Alexa Gabriel Miss Teen Canadian Petite International 2020
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Alexa Gabriel Miss Teen Canadian Petite International 2020.
Full name: Alexa Jade Gabriel
Title/Year: Miss Teen Canadian Petite International 2020
Pageant System: Miss Canada Globe Productions (MCGP)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, visual arts, swimming, badminton, basketball
Platform: Past platform was Between Friends, Calgary AB
Years competed: 2
Countries visited: USA, Philippines, Singapore, Germany
Likes: Animation, pop music, delicious food, non-corny Christmas movies, sports
Dislikes: When others talk negative or make fun and criticize those with disabilities or part of the LGTBQ+ community, thongs, sharks, spiders, math class
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I was born into the Autism Spectrum. I have a different way of seeing things than others around me. For example, there is an object in front of me, like a wrinkled bed sheet. I see a face and my mind makes connections to what the wrinkles look like. Waves on the ocean, squiggly lines, etc. I believe that I have an active imagination. I daydream often, I draw almost every day and I use music to fuel my thoughts and get focused on tasks. I talk to myself every day to fuel my imagination and have fun with myself. I love expressing my creativity and being silly.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women empowerment mean to you?
To prove to the world that women are capable of doing something (especially with disabilities). Men were always dominant with everything, so Women Empowerment means that women can do things just as good as a man. Women are powerful, confident, amazing and talented human beings. They bring each other up and fight for what they believe in.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I started my first pageant when I was 13. I had so much fun and I wanted to keep doing pageantry. I have never thought of doing pageants and it wasn't introduced to me before.
My first pageant was a cool experience. It was a local, Miss Philipinas Canada pageant. I competed with Filipino girls my age, younger and older. I stood out because I was only half-
Filipino and I were white. The girls my age made fun of me (because I looked different from them), but I just kept doing my work minding my own business such as walking, practicing and having that competitive mindset. I made friends on that pageant and I had fun on stage. I wanted to keep doing pageantry. When I found out that there was another pageant, I wanted to do it. It was a newer experience and it was a lot harder. I struggled but I did the best I could.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I wanted to do something different and new. It seemed like a good opportunity to get out and express myself more. I thought that if I enter this pageant, it can open doors to opportunities for me.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I chose to compete for my current title, Miss Teen Canadian Petite International 2020 because it gives me the chance to compete internationally and the opportunity to represent my country, and I think that's AWESOME.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss Canada Globe Productions has four categories. Miss, Miss Petite, Teen, and Teen Petite.
The girls do shows, interviews and lots of training for the final show. They will get judge, also advertise themselves in order to get votes in order to be in the Top 5 for each category. Every member in the Top 5 gets to go compete in an international pageant. Miss Teen Universe is coming up this January 2020 and Miss Petite International is coming up this March 2020.
Every delegate gets a chance to compete for a national title or an international title.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
I was being judged on lots of things; my opening statement, talent, swimsuit, interview skills, walk on stage, face, body figure, Question and Answer, personality and poise, how I present myself in public, and how I smile. It also includes how I treated other delegates.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I was super excited to meet all of the delegates and make friends with them. They were very friendly and competitive. The competition was held in Toronto Canada and we had three days for training and seven days for having fun and doing fashion shows. The whole experience was overwhelming because everything felt so new. We had to do interviews in front of the judges, on camera and prepare opening statements. I never had to go through that with my first pageant and I was nervous. But, I pulled it through. I learned how to do quick makeup, how to do my hair and how to dance on high heels. The whole experience felt very familiar to my first pageant but more advanced. Overall, I had an amazing time.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform was Between Friends. It's a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with different disabilities and syndromes. They have different programs in order to help their members and help them be a part of society. I picked this organization to be my platform because they do wonderful things to help those in need. My brother and I are both autistic, and Between Friends means something to both of us.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
So far, I haven't done any appearances with my international title, but I have done a few appearances with my national title, Miss Teen Alberta Globe.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I grasped the understanding of mathematics. When I was younger, I did not excel at math and I got low marks. I had a helper around me all the time at school. I wanted to grasp math and achieve high marks. During my first year of high school, I went for tutoring. When I got stuck on something, I go to my teacher or tutor for help. When I started my second year, I grasped the math concept right away and my marks were getting better and better. I've grown a long way from not understanding anything to fully understanding, so far this is my biggest achievement!
