My platform is on the importance of self-esteem and self confidence in oneself. I want to raise awareness about the importance of having a strong sense of self worth and individualism, and the impacts it can make within ones life. I believe with the way our society is today, with the on going pressures from media expectations, building and obtaining a strong sense of self confidence is difficult within girls. I believe it is important to love yourself from the inside; out. Having a strong sense of self worth and confidence is the building block to success. Regardless of your goals in life, you are guaranteed to have a better outcome if you go in strong, confident, and prepared in any situation. With a lack of confidence comes doubt and insecurity which will prevent you from shining as bright. This topic is very important to me because I know from personal experience how hard it can be to love yourself. I struggled for several years not realizing my full potential, which resulted in me missing out on some amazing opportunities. I want to prevent girls from feeling what I went through, and I feel by providing the right classes and support, we can help prevent depression and insecurity within girls. Knowing your self worth can be extremely difficult. Not only do you have to learn to accept and love yourself for the way you look, but you have to understand who you are as a person, what you stand for, your morals & values. These things take time to explore and understand, but a good first step is to acknowledge when you are being critical of yourself, or comparing your characteristics to someone else. Throughout these past five months I have been running self-esteem workshops talking with girls about these topics. We cover things such as perceptions, stigma, self worth, an confidence. We would talk about the pressures they would feel in the school environment, and also outside within their community. Once acknowledging these pressures you can diagnose how to act upon them and not allow them to control your life. Over the past five months I have received large amounts of positive feedback from my workshops, regarding attitude changes within girls.
As Miss Teenage Canada I would be a role model for girls all over the country to show what having confidence and knowing your self worth can allow you to achieve, I would continue to run my self-esteem workshops and spread awareness about the importance of self esteem within ones self. I would provide and open door policy for any girl that needed someone to talk to or get advice from. Mainly I would want to spread the message that they are not alone and that know matter who you are or where you come from, we all experience the same feelings and emotions that come along with believing in yourself and knowing your worth. The first step to success is knowing you are capable of achieving whatever you set your mind to. Lets help ensure that no girl has to feel like she isn’t good enough, and that she is perfect just the way she is!
Miss Teenage Southern British Columbia 2015 xx