Miss Teenage Canada would not be possible without all of our wonderful sponsors. The week started with the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, Opening Party.
It has begun. The 2017 search for Miss Teenage Canada started triumphantly with a party for the fifty nine regional delegates that was hosted entirely by sponsors.

2017 Sponsor Party – Search for Miss Teenage Canada

The Sponsors included the social media aggregator that was fetching pictures from Instagram all night

Hashtagio social media aggregator was set up to show the Instagram feed for #MTC2017.  Just like last year, all the best shots are being collected and displayed on the website in a special Go Behind the Scenes via Instagram page. Business phones, Nortel Networks the unique service is co-sponsored by Standard Telecom business phone networks and all week long we are encouraged to use our cell phones and mobile devices to post our best moments using the #MTC2017 hashtag.

Adanna and Dahlia showing off Up to the Time’s gorgeous watches!

Dahlia Desouza from UptotheTime Watches was placed fourth in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada pageant. Dahlia started up her business on her own very recently and is already selling very high quality merchandise. They were showcasing beautiful watches and necklaces, also a part of their proceeds go towards helping fund educational facilities in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

The Wandering Minstrel Music School from Mississauga was there running an Instagram #MTCSongSolo challenge. Delegates were invited to select one of five instruments and record a musical performance on Instagram using the #MTCsongselo hashtag. The prize for the video with the most likes at the end of the night will WIN a new cordless microphone!

Adanna Taylor and Samantha Pierre (Miss Teenage Canada 2017) perform a duet with The Wandering Minstrel’s cordless microphone

It was a ton of fun having the oppertunity to sing with the other girls and get to know them. We all shared a lot of laughs.

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Adanna Taylor and Mackenzie Murphy show off Nine West’s beautiful shoes

Our shoes from Nine West were on display and we were encouraged to try on the shoes and get our shoe sizes recorded. We got the sponsored shoes today and they are sooo comfortable. We also got a chance to shop at Nine West in Yorkdale mall and they offered us shoes at a discounted price.

Rob himself was running the Archer Dental booth and giving away dental supplies, gotta keep our teeth sparkly white for pageant week!

Golden goddess beauty supplies from glamour goddess, Queenie and her daughter make all the products themselves, not to mention they are all of very high quality, apply nicely to the skin and smell so so good.

Golden Goddess’s awesome line of amazing products!

 

I would like to end with a HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors. This week was so amazing and could not have been possible without all of you. Much love!

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Fashion is a very important aspect of our identities. The way we lresent ourselves to the world says a lot about our character and our persobalities. StreetChic.ca is a new fashion blog website dedicated to showcasing styles from across Canada. Written for the people by the people, Street Chic offers a unique insight into some of the fashions being worn by Canadians. I had the honour of writing an article for Street Chic showcasing some of the things that teens in my area were wearing. (Link: COMING SOON!) Here, I am offering some bonus content for the post I made on StreetChic.ca. I’m posting 2 extra interviews in addition to the 4 I posted over there so make sure you check that out too! Enjoy!!

Imani, 13
Shirt: Silk Screened
Pants: Thrifted

 

At 13 years old, Imani is just finding her style. She’s begining to put together outfit’s that reflect her artistic personality. Imami designs and sells t-shirts online and likes to makr her own things and wear old clothes and make them stylish. “Fashion is a method of self expression and it can be related to a group or a culture or just be lots of fun!” – Imani

Imani show cases her unique style

 

Haydee looks great in her t-shirt dress.

Haydee, 19

“Fashion has meant absolutely everything to me for as long as I can remember. Even as a toddler I was wrapping shoelaces around my feet in different designs to represent shoes. I never let my mom dress me because I wanted to pick out my own clothes. When I was 8 years old I was aware of trends and how to make them my own based on what I had. In the past few years I’ve realized that fashion is something that I want to pursue as a career. I want to help people express themselves and feel comfortable and confident with themselves externally, so then they can better themselves internally. Personally, fashion has always been a way for me to show people who I am without using words, and when I feel like I’m being visually represented, I feel incredibly content in who I am. That’s why I think fashion is so important. It’s this huge cultural part of human nature and it can entirely affect how you feel about yourself and others, and has no boundaries.” – Haydee

Be sure to check our the other 4 interviews and other blog posts like this at StreetChic.ca. Leave a comment, share with a friend, or submit your own article! I’m so excited to share this amazing platform with all of you.

