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Wellington teen to compete in Miss Canada Globe pageant

Hailey MacDonald, of Wellington

By Olivia Timm
Wellington’s Hailey MacDonald will be among contestants in the Miss Teen Canada Globe pageant in Toronto this summer.

MacDonald, 16, says the pageant focus is on confidence and leadership-building activities as well as gaining make-up and hair lessons with the other young girls in a bid to become a role-model for others and make a difference in today’s society, their site explains.

Miss Canada Globe Productions began in May of 2000 and since, has expanded to offer several subcategories including Miss Teen Canada Globe for girls under 18 and Miss Teen Canada Petite, MacDonald’s category.

“I saw it on Facebook and after I liked one of the ads, a girl messaged me the next day. I honestly didn’t even think they would call me back, but they did! I did one of the interviews for it on the bus home from school, which was funny because everyone was sort of looking at me,” MacDonald said.

She didn’t sign up until a year later when she was in Grade 10, saw the advertisements again and decided to go for it. During the interview for the pageant, MacDonald was asked a series of questions, one of which was to name two women who inspire her.

Hailey MacDonald and mom, Lisa, are both excited about the 2018 Miss Canada Globe pageant.

Lisa, Hailey’s mom, was one of those women and so was Hailey’s sister, Jenny.

Lisa said she was always proud of her daughter.

“I’ve always said Hailey had good leadership qualities even back in public school. Sometimes you lose a bit of that confidence becoming a teenager, so I’m glad she’s doing this,” she said.

MacDonald was also asked what she would say about living in Canada if she were to represent the competition internationally.

“I said our country is accepting of everyone and that I’m proud of the work that’s been done to accept refugees and immigrants. Another key thing is our free healthcare. We’re so lucky here,” she explained.

There are several on-stage components to the pageant including bathing suit and evening gown competitions. Hailey chose a soft pink ballroom-style dress she purchased specifically for the Globe.

Last month, it was announced bathing suit and evening gown competitions would be removed from the Miss America pageant in an effort to stop judging women and young girls on their looks. A Vox article states that the competition, which began in 1921, has always featured a bathing suit section, but no one could quite explain why it makes sense to base the scholarships given to winners on who looks best in a bikini.

MacDonald agrees that although she’s not phased by it, she understands how removing a bathing suit competition is a step forward for women’s rights. The Miss Canada Globe pageant does not allow bikinis in the competition, only one-piece bathing suits and that the colour of the suit depends on the category each girl is in.

“I personally don’t see a problem with the bathing suit competition, but I can definitely see why they would take it out completely and I think it’s probably a positive thing to remove it.”

Together, Hailey and her mom brainstormed that Hailey could read a meaningful, powerful poem for the talent portion of the pageant. Their vision is of Hailey dressed in black and reading a dramatic, serious poem to captivate the audience.

Leading up to the August pageant, MacDonald has to complete a biography to be published.

She is representing her Wellington home, and the broader Prince Edward County community, by asking local businesses for sponsorship, which won’t only offset the cost of applying for the event, but also to get her name out there, her mom said. She has also been involved in several charity events around the community such as Relay For Life and the Wellington’s Women’s Half Marathon.

“It’s good that those two events are also empowering women. It really compliments what Hailey’s doing,” Lisa added.

For MacDonald, the pageant is about more than just dressing up.

“The pageant is meant for girls and women to build confidence and see their beauty on the inside, too. It will hopefully teach us all how to think positively about ourselves.”

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