Natasha Parkinson Miss Northeastern Alberta World 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Natasha Parkinson Miss Northeastern Alberta World 2019.
Full name: Natasha Parkinson
Title/Year: Miss Northeastern Alberta World 2019
Pageant System: Miss World/Miss World Canada
Zodiac sign: Sagitarrius
Hobbies: Photography, Arts & Crafts, Card Making, Dirtbiking, Modelling, Video Gaming, Spin Cycling, Gardening, Horseback Riding, Travelling.
Platform: Promoting STEM-based Education
Years competed: 1
Countries visited: Austria, Bali, China, Germany, Mexico, United States
Likes: Animals, Learning New Things, Saving the Environment, and Spending Time Outdoors (the Forest and Beach)
Dislikes: Ignorant people, Poverty, Pollution, Political Corruption, and Being Stuck Inside on A Beautiful Day.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada, on a small farm, and racing cars in my free time. In high school, I was ranked number 1 in British Columbia High School Drag Racing Association, and in the top 6 in NHRA Division 6 High School Class. I always loved science growing up, so I decided to pursue my Bachelor of Science and the University of British Columbia. While at UBC, I was a part of the philanthropic group, Phrateres, where I helped out on fundraisers and social projects for Variety Children's Charity, Vancouver Women's Shelter, Vancouver Food Back, BC Children's Hospital, to name a few. After graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Earth & Environmental Science, Life Science and Physics, I moved to Cold Lake, Alberta, where I began my Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship until the oilfield collapse. Since then, I have dabbled in various jobs, including Insurance Advisor and Assistant Fish Culturist. Currently, in my free times, when I am not working, I am outside either taking nature and animal pictures, dirt biking, working out at spin class, busy planning my next community project or getting ready for my upcoming pageants.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Women empowerment means lifting up other women up, selflessly, regardless of if their success surpasses yours. Whether it is offering a helping hand or just being their personal cheerleader on the sideline. My favourite female empowerment quote is: "Be the woman who fixes another woman's crown, without telling the world that it was crooked."
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I started competing in pageants this past February (2019) with Miss Alberta World, where I was awarded the title of Miss Northeastern Alberta World 2019 and will be going on to compete at Miss World Canada from July 21 to 27.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I was inspired to participate in my first pageant as I saw that they were an excellent way to be able to get involved in my community, as well as lend my voice to causes that are near and dear to me, and use my platform and potential title to bring issues to others' attentions.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I choose to compete for my current title and in the Miss World pageant system because of their ethos: Beauty With A Purpose. I feel that if you are in the position to make a difference, then it is your responsibility to do so, and I felt Miss World embodies that.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss World/Miss World Canada is about female empowerment, body positivity, and community involvement through each young woman's Beauty With A Purpose project.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
At Miss Alberta World, you are being judged on swimwear (body positivity/comfort, physical fitness, proportion, tone, modelling, personality, beauty, confidence, grooming, connection to audience, overall presentation), interview (communication skills, confidence, personality, demeanor, grooming, beauty, fashion sense, interview skills, professionalism), evening gown (beauty, poise, confidence, modelling abilities, stage presence, grace, connection to audience, overall presentation, grooming, fashion sense), and your overall behaviour. At Miss World Canada, you are scored on the same categories as Miss Alberta World, with a few other areas added in. These being Top Model and Photogenicity, Fundraising Ability, Multimedia Communication - Blogging & Marketing, and our Beauty With A Purpose Project.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
My experience during the competition was a positive and unforgettable one. The judges were very warm and welcoming, and they put my first-timer nerves to ease. All the girls were amazingly friendly, not what I had expected, and I have gained some friends and pageant sisters for life. And when my name was called at crowning, I was utterly shocked, as I was not expecting to be crowned at my very first pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform is promoting STEM-based Education. For those that are unfamiliar with the term STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. And I feel that it is an essential area of education that everyone should be able to learn from. This is because STEM is not just chemical reactions and math equations, but rather, it offers life skills that include problem-solving, investigation, communication, and critical thinking skills. After I graduated with my Bachelor of Science, and as I talked about my passion for STEM with others, I discovered that many people had been deterred from pursuing their innate curiosity for the world around them. Either they felt they weren't smart enough to pursue a career in STEM, they were redirected to pursue a "more practical" job, or they didn't know that the area they were interested in fell under the umbrella of STEM. Through my platform, I hope to make STEM more accessible to everyone, through providing information and interaction opportunities for more people to experience STEM.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
Since being awarded my title, I have appeared on Lakeland Connect (a local social media news source), and at Monster Truck Extravaganza, Lakeland Pride, as well as have many other appearances planned during my year of reign.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
