Brains and beauty come together as Christina Heslenfeld, an operating room nurse at PGRH, competes for the title of Miss Universe Canada 2009.
Heslenfeld, 23, grew up in Terrace and said she always wanted to be in a pageant - even as a little girl. While performing with a troupe of dancers during the Miss Terrace contest when she was eight, she saw all the pretty girls in fancy dresses and made herself the promise to one day be in a competition like that one.
With encouragement from her friends, Heslenfeld sent in photos to the Patti Falconer modeling agency in Vancouver that chose some of the girls to be in the contest. She promptly got a call from the agency asking her for an in-person interview. Heslenfeld declined, not wanting to travel to Vancouver just for the possibility of being chosen. Every couple of months the agency would call and ask her again to come for the interview, she said.
On a trip to Vancouver in January she met with the agents and they chose her to be in the pageant.
"I don't know why they chose me," Heslenfeld said with a laugh. "This is my first pageant ever."
The Miss Universe Canada 2009 contestants will be competing to represent Canada in the Miss Universe pageant held this summer. There are more than 50 women competing for the Canadian title from May 8 to 16 in Toronto.
There are three categories the contestants compete in, physical fitness (bathing suit), personal interview and evening gown.
Heslenfeld said each contestant provides their own evening gown, and the bathing suits are provided and are specially made for each girl, with similar material and colours used, but the design of the suit will be unique to the individual.
Heslenfeld is hoping she can get sponsorship to go to the competition and is asking for support from the community. (princegeorgecitizen.com)