She’s been a princess at a national pageant and now she’s a princess at an international one.
Whitehorse’s Jennifer Perrin, a.k.a Miss Yukon, was named first princess as the runner-up in Miss Petite Beauty International in the Dominican Republic two weeks ago.
“It’s very exciting,” said Perrin. “I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out … or what was going to come from it.
“Going from before, having a territorial title, to having a national title, to now getting to bring back an international title is pretty exciting. Especially being from Whitehorse and being the first person to go to an international pageant from the Yukon, being able to bring back that title.
“We’re such a small place, it’s so awesome to be able to put us on the map.”
The 24-year-old has competed as Miss Yukon at a pair of national pageants, but in the Dominican – an international competition – she was there as Miss Canada. Perrin was one of five Canadians in the pageant.
She spent five days preparing for the pageant in Toronto with the other Canadian contestants, who were from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
“It wasn’t only just training, we got to bond and hangout with each other,” said Perrin. “We did question-and-answer training, catwalk training and things like that as well. And when we were in Toronto we got to be in the Toronto Easter Parade, which was really fun.”
Perrin’s outfit for the “national costume” portion of the competition was made entirely from plastic maple leaves and screamed Canada. However, Perrin displayed some of her Yukon roots by performing the can-can in the talent competition.
She also placed top-six in the bikini portion of the contest out of all the divisions, not just the petite.
“I thought that was huge because that was between teen, petite and miss,” said Perrin.
While in the Dominican, the contestants visited an orphanage in Santo Domingo to meet the children and give presents. Perrin, who is studying in a pre-health program at St. Lawrence College in Ontario, spent a couple months fundraising to give as much as she could.
“I had a suitcase filled with gifts, from colouring books and jump ropes and stickers and books, and all sorts of things,” said Perrin. “They were so happy to get anything, and I think they also enjoyed meeting people from all over the world.”
As an international title holder Perrin will continue to make public appearances and will continue to do charity work.
Perrin was the first princess at the Miss Canada Charity pageant last September in Toronto. She was one of five contestants selected from across Canada to vie for the Miss Canada Charity title during the Miss
Canada Globe National Pageants.
The five contestants secured invites based on the impact each has had on their community through charity work. Perrin took part in Whitehorse’s MS Walk, the Run for Mom, the AIDS Walk for Life, and has done volunteer work for Ovarian Cancer Canada.
The previous year she competed at the Miss Canada Petite Globe pageant. She was invited to represent Yukon after she was spotted by a pageant executive while a contestant on the game show Wipeout Canada.
Perrin will return to Toronto in August for the Miss Canada Globe National Pageants to work with this year’s new contestants. She’d love it if a Yukoner was going for a crown.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest pageants yet, I think they have about 120 girls competing,” said Perrin.
“If there’s anyone from the Yukon who wants to go, I would love to have them there. Last year we had three and it was really awesome … We have so much to offer up there, so I’m going to see if I can get someone to come.”
Those interested in learning more about the pageant opportunities can contact Perrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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