Ayden Kosko Miss Teen Canada Petite 2018, 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Ayden Kosko Miss Teen Canada Petite 2018/19.
Full name: Ayden Kosko
Title/Year: Miss Teen Canada Petite 2018/19
Pervious Titles: Miss Teen Alberta Globe 2018, Miss Lloydminster 2017/18, Royal Canadian Royalty 2017/18
Pageant System: Miss Canada Globe Productions
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Hobbies: Dance, Soccer, Rugby, Sports, Pageants, Modelling
Platform: Brain Injuries/Concussions
Years competed: 2
Countries visited: 3
Likes: Travelling, Warm Weather, Animals
Dislikes: The Cold, Judgmental People
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Ayden Kosko. I was born in High River, Alberta and now I currently live in Lloydminster, Alberta. I am a grade 10 student at Holy Rosary High School. I plan to go to university and enroll in the medical field to someday be involved in the aid of others. My dream is to work at Doctors Without Borders, to help as many people as I can, from all over the world. Some extracurricular activities I am involved in are soccer, rugby, dance, pageants, volleyball, and modelling. I also help coach young girls/women for local pageants, and will be mentoring all my girls signed up for the upcoming MCGP pageant this August.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
I believe women are just as equal as men. It impacts so many girls and women today, myself included. Gender bias is unreasonable, and wrong in so many ways. Women can do and take on the same responsibilities as men can. So many women all over the world still cannot seek education, are seen as weak in men’s eyes, paid less, and in some cases not even allowed to drive just because they’re being discriminated by their gender; being a women. I do believe this is wrong and I would love to use my voice to speak up on matters, like women empowerment, to make a change.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I started local pageants in 2017 through the Royal Alberta Pageantry based out of Sherwood Park, Alberta. In early 2018, I was accepted as a Miss Teen Canada Delegate. During the two week pageant in Toronto, in Preliminaries, I was given the title Miss Teen Alberta Globe 2018. During the final show, I made top 8 from judges choice, then, made it into top 3, and I was then crowned Miss Teen Canada Petite 2018/19.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I was inspired to try out pageantry when my dance teacher asked if she could mentor me and to show me what pageants where all about. I instantly fell in love with pageants. After I did my first 2, I, and my family seen a change in me. I grew more confident, and I could be who I truly was, and not someone who was shy and hidden away. I changed for the better, and this is why I still aspire to do this, and inspire others to do pageants too.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I choose to compete with Miss Canada Globe Productions because I wanted to travel and I had a chance to go internationally and to meet new people from all over Canada. To possibly travel all over the world would be a dream come true for me. I wanted to prove to myself that I can put my mind to anything, even though it sounded crazy that I could possibly win Miss Teen Canada Petite and it was even crazier when my name got called that I won! I wanted to go to another level of pageants and push myself to see what I could accomplish.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system, please
tell us what is it about?
Miss Canada Globe Productions is pageant system that is based in Toronto, Ontario and hosts a pageant every August. There are 4 categories: Teen, Teen Petite, Miss, and Miss Petite. Girls/women under 5’5” are in Petite section, and girls/women over 5’6” are in Teen/Miss section. They are the only system that gives confidence training. It doesn’t matter your size, height, or race. If you have never done a pageant before, that’s okay to. MCGP is the only Canadian system that sends their girls internationally. If anyone is interested to sign up and have me mentor you, feel free to message me! Email email@example.com
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
During the first 3 days in Preliminaries in the pageant, girls are judged on their makeup and hair abilities, bathing suit walk, evening gown walk, and on stage introduction stating name, age, and where you’re from. During the last 7 days/nationals, we all go out to places such as Eaton Center, Dave and Busters, salsa night, karaoke night, and we travel in a party bus everywhere, and way more! Girls are judged on an interview, their platform speech in front of judges, talent, national costume, bathing suit walk, and evening gown walk, and your confidence on stage - did you look at the judges and make eye contact, and were you comfortable on stage.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
My experience at the completion was amazing. I met some of the most kind-hearted people between other delegates, MCGP staff and reigning Queens. I am still in contact with lots of them! I also met my best friend there, and she won Miss Teen Canada Globe 2018/19! We’re hoping to do a student exchange soon as well! It was a once in a lifetime opportunities, and would recommend this to anyone who loves pageants and to someone who has never done a pageant, you could definitely do this. It is all about motivation, hard work and fun!
