Welcome to the side of the internet in which I call my blog! I could potentially write about what it means to be Miss Teenage North York, or I could tell you how and why I’m here.

At the moment, I have three english assignment due on Monday for summer school, trying to get those volunteer hours, close to completing a piece of writing for publication, violin lessons on Thursday and about 30 other things I need to do.  At times, having so many tasks to complete can seem overwhelming, and it is. However, I strongly believe that to get to where I want to be, I have to take on as many of my goals as I can. One of those goals being competing in Miss Teenage Canada. Interestingly enough, I never saw myself as a pageant girl. Prior to applying for preliminaries, I, like many others had the stereotypical image of beauty pageants in my head. I’ve only come to see how many opportunities it can bring, and how it genuinely pushes people to do good in the world. I intend on making the world better for someone somewhere and this pageant will help me do that. Shocking to some of you right? How can a beauty contest benefit other people? Let alone the world. I’ll tell you, better yet i’ll show you.

A look into the future: Why am I here?


Growing up with parents who are both artists, I loved art and design. For the longest time, my goal was to go to Parsons in New York and start my own fashion brand. I even competed in school fashion shows and won audience’s favourite. Due to so many circumstances, my fashion brand will have to wait a few years and Parsons is no longer my dream school. As someone from the middle east, I have unfortunately seen on a first hand basis the inequality and injustices women and children face in developing countries. Not to say that it doesn’t happen to men or people in first world countries. However, seeing the current political state of the world, it changed the direction of my career to law, politics and human rights. If I can use this platform to gather an influence of people, who like myself share this common goal, I think it would be an opportunity wasted not to take it. In general the modelling and pageantry I do now (I assure you!) is to help me in my future political career. To achieve that I have my hopes set on Harvard haha. Alongside school, I want to continue writing major pieces of work, continuing art, eventually a fashion brand, human rights activism and also land development in developing countries. I still have more to think about and add to my list of goals.

A look into the past: How am I here?

Anyone reading this can say, its easy to type something, another to mean something, and a completely other feat to experience and relate to something. I never want it to seem that I am interested in the injustice of others solely to put on my pageant blog. It really is important to me and I’ll summarize why. Growing up I was never the “bubbly” and most enthusiastic person, which is fine right but it pushed me to art. The artistic community is rather a… well … unique one. We all feel as if were being cheated when it comes to school and self expression. That may not be necessarily true, but it is a fact that the schooling system is broken and will never cater to groups of different talents. That being said, this whole idea of school letting me down and never being able to stand by and let things go unnoticed, gave me major chronic depression and anxiety. Among other things of course. Despite depression, it never really altered my self confidence and pageantry genuinely pushes people to do great work in their communities. I really do want to make school better for everyone in the future, and have charities for people with mental illnesses as it is something I have struggled with before in the past. This is something I do want to be a part of, it is something that makes me happy.

More about me…

Honestly, Im just trying to live it up as much as possible. I know thats over used and a cliche but it is important to me to be able to have stories to tell later on. Im still doing school (obviously I’m in grade 11), but among that I spray paint and do graffiti in my free time. In legal places of course. I plan spontaneous trips to Scotland, I go out with my friends every week. I have a dog and a cat that I adore to pieces, and thats about it. I identify myself more with what I plan to do in the future rather than these current, nonchalant activities. I had so much to write about, shoutout to Naomi for always being there to bounce ideas off of!

Edinburgh, Scotland

Thanks, till next post…

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Written by: Tanya
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