Miss World Canada com­pe­ti­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley Drumheller Mail

57 women, 13 prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries, one crown.

Miss St ar­land Coun ty, als o known a s Miche lle Shar run, rep­re­sented t he ar ea we ll a t the 2017 Miss W orld C anada com­pe­ti­tion in T oronto f rom July 16 to 23.

Through t his s even da y e xpe­ri­ence, she ha s cre­ated life­long f riends and ha s le arned valu­able les­sons.

“We made about 57 new sis­ters – that’s what we say,” said Shar­run.

Af­ter t he first da y of in tro­duc­tions on J uly 16, t he g irls are whi sked away to mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent venues, pho­to­shoots, and per­sonal prepa­ra­tions for the fi­nal cr own­ing all whil st be­ing judge d and a warded points. Shar run’s f avourite part was t he ru nway a t Ca - bana’s in Toronto.

“The r un­way w as over a pool the whole time and it was stress­ful but no one f ell in, ” Shar­run laughed. “We had t o cross e ach ot her w ithin f our feet.”

Al­though Shar run ha s only been in pageantry for less than a ye ar, she w as able to rep­re­sent her province with grace.

“It was amaz­ing, it was a lot of work – a lot of bus y days,” said Shar run. “L ike s ome days we had t o b e up a t five in the morn­ing to be on Good Morn­ing Tele­vi­sion or Br eak­fast Tele­vi­sion on CTV.”

Rules and e ti­quette alw ays ap­ply when in com­pe­ti­tion.

“We ha ve t o we ar our crowns and our sa sh all da y long, be­cause I was Miss Star­land County and rep­re­sent­ing Al­berta,” said Shar­run.

Beauty w ith a pur pose is a s ec­tion of t he c om­pe­ti­tion that al­low s e very­one t o pr es- ent a speech on a spe­cific topic that is in­flu­en­tial or im­por­tant to t hem. Shar run na tu­rally chose sui­cide pr even­tion a s she is he avily in volved in t he topic. “Speak­ing w as m y str ong point b ecause I alr eady do that,” said Shar­run. “I’m a sui­cide pre­ven­tion advo cate and I do it in s chools e very ye ar. It w as c ool s ee­ing e very­one else’s b eauty w ith a pur pose and their sto­ries b ehind their daily strug­gles.”

With p ageantry and it s some­times not s o good rep­u­ta­tion, Shar run r evealed t o “The Mail” there is much more to it than meets the eye.

“I definit ely t hought t he women in it wer e ju st pr etty and dumb, like they don’t have a brain, but I me an a lot of them ar e ge­niu ses. One g irl works for Ap­ple and she tra vels around the world, she w as run­ner-up. I t’s ama zing, it ’s like the stuff these women can do makes me w ant to do b et­ter,” Shar­run said.

She does not plan to go back into pageanty af­ter her year is over a s Miss St ar­land due t o the time it t akes and t he f act she als o hold s t hree j obs a t Chopped Leaf, Hope Col­lege, and D ecks, B ath­rooms, and Beyond.

“I loved it and it w as a great time but it is just s o m uch work that you almo st need to do p ageants f ull-time,” said Shar­run.

The Miss World Canada ti­tle was won t his year by C yn­thia Me­nard wher e she w ill r ep­re­sent C anada on t he wor ld stage in China.

Michelle Shar­run… Miss Star­land County

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