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I love Toronto. It is home to an array of creative and intelligent individuals and a rich, vibrant community. We look at the population and places like Greektown, The Gay Village, and Little India and the cultural diversity is evident. However, with entire districts designated to fashion, theatre, entertainment and other art forms (not to mention the multitude of museums), we also see artistic diversity. Toronto truly embraces its art culture with enthusiasm.

Nowhere embodies this more than Graffiti Alley.

Spanning about 1 kilometer between Queen St and Richmond St in the Fashion District, Graffiti Alley is a must see for Toronto tourists. I stumbled upon this beautiful location while on a walk in the city with some friends last summer. We were walking through the Fashion District when I spotted a mural of a toddler playing on a cellphone.

The mural of the Toddler with the cellphone from Google Street View

Although finding it interesting, we didn’t think too much of it. Soon, we found ourselves surrounded by vibrant, intricate pieces in every direction. The alley is home to some exquisite and masterfully crafted artworks ranging from whimsical to political in their nature. That being said, there were a few pieces that stuck with me.

OWN IT

This piece by an unknown artist features a picture of a black woman with the words “It’s showtime baby girl, own it.” underneath. I really liked the uplifting nature of the quote and the simple but detailed portrait. Upon further research, I found that the quote was a lyric from the song “Waiting on It” by female rapper Rapsody (please be warned that the song does contain some explicit language). In the song, Rapsody talks about self-empowerment as well as the empowering of others. Another lyric featured in the song speaks of paving the way for other women who seek to be successful in her male-dominated industry.

“Breaking water that’s labour for all the daughters / I’ve been working so when they older everything’s back in order”

It’s showtime baby girl

OWN IT

LOVE RULES

The next piece I really liked was a simple quote. The artist wrote “You’ve got to let love rule” amongst a small field of hearts, a philosophy by which I think everyone should live. Created by self-proclaimed love based activist, Alyssa Rushton (@heart_ _bomb), the piece embodies the simplicity of happiness. Although it likely took her no longer than 20 minutes to complete, her art bears a message that should be carried by its viewers for a lifetime.

Positive vibes only!

Love wins

CREATION OF ART

Unlike the last two pieces that displayed important messages, I like this piece purely due to its beauty and adept execution. An excerpt from Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”, the artist masterfully recreates Michelangelo’s intricate artistic style. It’s talented creator is tattoo artist Willy Wales (@crwales66), a Toronto based Tattoo artist who specializes in portraits.

Modern creations

The wonderful work of Willy Wales!

Graffiti Alley offers an authentic look into the minds of Torontonians and the culture of the community. With no admission fees and its safe location, Graffiti Alley is incredibly accessible to all those who wish to see it. Graffiti Alley attracts many photographers on a daily basis and has acted as the background to the “Rant” segment of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report for many years giving the area true Canadian cultural significance. I love it because every time I go, I find more and more beautiful pieces of work and learn more about my favourite city in the world.

T.O.

If you would like to explore Graffiti Alley, you can pay it a visit in real life or in an interactive tour on Instagram @graffitialley.to. Support the artists by visiting their Instagram pages and drop a rating on Trip Advisor showcasing your favorite pieces!

O Canada!

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Spring is always a great time of year. All of the snow melts, the trees start to get their leaves back, and the temperature is above 0 for a few days in a row (until we get some spontaneous snowfall). One of my favourite parts about springtime is Easter. With free chocolate, giant bunnies, and pretty colours, Easter gives us that kick to help us out of our winter slump. This year, I was so fortunate to participate in the Pickering Easter Parade on April 15th. I had never been in a parade before so this was really exciting for me. This was also my first big appearance as a titleholder so there was also that to look forward to. After getting all my application forms in, the first order of business was getting a car. I tried calling a few dealerships without much luck before asking my friends. I honestly wasn’t expecting to get much luck from that either but, lo and behold, turns out my friend’s mom’s boyfriend has a bright yellow 1994 Chevrolet Corvette and he was more than happy to use it in the parade.

Yellow, blue, and pink feel very festive!

After expressing my gratitude, it came time to think about signs to put on the car announcing who I was. My original plan was to attach the signs using magnets so not to damage the paint job with tape. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t work as the frame of the car was built out of fiberglass. Plan B was to use craft wire and tape it to the inside of the car.

I was really happy with how they turned out!

