Go­ing for the crown

Lab West woman com­pet­ing in in­ter­na­tional pageant .

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY danette@nl.rogers.com

When she heads to Or­lando, Florida in July to com­pete for the ti­tle of Mrs. Gal­axy In­ter­na­tional, Jac­que­line Rae Ride­out of Labrador City will walk across the stage as Mrs. Canada Gal­axy.

For the 22-year-old mar­ried mother of two young chil­dren, pageantry is an op­por­tu­nity to have her voice heard on is­sues that are im­por­tant to her.

“I’m a strong ad­vo­cate for women em­pow­er­ment and men­tal health. I be­lieve, no mat­ter who you are or what you do, you should have the abil­ity to ac­com­plish your dreams,” the 22-year-old said.

The pageant is a per­sonal devel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity for women, she said, and fo­cuses on beauty, style and cul­tural ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The pageant also helps del­e­gates gain con­fi­dence and pro­vides them with an op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance their per­sonal and ca­reer goals, Ride­out said, while act­ing as a role model in their com­mu­ni­ties.

In ad­di­tion to the Mrs. di­vi­sion, Ride­out said, there are other di­vi­sions in the pageant in­clud­ing a Miss and a Teen di­vi­sion.

“I feel like ev­ery woman of any age, size or eth­i­cal back­ground should have the op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence or do what­ever they love,” she said. “I feel noth­ing should hold you back, whether you are mar­ried or you have kids – you should be able to ful­fill your vi­sion.”

The pageant takes place over five days and in­cludes ev­ery­thing from photo shoots, to in­ter­views in front of a panel of judges to speeches and pre­sen­ta­tions.

An en­tre­pre­neur and aes­theti­cian, Ride­out is no stranger to the stage.

She has mod­elled in the Donnabella Char­ity Fash­ion Show in Mon­treal and has com­peted in sev­eral pageants over the years.

In Fe­bru­ary, she placed fifth in the Mrs. Canada Globe Pageant held in Regina, Sask. At that pageant, Ride­out won the Del­e­gate’s Choice Award. The other del­e­gates in the pageant vote for the award win­ner – the woman they would choose to win the crown.

Shar­ing her voice

Be­cause she’s dealt with her own men­tal health is­sues in the past, Ride­out said it’s im­por­tant to her to ad­vo­cate for oth­ers.

“If I win this ti­tle, I can give a big­ger voice to men­tal health,” she said.

While be­ing a mother is her num­ber one pri­or­ity, Ride­out said, she doesn’t be­lieve women should have to give up ev­ery­thing they love be­cause they have chil­dren.

Putting her­self out there has given Ride­out self-con­fi­dence that bodes her well in ev­ery area of her life.

“I feel like this (pageantry) door has led me down a path of hap­pi­ness and if I can help other women see that they are wor­thy of the things they dream about and are pas­sion­ate about, that will spark more growth and women em­pow­er­ment,” she said.

In her quest to bring home the ti­tle of Mrs. Gal­axy In­ter­na­tional, Ride­out has set up an on­line fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive (https://www.gofundme.com/mrs-gal­axy-canadas-jour­ney) and has sent let­ters to lo­cal busi­nesses seek­ing spon­sor­ship. She can be con­tacted at (709)280-1327 or by e-mail at jacque­lin­er­aec@gmail.com.

SUB­MIT­TED

Jac­que­line Rae Ride­out is com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of Mrs. Gal­axy In­ter­na­tional.

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