Moving On From Pageant Life

Just last week, the 2017 Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant winner was crowned (by me).

This time, I had a great time experiencing the pageant as an audience member. It was a complete different experience from last year. I could actually enjoy the show!

My mom snapped this picture of me when she was watching me on TV back home! Check out the HUGE piece of jewelry I’m wearing from the jewelry sponsor.

While people assume that passing on the crown is a sad moment for former pageant queens, that really wasn’t the case for me. I am thankful for the platform Fairchild TV provided me as Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016, but I am also so excited to move onto other things.

Looking back, my favourite part about being Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016 was having the opportunity to do a lot of charity work:

Serving Christmas dinners at the Union Gospel Mission.

Participating in the SUCCESS Foundation Charity Golf Tournament.

Selling daffodils for the Canadian Cancer Society.

One year went by extremely fast, and right after the pageant I got back to work.

Two days after the pageant, I emceed the 5th Golden Panda International Film Festival.

This show was held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and 14 awards were presented. This international film festival received over 1,000 film submissions from 88 countries!

Days later, a friend and I also made around 60 sandwiches for the homeless people of the Downtown Eastside.

A neighbour heard about our little project and donated around 60 fresh croissants. So we made ham and cheese sandwiches and PB + J sandwiches to give out around Oppenheimer Park and East Hastings.

And in January, I will be heading to Shanghai’s East China Normal University to brush up on my Chinese! 我讲中文没问题,但是读写我都要努力学. My younger sister is living in Shanghai (studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music) so I’m excited to spend time with her.

Now that I’ve closed this “pageant” chapter in my life with 2 titles: Miss Chinese Cosmos North America 2015 and Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016, I probably won’t do a pageant again. I think I’ve put my boyfriend through enough (haha). The truth is that I think I’ve learned what I need to learn from pageants and it’s time to move onto the next goal.

So for those of you that followed me along in my pageant journey, thanks for the support!

I’ll definitely be blogging or vlogging about my experience in China so stay tuned.

From Pageant Queen to Loser?

From winning Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016, to not making it into the Top 10 in Miss Chinese International, my life has been a huge rollercoaster the last few months.

Being at both ends of the spectrum in the pageant world made me realize that at the end of the day, I am not defined by a pageant title.

Winning the Vancouver pageant was one of my goals from 2 years ago and I worked extremely hard to achieve this goal. I am so thankful for all the support I received during this pageant.

Two weeks later, I was on a plane to Hong Kong to take part in the Miss Chinese International Pageant. Being in an international pageant was such a unique experience as I competed with pageant queens from different cities from all over the world.

The whole two weeks in Hong Kong and Malaysia were packed with activities such as promo filming, photoshoots, press conferences, travelling, and rehearsals. The amount of work that went into producing this pageant was incredible.

Everyone survived on 3-4 hours of sleep each night, which demonstrated to all of us pageant girls that the entertainment industry is not all glamour like people think. Despite our lack of sleep, we still had so much fun during this entire journey.

As the heaviest contestant, I dealt with a lot of body shaming from the Hong Kong media. I realized people did not care that I could speak 4 languages, graduated from university with distinction, and was a talented performer and dancer. To them, the number on the scale was all that mattered.

The HK media even grouped the girls who were “more gifted” in the chest area and asked us in an interview if we drank papaya milk. That’s because in Chinese culture papaya milk is considered a natural food that can help enlarge a woman’s breasts…

This kind of experience really opened my eyes to the fact that being in the spotlight means you have to be prepared to deal with negative attention.

The international pageant I took part in taught me a lot. I made new friends, learned a lot about the entertainment industry, and learned one thing that will stick with me for the rest of my life: you can’t always control life’s circumstances, but you can control how you deal with things.

There’s always so much to be thankful for and that’s how I feel for having this opportunity. After all, this might just be a blessing in disguise…