced the top 15 it was the on-stage interview part. The question they asked me was “You mentioned you participated in a speaking competition for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, how would you like to inspire people who are Hard of Hearing?” It was a great question; I could answer it with my heart.
Finally it was the crowning moment. The moment I will never forget is when they called my name as the title of Miss Teen BC 2016-17. I felt so much happiness.
Now let me talk about myself. I am currently 17 years old. Being born deaf I grew up as a hard of hearing individual. Being hard of hearing had a great impact on my life in many ways. It taught me that I was unique in my own ways. I have gained self-confidence and love through my experiences struggling as a hard of hearing individual.
My platform is to help people with disabilities to accept and embrace themselves. Winning this title, I will make sure I fulfil my duties and continue to inspire others. I’ve learned how to love what I cannot change.
Growing up as a young girl I understood the pain of being made fun of as a hard of hearing individual. People would think of me differently. I realized why I should let people’s negative opinions affect who I am as a person. I’ve learned to accept and love myself. The pain I went through made me a stronger person today.