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Wellington’s Hailey MacDonald to represent Canada on international stage

Wellington’s Hailey MacDonald

By Olivia Timm
Wellington’s Hailey MacDonald brought home fourth place, confidence and an experience of a lifetime after participating in the Miss Teen Canada Globe pageant show this summer in Toronto.

Miss Canada Petite Third Princess – Lisa MacDonald pageant photos

MacDonald says she’s excited to take all she’s learned to the next level and will be travelling to the Dominican Republic in April to represent Canada in the Miss Teen Petite Beauty International Pageant.

The 11-day event took place at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites, where delegates from around the country gathered to learn all things pageant – confidence-building, make-up and hair training, and bonding with the others.

“My experience was amazing. I learned so much in the time I was there. I learned about confidence, how to have it and how to properly use it. I learned the importance of self-love, and most importantly, how good it feels after you’ve done hard work,”

MacDonald spoke of the many skills involved.

“You gain leadership skills from it all when you’re talking in front of a crowd of people, being interviewed and especially raising awareness for your chosen charity.”

MacDonald was fast-tracked to be one of eight final competitors, thanks to her fundraising efforts leading up to the pageant. Her chosen charity is Royal LePage Women’s and Children’s Foundation, which supports women and children trying to escape violence.

From left: Jenna Ramos, Hailey MacDonald, Shauna Griffiths, Mildred Rincon, Denise Palencia, and Kerry-Anne Fiorit, who all were awarded with “fast tracks” to the semi-finals.

In the finals, she placed fourth – landing the title of Miss Teen Petite Beauty International 3rd Princess. MacDonald was also named Miss Teen Southern Ontario Globe, which gives her the responsibility to make three charitable appearances a month and maintain good grades. She was the emcee at the Picton Fair Baby Show earlier this month.

Parents Rick and Lisa supported Hailey since day one, although nervous to jump into the pageant world at first, they said it turned out to be a great experience for Hailey.

“Hailey truly blew me away each and every day,” said mom. “Her poise, strength and dedication were awesome. I left home with a girl and came home with a young woman.”

Hailey MacDonald emceeing the Picton Baby Show Sept. 7 sporting her Miss Teen Canada Globe tiara. Photo by Lisa MacDonald.

Hailey and her mom agreed the confidence that she gained there was paramount to her going on to inspire other young girls to do what they believe in.

Sometimes, what can come along with participating in any pageant is a stigma that it’s all about what’s on the outside, and about looking pretty.

Hailey said that though she felt beautiful and enjoyed watching all the girls shine in their makeup, hair-dos and floor-length gowns, it’s all about feeling like you’re a part of something bigger.

“I worked harder than I ever have before, but that hard work led me to be able to represent Canada in an international pageant. My goal going into the competition was to make it on the national roster. I was overtired often, but I got to do appearances all over Toronto, I got to sing, dance, and laugh for hours and make friends. I’m so proud of my pageant family,” she said. “I’m so thankful for Miss Canada Globe Productions giving me self-esteem I never knew I could find.”

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