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Date Posted: 10:01:00 10/18/07 Thu
(News) Thursday, 18 October 2007, 04:00 PST
BERNICE TRICK Citizen staff
A young Prince George woman is on a mission to become Miss Universe.
Emily Hoddinott, 22, has a few wins to capture on her way up, but she's so sure of herself she says, "I feel like I'm already there."
Her first step is to be selected as one of 15 British Columbians who will represent the province at the Miss Universe Canada pageant early next year.
On Nov. 24 she'll compete in Vancouver in a preliminary screening with the B.C. hopefuls to become a participant in the national pageant in Montreal. The winner of that contest, Miss Universe Canada, will go on to the Miss Universe pageant in 2008.
Emily, who was selected for the B.C. competition by Patti Falconer Model and Talent Agency in Vancouver, said this will be her first time in the beauty pageant world.
"It's so exciting to be chosen for this," said Emily, who is confident she'll be among the 15 B.C. candidates. "It's a beauty pageant and I think I've got what it takes as far as how I look at life and my love for my country. Canada is beautiful and the best place in the world to live.
"I'm already looking forward to meeting other Canadian candidates and experiencing what is every girl's dream."
If selected among B.C.'s contestants, her training in poise, modelling, speech and more will start in earnest, and that's where she needs the support of Prince George.
"The training costs $1,060, which I have to raise myself," said Emily, who, with sponsor Adriano Spoletini, is holding a fundraiser tonight at 8 p.m. in the downtown Rum Jungle, 1192 Fifth Ave.
"It will be like a party with events and door prizes and I'll do a presentation and fashion show," said Emily.
Tickets, at $5 at the door, will all go towards Emily's pageant expenses. Anyone who'd like to help out with her expenses can contact her at 649-8207.
Emily's inspiration came from a family visit to Australia last year where she had the opportunity to do modelling lessons and a photo shoot, but had to come home due to family matters before anything else materialized.
So she took the photos to the Vancouver modelling agency, which chose her as a potential B.C. regional finalist for the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
Emily, who stands five-feet, five-inches tall, weighs 115 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes, grew up in Prince George where she graduated in 2003 from Prince George secondary school.
If she goes to the top she won't be the first Canadian to achieve world status in reality beauty events. In 2005 Natalie Glebova from Toronto was named Miss Universe Canada and went on to become Miss Universe.