Five decades after Saskatchewan produced a Miss World Canada pageant winner, Camille Munro broke the jinx last May, outlasting 34 other contestants for the national title and the right to represent this country at the Miss World event in Indonesia four months ago.
Accompanied by her Jamaican-born mother and business manager Sharon-Ann Brown, she attended last Saturday’s Federation of Adventist Youth Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. birthday celebration.
A recent University of Regina graduate with a human justice degree, Munro said winning the national pageant has opened several doors for her.
“I chose to enter the Miss World Canada pageant because I am committed to making a difference in the lives of young women,” said Munro who won the Best Positive Body Image and Top Model awards at the 57th Miss World Canada in British Columbia. “As a young woman who finds absolute joy in serving the community, it has allowed me to engage and motivate young people and work with vulnerable women. It will also provide me with an opportunity to showcase my dance talents.”
A dance teacher since 2008 and Level One baton twirling judge, Munro also enjoys modelling and acting. She participated in the Kate Perry California Dream Tour three years ago and the 2012 Saskatchewan Fashion Week.
Munro was born and raised in Regina.
“I am proud that I am from a blended background because I am able to share both my Caribbean and Canadian heritage,” said the 23-year-old who aspires to work in law enforcement.
Munro volunteers with several charities, including the Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada, the Children’s Charity of British Columbia and Dress for Success Regina that helps provide career development resources and professional clothing for underprivileged women entering the workforce.
At the Miss World in Bali, she finished in the top five in the talent competition and 14th out of 127 contestants.
She plans to return to Toronto in April for an event hosted by Dancing Classrooms Toronto which is a social development program that teaches young students self-esteem, confidence, trust and respect through partner dance.
“On the few times I have come to this city, I have always been welcomed with open arms,” Munro said. “I look forward to coming here.”