Now that the car and the signs were all sorted out, it was time to think about my princess dress. In my neighbourhood, there’s a fabulous dress shop called Play It Again Val where I’ve bought every single gown I’ve ever worn. Grade 8 grad, dresses for gigs, my prom dress last year, my pageant dress, and my prom dress this year were all purchased at Play it Again Val for AMAZING prices so, logically, that was the first place I went to find my princess dress. As it turns out, I found a beautiful pink one shoulder gown for $100 in one try. A week before the parade, I was so excited and everything was ready to go then I looked at the weather forecast… rain. I was literally going to rain on my parade. I didn’t mind though. I waterproofed my signs, grabbed an umbrella, and smiled and waved while my dress got soaking wet. Being a former Girl Guide, I’m definitely not afraid of a little rain!

I had a basket of chocolate eggs and little plastic tiaras to throw to the kids and a lot of them were really excited to catch them. I even heard a little girl saying “Mommy, I’m going to meet a real princess!”. All in all, it was a great time. After the parade, I was able to interact with some of the community members and take some pictures with the kids. I really loved having the opportunity to wear my sash and crown at a community event. Seeing how excited the little ones were to meet reminded me of my role as a mentor and role model in my community.

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In August of 2015, I traveled Tanzania with Me to We on a build trip. It was the most amazing experience and I learned so much. I’ve always had a desire to help people and that trip only made it stronger.

A group of world changers!

I was inspired to do more work and once I got home, I tried brainstorming a few projects to continue my work but, couldn’t think of anything that excited me. Life went on until September of 2016 when I had just started grade 12 and had a spare for the first time. I figured this time could be used to start brainstorming again. While wracking my brain for a project idea, I remembered that when I went to Tanzania, the trip facilitators encouraged us to leave behind some clothes and supplies to donate to the people who worked our staff. Among the items that I left behind was a big bag of pads and tampons that I had packed but hadn’t used. The thought to leave it came at the last second and I remember thinking “I wonder how many people actually think to donate menstrual products”. Upon the recollection of that memory, Crimson Wings was born. It was originally meant to be an international project donating the collected products to the village in Tanzania where I volunteered. Upon further research, I found that homeless women were also in great need of menstrual products and I decided to focus more locally.

I further developed the idea and decided that my end goal was to launch an organization that provides supplies and services to homeless women. Things like education on hygiene and healthy foods that are cheap, places to sleep and shower, as well as menstrual products and other supplies like baby formula. Now, as we all know, all big things start small so I figured the best place to start was with a school group.

The Crimson Wings logo designed by my little sister

Starting in December, I ran a few poorly attended weekly meetings. I was under the impression that I needed a big team to help me with my project so, the lack of interest from my peers was really discouraging. I put the project on hold until I could think of a better way. After the pageant, my flame was rekindled and my motivation went into overdrive. I had to figure out a way to do this by myself. At first, I thought of setting up a table in the atrium of my school at lunch time and collecting individual pieces from passers by but, even that required a whole lot of paperwork and I would have to wait for approval. I simply didn’t have the patience. By this point, I was itching to run the pad drive and I knew that there had to be a better way. I finally decided to run the drive as a community event and collected from my neighbors, friends, teachers, and my mom’s colleagues. I printed some flyers (read the Crimson Wings Pad Drive Flyer here) and passed them out to my community members and donations came pouring in.

Donation bin at the Durham District School Board Office on day 3 of collection

Lots of sorting, packing, and prepping boxes!

Lots of sorting, packing, and prepping boxes!

Lots of sorting, packing, and prepping boxes!

 

Crimson Wings finally became real. On March 30th, I collected all of my donations and packed them into boxes to be donated. The donation ended up going to Joanne’s house, an emergency shelter for youth in Ajax on Saturday, April 8th.

Donation boxes packed, painted, and ready to be delivered!

I can’t begin to describe how great it felt to see just how excited the women in my community were about donating. This drive was a small scale “experiment” of sorts that only ran for four days and we still got almost 100 donations. I’ve already approached managers at a few local grocery and drug stores about donating in the next wave and they seem pretty enthusiastic. This was truly an experience of a community of women coming together to help each other. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated items and helped to make a difference. I am so excited to run another pad drive and even more excited to see the future of the Crimson Wings Project.

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As you all know, this past Wednesday was International Women’s Day. A day that here in Canada often passes by fairly unrecognized. Aside from the fancy google logo (which was beautiful this year and featured 13 influential women from this century ) in recognition of the day and the trending hashtag on twitter, not much is really said about it. Either way, as I was frantically scoping the internet for a meaningful picture to post (before deciding to take my own) I came across this gem.