Some of my achievements include achieving my Bachelor of Science, my successes in Drag Racing, being awarded Miss Northeastern Alberta World 2019, successfully organizing many fundraisers and social projects, and buying my first home at the age of 22.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
My on-stage strategy to win the judges over is to be myself confidentially. I am the best at being myself, no one can be me, and it is what makes me unique and stand out.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
My spirit makes me stand out from all the other beautiful girls. I am a quirky, friendly, fun-loving, genuine and determined (even fiery at times) individual, and this translates in how I approach each challenge and the presence I bring to the competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was shocked. My name was the first one to be called. From the time, I stepped on stage in the group of Miss Alberta World contestants until my name was called, I didn't have time to process it. One of the crowned 2018 Miss Teenage Alberta delegates who had been giving me pointers all weekend, crowned me, and all I could do was hug her and thank her for everything she taught me throughout the weekend.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
It means the world to me to be a Beauty Queen, it allows me to continue speaking about the causes and issues that are near and dear to me, but this time with a bigger audience listening.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants have already helped my life in many ways. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone to get up on stage, to speak in front of crowds, to ask businesses and organizations for assistance. Also, it has renewed my love of self and desire to look after myself. Not only have I been inspired to invest in my fitness and physical health, but I am checking in with my mental health, and taking more "Me Moments". My mind and body have achieved so much for me, it is about time I repay it. Finally, competing in pageants has allowed me to build new friendships and has created many networking opportunities.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?
Pageants have helped my self-esteem and body image by bolstering that inner voice that has been saying that "I am beautiful" my entire life, but has been overpowered by the media. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and seeing Beauty in all its forms on the pageant stage is empowering for all the young women competing and watching.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It feels incredible, and it drives me to work harder and go further. I would just like to say that I have gotten to where I am today, only by being myself. And I hope that I inspire girls and young women to be uniquely them, no matter how quirky or awkward you think you are. You don't need to photoshop or edit your life for others. I don't. My social media is a prime example of that. Every high, every low, and plenty of photos with no makeup or photoshop. Just be you, beyoutiful.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Don't try to change your natural walk. Just refine it. Remember shoulders back. Start with flats or small heels and work your way up. Film your walk or practice in front of a mirror.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Know what your pageant system is looking for in a gown. Find a dress shop that supports you and knows your pageant system (Thank You, Angie :) ). Pick a colour that empowers you. Pick a gown that you are comfortable in (if you aren't, it will be all over your face on stage).
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Remember to breathe. Be yourself. Be confident in your answers, even if you are wondering "Why did I say that?" And don't forget to thank the judges for their time.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
To be honest, leading into Miss Alberta World, I started working out about a month before, I read pageant blogs and websites, and that's about it.
Preparing for Miss World Canada, on the other hand, has been a marathon. From upping my working out frequency to completing my pageant obligations which I will be scored on, seeking sponsorship, attending coaching sessions (preparation coaching, walking coaching, mental preparedness coaching), studying interview questions and preparing answers on the spot, talking to past delegates and other pageant girls, and still reading pageant blogs and websites.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
One mistake that I've done during competing that I wish I could redo and fix is thinking that I have lots of time to prepare or accomplish things. Time goes by very fast, and if you procrastinate too much, it's very easy to get overwhelmed as the competition date/week draws near. Start working at your To-DO list, as soon as you can.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Other mistakes made by girls during the contest include having a bad attitude backstage, allowing to get overwhelmed by nerves, being too busy comparing themselves to the other contestants that they get consumed by "beating" the other girls.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I began amateur modelling in high school to help one of my friends for her photography assignments. This has lead to me signing with Numa Models in 2017, which I have done a couple photoshoots and appeared on a local morning news broadcast, so far.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
My plans for 2019 as a Queen include attending Miss World Canada in Toronto from July 21 to 27, make more public appearances, and completing my public projects including a food bank drive and a blanket drive for the local animal shelters.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
The legacy that I want to leave behind is one of inspiration (for people to dream big and be themselves), of understanding (or the desire to understand and empathize with the world around them), and giving back (in any way you can).
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Natasha Parkinson Miss Northeastern Alberta World 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine
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