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you
My platform is Brain Injuries/Concussions with partnership of L.A.B.I.S (Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society). I choose this platform because in December 2017, I suffered a very bad concussion which I had for almost 3 months. I had horrible symptoms; it was like I was not even myself. It affected me every day. Luckily, I had help from a doctor who specializes with brain injuries, which helped me get 100% recovered. There are 1.5 million Canadians living with brain injuries; that is 172 brain injuries happening in 1 day! Many people don’t know how easy it is to get a concussion/brain injury, and how much of a big deal it is! I want to bring awareness that it is possible to heal and it’s okay to reach out for help. It is something we should all know!
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have been so proud to represent my title and be an ambassador for my city. I received a certificate and letter from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from our MLA Dr. Richard Starke to say how proud Alberta is of my accomplishment. I was interviewed by many radio stations: Golden West from my previous hometown in Okotoks, AB, 95.9 in Lloydminster and even a television interview by Newcap. I helped in serving Thanksgiving dinner to our less fortunate at the Olive Tree, aided in breakfast at St. Anthony’s Church. I also got to ride in the front of Lloydminster’s Parade Of Lights with Boundary Ford who sponsored the parade, I helped out at my charity L.A.B.I.S diner fundraiser, I got to be a Celebrity chef, volunteered at numerous pageants in crowning winners. I joined with NTA (Natural Talent Alliance) last month and walked in the MS fundraiser Fashion Show to bring awareness and research funding to aid in finding a cure. The biggest achievement I have had so far was to attend some schools in Alberta and talk to girls in elementary schools about self-esteem and confidence. I talked about my experience and how it doesn’t matter what others think of you. Always do you best and be your best for you.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
Recovering 100% from my concussion
Signed with NUMA Modeling
Signed with Mahistrado Fashions
Being recognized by Legislative of Alberta for my achievements
Being on Honor Roll each semester
Being able to encourage young ladies to come out of their shell and be confident and reach for the stars. When I thought I wasn’t good enough and wanted to quit the pageant, my mom said to me, ‘It doesn’t matter to me if you win or place 9th . I just want you to do your best and I will always be proud of you’. I picked myself up that night and fully committed, gathered all my strength and confidence and I went on to win. It didn’t matter anymore what others thought of me, I let all the worrying go. That was the best advice I have ever received.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
My strategy is to be myself. Not generic, not what everyone else does, I do my own thing. Always, always smile and eye contact. I usually do a small nod at the very end, it’s just my thing. I change my facial expressions slightly, but noticeably, such as smiling full out, to smiling with my lips, then smiling full out.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful
I believe all girls competing are all beautiful and unique in their own ways. I stand out with always smiling, positive, bright and friendly personality. I always try my hardest and best, even in stressful situations I’m unsure of. I always am positively willing to try! If I am confident, the judges will feel it from me and not know if I am ever scared or nervous. And I don’t let my height define me, I will be able to fulfill my dreams.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as
At moment right before my name was called, the other delegate and I were standing there holding hands ready to see who would soon take the title. I was assuring her that she would win, and she was assuring me that I was going to win. I took a deep breath and then they called out the other girls’ name for runner up! I almost fainted on stage! Tears started to fall and every emotion went through my body. I was shocked, confused, excited, amazed, so happy, etc. I could not believe it. I couldn’t believe all the hard work had paid off. It took a few days to actually kick in that I was the new Miss Teen Canada Petite!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Being a beauty queen is more than a girl with a crown, sash, and title. It means being determined, being an inspiration, being confident, having the ability to use your voice to bring awareness to things and to make changes that you want to make. It’s all about being true to yourself and being the true you. Being a role model for others and making an impact. I may only be 5’3”, but I can make a difference. My height doesn’t define me or my abilities.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life?
Before pageants, I was so shy. I would not talk to more than 2 people. I would not get in front of a group to talk. I was hidden away. Pageants brought out who I am today and my confidence soared. I would not be who I am; pageants changed my life by positively changing who I was! I went from staring at the floor in my first pageant, to overcoming my fear and having confidence. It is only 90 seconds on stage and my family had tears when they witnessed the change in me. Now I can talk to groups of 60 with no problem and even went on the news station live.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body
If I was looking back on myself 2 years ago, I would not have ever thought I would be who I am today. I am now able to talk in front of so many people, and answer a question live on stage in front of hundreds of people, which I never would have been able to before. I am confident in my own skin, what I look like, and this is all thanks to pageantry, for bringing out the real me and now, I am able to show who I am with no shame. I can walk in an evening gown or bikini and do not even think twice. I found something to be passionate about.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How
does it feel?
