November was a pretty big month for the Chinese-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area. That’s when the news and excitement of the Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant is buzzing in the media the most.
And, this year’s pageant is extra special for the Waterloo community, because a fellow Warrior was a top 10 finalist!
In mid-September, third year student Selina Cheung found out about this exciting news. Having just moved in into her new Waterloo apartment, she packed everything back up within two weeks, moved back to Markham, Ontario and enrolled in online courses to continue working on her degree. I was lucky enough to chat with Selina about what it was like to train, compete, and get on stage to perform on national television.
Q: What year and program are you in?
Selina: I am in my third year majoring in Speech Communication, and double minoring in Human Resources Management and Digital Arts Communication!
Q: How did you hear about this pageant?
Selina: I grew up watching Fairchild TV and TVB, which are the channels that would broadcast the Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant. I remember the pageant being an annual event; I’ve always known the theme song and signature wave. It’s a well-known event in the GTA’s Chinese community, so having been able to participate in it is something myself, my family and my friends are incredibly proud of.
Q: What made you decide to apply?
Q: How did you feel when you placed top 10?
Q: What was training and rehearsals like? What did you have to do?
On top of training, we also had many photo and video shoots, television and radio interviews, sponsorship visits, and many events to attend. Overall, my Chinese and oral communication skills definitely improved, and I’m a lot more comfortable wearing five inch heels, constantly standing with a good posture and smiling for long periods of time!