People are continually asking me questions about my interest in pageants and my current journey to Miss World Canada. I do love talking to people about this subject, and seriously if they let me, I’d talk their ear off about it. But I did notice that similar things were coming up so I thought it would be a good idea to introduce the Top 10 Things you probably didn’t know about pageantry and more specifically the Miss World Canada pageant.

10. Giving Back to the Community.

To quote my dad, “It’s not about them; it’s about them giving back to the community.” All the pageants I have been involved with had a volunteer component whether that was part of your qualifications to enter or part of the competition. For Miss World Canada giving back to the community comes up in several ways, one way is from attending events and supporting different organizations.

Have an event coming up? Let me know! Either drop a comment below, message me through social media, or email me at

9. Fitness

Miss Teen NL 2017
On the way to our fitness test!

Even though there are a lot of pageants that still do a swimsuit portion on stage, it’s not about your bikini body but actually about being physically fit which can be a huge difference. The real challenge is a fitness test that gets scored based on your physical strength, your endurance, and flexibility. There is a running portion, planks, push-ups, wall sits, sit-ups, and much more involved in this test. It’s much more than skipping DQ ice cream this summer; you have to go work out and commit your body to it.

8. Politics and Pageantry

Most people don’t realize how much politics are in pageants. We have to know about what is happening within our province, our country, and worldwide movements. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes our final on-stage question depends on our knowledge in the political world.

7. Marketing and Social Media

I am sure that I am not the first face you see in the media sporting a crown and sash. There are hundreds of us. But why is that so important? For Miss World Canada we get scored on this because it demonstrates our skills, allows us to promote our platforms, shows our online networking abilities, and our community support. It’s not necessarily about getting the post likes our Instagram photos; it’s about connecting to others, sharing our voice, and showcasing what we have to say.

To Follow me on Social people, you can check out the following. Facebook: Alyssa Cutler – Miss St. John’s World 2019 Twitter: @NLworld19 Instagram: miss_stjohns_world19

6. raising money for the official charity

All pageants I have been involved with over the years chose an official charity to support. This means that all delegates are required to raised money for this charity and the amount raised will go towards our score. Miss World Canada’s official charity is the Children’s Wish Foundation. The person who raises the most money wins an award and gets a place in the top 20. My personal goal isn’t necessarily winning that award, but instead to grant a wish, raising a total of 10 000.

If you would like to donate and help grant a wish, please contact me at Or check out my social media. I am currently selling Homemade Pies for Mother’s day and Cup Cakes for Father’s Day!

5. Sponsorship

Sponsorship means several things to a delegate. Pageants are expensive, like $$$$ worth expensive and a lot of times delegates rely on sponsorship to be able to go. Sponsors can also help each delegate with clothing, their evening gown, getting a gym membership and other things that help them cut down on cost.

If you would like to sponsor Miss St. John’s World please email


Pageants are all about networking whether it’s online through your social media, in person at events, or even during the competition. During the competition there will be dozens of girls in a room, all of which have different educational backgrounds, working with various charities, and is heading toward different career paths. What does that mean? It means a group of over-achievers gets talking and makes all these connections that could help them in the future. For example, if I was going to BC soon and I had some questions about where to stay, where to go, etc., I would call up my friend I made when I went to Miss Teenage Canada, and I would expect nothing less from her if she ever came to Newfoundland. I have heard of so many girls meeting up afterwards, starting up businesses together, and helping each other grow and supporting one another long after the pageant.

3. The Sisterhood

Miss Teenage Canada 2017

Once you’re in the pageant world, you’re in the pageant world. You are now part of this large community of women who support women. We ask each other questions, we vote for each other, we cheer each other on. No matter what pageant you’re in, how big or small, being part of this community is life-changing. All of a sudden you have this group that will be a part of her life, for the rest of your life and the funny thing about that is you probably only meet them once.

Miss Teen NL 2017

2. The interview

It’s about getting a job. Winning a title like Miss World Canada is like having a second job, which means that the interview is one of the essential things in this competition. The questions will be exactly like a job interview, but instead of asking off your resume, it will be off of your original application. The answers which should demonstrate you who are, what you are willing to do for the title, what your plans after and if you win the title, and the overall immersion that the judges get from you.

1.Beauty with a purpose

This one is specific to Miss World Canada/ Miss World. This portion is by far my favourite thing in all pageants. Beauty with a Purpose is when the delegate works with, fundraises for, and advocates for an organization/non-profit/charity. Typically, the project is similar to your platform; for example, if your platform was about saving animals, then your project will be about saving animals. My Beauty with a Purpose project will be announced a little later, although I haven’t been keeping it a secret. It just means so much to me that I will be writing an entire blog post about it.

What did you think? Anything you didn’t know about pageants until now? Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below!!

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4 Responses to 10 Things you didn’t know about pageants

  1. Gary Cutler says:

    Good information but I think you miss the part of yours parents stressed the night of competition. Off course each one rooting for their daughter. Looking forward to seeing you shine stage, just as you do every day.

    • Alyssa says:

      Trust me some of the girls are just as stressed! Lol I think this time around I will be just excited.

  2. David says:

    I didnt know how much volunteer work was involved until you did your first pageant and I seen your application. The national pageants, from what I can understand, have the same focus on volunteering its just the girls raise more money for the official chairty

    • Alyssa says:

      Yes and no. They both focus on volunteering, but I have been in provincial pageants where the girls raised thousands of dollars in less time. I have been impressed with some of the creative fundraisers from Charlie’s Chocolate Factory to helicopter rides.

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