Amazing! My heart feels so good after speaking to girls or helping someone out, or having people tell me the way I inspire them. It makes me feel so good and happy that I can have a positive effect on so many people by just being me. It brings joy to me knowing I can help and inspire others. I am recruiting girls for August 2019 pageant with MCGP and I cannot wait to mentor them all, and watch them transform.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Some tips I have are always, always smile! Pageants are fun, make sure you look like you are having fun, not a fake smile. Always maintain eye contact, and honestly, just being who you are shows the judges and everyone you are unique. Take your time and don’t rush when the stage is yours! Show the judges and everyone what you got! Don’t be afraid of being different, be confident in yourself and that is what will shine.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
You have to feel the dress! Even if the dress looks good, but you don’t feel good, you will not be confident on stage to show your inner beauty. You won’t shine. You should have something that you feel is unique and a dress you feel like would shine and sparkle the most! And a memorable dress, something that you would stand out in and have people and judges remember your name!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Always be polite, calm, smiling and happy. Look willing and engaged in the conversation and questions. Before you answer question, always say thank you for the question and proceed with the answer. At the end follow by saying thank you. Cross your feet nice on an angle and hands on lap, and never slouch! And always avoid saying um and like. You do not want to portray you are stuttering or stalling the answer.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I double and triple packed everything. I read the welcome package over and over to make a list of what I needed to bring. I was mentored by a fellow MCGP delegate Ariana Papineau, Miss Plus Beauty International and I felt prepared. I wore my heels lots so I knew how to walk in them. I prepared everything way in advance; I made sure all my outfits and gowns fit right, and I did a little research on what I was going to be doing, such as follow and friend fellow delegates. I looked up the pageant so I had an idea of what to expect from the previous year, so I didn’t walk in and not know what was happening!
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing
you wish you could redo and fix it?
I wish I would’ve held my poses for longer! I was on stage for a good amount of time, but I feel like if I would’ve posed more and longer, I would be more pleased with myself, as it would give judges more time to mark me. That is the one thing I would change. In that moment on stage, it feels like you have to rush to your checkpoints, keep up with the music, but you don’t. Just breathe and walk.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the
Some girls were not at all prepared and some didn’t listen to rules that were set. Some girls didn’t bring enough gowns, cocktail dresses or shoes, as some only brought 5 gowns and day dresses combined! Luckily we had amazing group of girls, so they were able to borrow items. Some girls showed up hours late or didn’t show up to breakfast when they were supposed to. It is important to know the rules and what is expected of you. You are being judged on the real you, not just on stage. They want to have someone who is positive, good morals and wants to help others represent their name.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I have just signed with Numa Modeling and Mahistrado Fashions. I have had many photoshoots, a few even submitted to magazines. I walked in the Best Of The Prairies Makeup And Fashion Show 2018 and upcoming 2019, Lloydminster Downtown Fashion Show 2x, and Mahistrado Season 2 Series 14 Fashion Show. I will be walking in New York Fashion Week and Toronto Couture Fashion Week in February 2019, Western Canadian Fashion Week 2019, and soon to be many more! I cannot wait to see what is next.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2018 as a Queen?
I plan to do more appearances in our province, volunteer more, be an inspiration and to do more inspiring things. Prepare and get ready for New York Fashion Week, Toronto Couture Fashion Week, Mahistrado Fashion Shows, and my international pageant Miss Teen Universal Petite July 2019, is a cruise from Florida to Mexico!
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want to be remembered as someone who was willing to use her voice to make positive changes. I want to be known as someone who would bring awareness to things. I want to be recognized as someone who is an inspiration to many girls and women to just be themselves. Finally I want to to be remembered as someone who promoted confidence and helped people with self-esteem and body image confidence.
International Director: Universal Petite Pageant in July 2019
National Director: Mias Santa Ana Pilar with Miss Canada Globe Productions
Pageant website: misscanada.tv
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Ayden Kosko Miss Teen Canada Petite 2018/19 for this amazing interview.
Ayden Kosko Miss Teen Canada Petite 2018/19, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Setters Impressions 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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