Shanti Dias of Rankin Inlet laid claim to three different titles at the Globe Productions Miss Teen Intercontinental pageant in the Dominican Republic this past month.
Dias, 16, was named Miss Tourism Senior Teen International, Best of the Best Models and Miss Summer Body Intercontinental at the event.
Now in Grade 11 AT Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik in Rankin, Dias said she attended a Globe Productions pageant in Toronto this past year, where she received some awesome training on how to excel at a beauty pageant.
She said she was honoured and happy to win three different titles at this year’s international event.
“I like these pageants because I feel they give me confidence in both my body and my personality, and you learn how to just be yourself,” said Dias. “I really enjoyed the training I received in Toronto this past year, and it really helped me a lot at this year’s international pageant.”
“There’s a lot of friendship that develops among the girls at the pageant, but, when it comes time for the competition, everyone puts the friendship aside and becomes really competitive.
“Like, there’s no hate between anyone or anything like that, but everyone really wants to win.”
Dias said she’d recommend competing in the pageant to any teenage girl who was interested.
She said she’s available and willing to talk to anyone about her experience.
“I can recruit girls for the Toronto pageant and I think they’d really enjoy it,” she said. “It’s a lot of work and money for girls here because we’re in such an isolated area, so you need sponsors to help you be able to meet all the costs.
“I really owe a big thank you to the Atuqtuarvik Corp., the Kivalliq Inuit Association, International Furs and Agnico Eagle Mines, which was my biggest sponsor, for helping me to compete and succeed at these pageants.
“Because I won this title this year (Miss Tourism Senior Teen International), I get to go to next year’s pageant free of charge so I can pass on my title to the next winner. So I’m really looking forward to being able to go again in the coming year to do that.”