This quote perfectly captures the essence of female empowerment. Women helping women, striving for excellence as a team. We are fortunate here in Canada to live in an environment where women and men are very close to equal. Although problems do still exist, we are in a good place here. We have the right to vote, we see tons of women in the workforce, and we have laws in place that protect women and men from gender discrimination. Although all this progress has been made, one obstacle we have yet to overcome is female bullying.

I remember being bullied in elementary school. Taunts, manipulation, hurtful words, all at the hands of female peers. Even today, as a grade 12 student in high school, it happens all the time. These days, it often comes in the form of subtweets and rumors but, in elementary school, I faced a lot of exclusion and trickery too. Most girls who have been bullied share a similar story. The bullying take place at the hands of other girls. But why does this happen?

Perhaps the most legendary example of female bullying is immortalized in the 2004 movie “Mean Girls”

Girls bond differently than boys do. We bond verbally by sharing stories, thoughts, and secrets. Our bonds with each other are very much cognitive. Since we’re connected this way, it makes sense then that the way girls bully would be different than the way boys do. While boys are often more physically aggressive, girls really get into each others heads. They know what to say to hurt each other but, they’re also more subtle in their bullying. So much so that it often goes unnoticed by parents and teachers which can have devastating consequences. We hear stories of framing, backstabbing, sabotage among girls even depicting it in movies and television.

A “me/us vs. them” mentality is incredibly toxic and not very productive. We make hashtags and YouTube videos and tumblr posts about all of the women’s issues we want resolved but, without the proper frame of mind, not much is going to change. By moving as a unit and ensuring the success of all instead of one or a few, we could make the world just a little more bearable for everyone.

With that being said, the crown I was awarded is not just mine. I was chosen to represent South Eastern Ontario therefore, this crown belongs to every woman and girl in my region. The gallery below is a representation of just some of the queens in my local community. We will share victories and struggles but, if we work as a team, we can achieve greatness together.

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Hey, ladies!! I was recently honored with the title of Miss Teenage South Eastern Ontario and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be a title holder. I never thought I would ever participate in a pageant let alone come in 3rd place. I remember being there and seeing all the other girls and wondering why I thought I even had a chance but, something magical happened when they called my name during the crowning ceremony. Allow me to introduce myself and to give you some insight on what my blog is going to be about.

Group Photo! Miss Teenage Canada provincial competition.

Group Photo! Miss Teenage Canada provincial competition.

A Little Bit About Me…

I’m from Ajax, Ontario, a beautiful suburb about 30 minutes from downtown Toronto. Home to about 109, 600 people, Ajax is brimming with opportunities to grow, help, and connect with the diverse members of the community. At my high school, I’m part of an all-female a capella group called the Femtones. We sing at school and community events and went on to win gold at the MusicFest Canada National Competition.  I am also an active member of the theatre community at PHS. Just this year, I directed two comedy sketches, acted in one play, and am currently rehearsing for my school’s musical.  I’ve accepted my offer from York University and will be going there to study Theatre in the fall. At home, I’m the fourth of 6 girls in my family. My three older sisters have 8 kids between them and my younger sisters are twins who just turned 13. My older sisters all live on their own which is probably for the best. A house of 3 teenage girls is a full house indeed. We often argue and I wouldn’t say that sharing the bathroom is something we’re too good at but, we love each other all the same.  Sometimes, me and my sisters will sing and play guitar or ukulele together which is always fun. Another fun fact, my first name is hyphenated. Now most people don’t believe me at first but, since my great-great- grandmother on my father’s side was named Princess, my parents named me Princess-Adanna. My friends all like to joke that I truly live up to my name.

Me and three of my cast mates performing as Dynamites in our high school's 2016 production of "Hairspray"

Me and three of my cast mates performing as Dynamites in our high school’s 2016 production of “Hairspray”

A few of the femetones and our director after our performance at a Caribbean festival last summer

A few of the femetones and our director after our performance at a Caribbean festival last summer

I Love Helping People

I know that this has become a bit of a cliché but, I really do consider it to be an integral part of my character. As soon as I turned 16, I became an organ donor. Knowing that if something were to happen to me that I could help save someone’s life is very important to me. In the summer of 2015, I participated in a Me to We build trip to Tanzania which was absolutely incredible (more on that in a later post). Lastly, in grade 11, I completed a co-op placement at my local hospital in the Maternal/Newborn Unit and learned a lot about women’s health as well as the nursing profession. It was this co-op placement that inspired me to become a nurse and to start my non-profit organization, Crimson Wings.