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I know I am different, and all the girls are beautiful in our own little ways. What sets me apart is that I know I have something to offer. I have determination, good heart, positive outlook, and setbacks don't stop me from going to where I want to be.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was standing with two other girls in the Teen Petite category. We were all standing close together, waiting for our name to be called for the winning title. When my name was called, I felt so happy. I didn't get the big title, but my name was called and I was overjoyed. I was so thankful that I got a title, let alone be called first for the Top 5 for Teen Petite. I honestly thought that I wouldn't be able to make it. But I did, and I feel so thankful and grateful... I made it!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
It means being a role model for young girls and women all over the world. Young women look up to me, respect me and listen to my story.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did compete in pageants helped your life?
Being on stage is not easy and can be overwhelming. Pageants made me confident and help me overcome my shyness. I feel like I belong and feel good about myself.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your self-esteem and body image?
My confidence boosted and I felt like I can rock the stage with the body I have, even in a swimsuit, my self-esteem skyrocketed. I am comfortable with my body.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
Many girls look up to me, and it feels really great! But just like they said; "success comes with responsibility". I am a leader and an influencer, influencing girls all over the world to be proud of themselves and express themselves is one thing that I am proud of...
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
Be confident! The judges can tell when a girl is confident or not. Express yourself and make eye-contact with them. When doing so, make them not want to look away. Have fun onstage and walk with your head held high! Smiling is the most important thing! When you smile, the judges smile back. Pose with confidence and don't make the same pose every time. Do something different and you will catch their attention.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
Like everybody else, I prepared mentally, physically and spiritually for the competition. It requires physical strength and mental strength. In my situation, I have to work three times or more than any delegate for the competition to achieve success.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning a better pageant walk?
I have three steps for a better pageant walk, based on my experience. First, walk with a straight posture and poise. When walking, it's best to walk straight and use the criss-cross method. When you take a step, swing your hips.
Second, walking longer strides will make you feel taller and it gives a confidence booster.
Third, when walking, lots of girls worry about their shoulders and hands. if you have a straight posture, you don't have to worry. But don't move your shoulders. With hands, loosen up and just let your arms hang loose at your sides and keep your hands open and neutral. Don't swing your arms up and down. Swing them behind you. If your arms and hands move, let them move naturally.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing the right pageant dress?
If you have lighter skin, darker colors work best. If you have darker skin, lighter colors work best. You want the judges to see your body figure, so pick a dress that will show off your best part about your body. Your shoulders, chest, legs, back or hips. But it's mostly personal preference.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Focus on the question. Answer accordingly. Research if possible for interview questions before your actual interview, so that there are no 'made-up' answers. Answer as best as you can. Breathe and relax before having your interview. After the first question has been asked, say "Thank you for the question." And proceed with your answer. Only do this once. And smile! It does wonders.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
I made lots of mistakes when it comes to interviews and answering questions. The one mistake that I made was during the Q and A. I switched the question and answered it. I wish I could have asked to repeat the question and thought about my answer. Or, research that question beforehand, so that I would be prepared.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
There are some mistakes that I could point out. Not smiling and not (no eye contact with the judges) looking, answering questions 'incorrectly', walking or posing at the wrong time and simply forgetting what to do (mostly overwhelmed).
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I modeled for a local organization called CIFAW by SCI. I did fashion shows with them also with New York's Couture Fashion Week. As for the acting experience, I went to an acting school when I was little and I mostly do acting auditions and been scouted of some companies in California but (my parents were not really into it since I was too young then to be away) so haven't been successful.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
I wish to do more events locally and promote businesses. I also want to help out with different charities, like the Alberta Children's Hospital. Mostly, I plan to train myself and prepare for my pageant this upcoming March in El Salvador (Mis Teen Petite International Pageant).
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want people to remember me by what I did when I was a titleholder. To remember me by being of who I am and encouraging other girls and young women to do the same.
Also as someone who was confident, beautiful, funny and different. When I am remembered, girls and women all over the world can look up to me, embrace themselves for who they are, be the best they can be and go for what they want to be.
International Director: Mias Santa Ana Pilar
National Director: Mias Santa Ana Pilar
Pageant website: misscanada.tv
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Alexa Gabriel Miss Teen Canadian Petite International 2020, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by LCR Photography
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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