Miss World Canada competition
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