Hi! My name is Justine Orban, the recently crowned Miss Teen Okotoks, from the town of Okotoks of course! It’s hard to believe it’s almost been an entire month since the pageant which has changed my life.
I remember anxiously standing on the stage, waiting to hear the names of all the titleholders. So many thoughts went through my head. I imagined myself strutting and smiling in the swimsuit competition, floating across the stage in my evening gown, and trying to remain elegant and collective as I said my platform. After two names were called, I heard my own! My heart raced, and it felt like one of those moments in one of your favourite dreams when you can’t believe how seamlessly everything has come together. My hard work had payed off, and I realized how much closer I was to achieving my dream of becoming Miss Teen Canada- World.
I’m already so excited and motivated to attend the national pageant in July. My ultimate goal is to spread awareness of mental illnesses, even if I don’t win the title of Miss Teen Canada-World. I believe that all of my fellow national delegates are worthy and able of winning the crown. I’m really looking forward to meeting, and creating some friendships with other girls just like me.
It was such a new experience for me to win a pageant title, let alone enter a pageant. Okotoks is a very small town, although it is constantly expanding and growing, and becoming very diverse. The school I attend is even smaller, the entire high school has about 30 students. My grade 10 class is one of the larger classes with 12 students.
My school’s most popular and reputable sport is badminton. I’ve been playing for approximately one year, and I’ve grown a love for it. At first I looked like a bit of a dork, with my awful eye-hand coordination, but after practice I’ve improved significantly. In two days I’ll be competing in the divisions badminton tournament my school hosts annually. Last year I did it only for the fun of it really, but this year I think I have a chance at winning way more games – and by that I mean any 😉 I’ll be sure to touch back and post on how it went! I’ll try to snap a photo or two.
Aside from school and badminton, there’s a few little daily things that always brighten my day. Here’s my top five!
1) My darling cat.
At the age of 5, I decided to name her Pudding. She sleeps in my bed nearly every night,and she’s constantly with me. My cuddly tortoise shell persian is very affectionate, and never tells my secrets to anybody!
A few of my close friends, (and by that I mean a decent fraction of my high school) have grown very fond of our Tumblr blogs. We post tons of funny pictures about things we can all relate to, and even send each other anonymous fan mail! Check out my blog if you like, justinecouture.tumblr.com ( I also have a link on my homepage). I’m proud to have the record out of my friends for having 225 followers!
Since my school has uniforms, we don’t get to choose different, unique outfits everyday. Although personally, I love the uniform, I know that the girls, and even some boys really wish they could show off their sense of fashion. We like to express ourself through our jewelry! My must-have for everyday is my big gold watch- which I channelled from the fabulous Victoria Beckham. I like to polish it off with a pair of big crystal stones, or pearls.
I’m a total girlie- girl, and I’ll own up to it! When it comes to perfume, I love to smell a certain way. Although over doing it is a total faux-pas, a quick spritz or two can brighten my mood for the day, and wake me up. My current perfume I actually bought with one of my best friends, so whenever I smell it I get a few nice memories.
5) Old television shows from my childhood.
Although I get teased for this one, I absolutely love a few shows which I grew up with. Not only do I find them hilarious, it can be so nice to get a break from a lot of modern shows which emphasize on swearing, alcohol, sex and violence.
Lucky for me, a few of my close friends also enjoy this habit, and we regularly quote some of our favourite characters! I’m certain that true Zoey 101 fans can agree; that regardless of our age, we would give anything to go to PCA.
What are your favourite 5 daily things?
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