The people who I went to Tanzania with all became great friends after the trip

The people who I went to Tanzania with all became great friends after the trip

While doing my co-op, I got to wear scrubs like all the other nurses. They were suuuper comfy.

While doing my co-op, I got to wear scrubs like all the other nurses. They were suuuper comfy.

Crimson Wings

Every year, people run food drives, gather old clothes, and collect toys to send to homeless shelters and food banks. However, on thing that people don’t often think to donate is menstrual products. This crossed my mind a few months ago and I knew that I had to do something about it. I decided to start Crimson Wings as a club at my school. It’s taken a while but, the wheels are slowly beginning to turn. We’ll be running our first “pad drive” next week and I’m so excited for us to eventually grow into a non-profit organization with chapters across Canada.

The Crimson Wings logo designed by my little sister

The Crimson Wings logo designed by my little sister

I’m so excited to share more about myself and to learn about you in the comment section. Communication is really important to me so feel free to tell me anything! Thank you all for following me on this incredible journey. I’ll be sure to write as often as I can.

Much love,

Adanna

Miss Teenage South Eastern Ontario

 

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To say that this past week has been incredible at MTC is an understatement. There are so many genuine and beautiful girls inside out that I’ve met here in Toronto this week. It’s amazing to know these girls from all over Canada have come together to make a difference, make memories and friends for a lifetime.  I am forever grateful for this experience.

Yesterday, we went to the Eaton Centre for lunch and stopped at this gorgeous little blue vintage van from Richtree Market.  This Volkswagen van from the sixties is just so much fun, we had to take pictures! The Staff there were so friendly and welcoming as each of us took pictures beside them in front of the volkswagen. We also received these cute vintage bottles with sprite and coke. These bottles are fun to collect so make your way over and grab yours when you have the chance!

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If you are into the ever growing vintage fad and a healthy lifestyle than Richtree Market is a must for you. There are hundreds of Vintage Clubs now across the world with people actually trying to live the vintage life, so our little Richtree Market with the vintage Taco van and all natural food is a perfect setting place to have your very unique and valuable meal. Prices were excellent and knowing that your meal is healthy and all natural makes out for a happy shopper at the Eaton Centre! 

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Thanks for reading everyone, Preliminary’s are tonight! It’s not too late to vote so if you have time please vote for me for the peoples choice award, you have until Sunday and here’s the link 🙂

http://www.missteenagecanada.com/vip-signup

Amanda Jordan <3

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As I’m sure you all know, my platform is mental health. Although it is a very common platform this year in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant it is also a very important cause that needs a light shawn on it in terms of ending the negative stigma associated with mental illnesses. Some of my friends in high school were diagnosed with depression and had a really hard time dealing with their illness and other peers in school. They didn’t want anyone to know about their mental illness and as a result, no one understood why they were acting different at certain times. Some say depression is an excuse to avoid dealing with responsibility in life, but they think this only because they are uneducated on the illness and don’t understand. Creating awareness about what it is like to have depression, giving people something to relate to, and spreading the word that there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of is the first step towards changing the negative stigma.

As a musician, I express myself and my beliefs through my music and song writing. I wrote a song and created a music video called Breathe Easy to support those with mental illness. The lyrics in the song describe how a person with depression feels and how it is so important to support our friends when they are going through hard times. Creating awareness is the first step towards finding support.

I believe that people respond to music. Music is a way to storytelling that holds people’s attention and if you get the right lyrics and melody people will feel a connection to your message. I once performed Breathe Easy for a competition in Nashville and the judges started to cry. They heard the message loud and clear and they could relate to person in the song. One out of five people will suffer from mental illness sometime in their life.

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I had the very fortunate experience of meeting a very kind veteran named Major Nick Nicolas who at the age of 70 was doing a 13 day walk through the Rideau Trail from Kingston to Ottawa to raise money to train service dogs for Veterans with PTSD. I was so inspired by Major Nick that I wrote a song to help create awareness about PTSD, called Carry You. Major Nicolas invited me to sing the song at his kick off in Kingston and then on Canada Day as he arrived at the Aviation Center in Ottawa. I was so honored to do so. In a blog that Major Nicolas was writing he referred to me as a humanitarian and he could not have given me a greater compliment.

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If I was chosen as Miss Teenage Canada I would continue doing humanitarian work using my music to tell the stories that need to be heard. I would use my music to help the less fortunate and use my music to teach the more difficult messages that need to be taught.

Thanks for reading <3

Amanda Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

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