Young Peninsula women shine bright at pageant

Miss Charity BC shaves her head on stage to support Cops for Cancer

Semiahmoo Peninsula teen Patricia Celan shaved her head on stage at the Miss BC pageant and was named Miss Charity BC.

A pair of young Peninsula women are walking a little taller these days, after shining on stage at last week’s Miss BC pageant.

Patricia Celan and Sophie Cannon were among 38 contestants in the long-weekend competition, held in Fort Langley’s Chief Sepass Theatre.

On Canada Day, Celan was named Miss Charity BC, after raising the most (more than $8,000) of all the contestants for the pageant’s charitable cause, Cops for Cancer – a title that spurred her to have her head shaved.

“It really only made her more beautiful,” said Cannon, of Celan’s extreme trim, done on-stage that night. “The crown still looked just as good.”

Celan, 20, was not available to comment.

Cannon, 17, was a top-12 finalist in the pageant, which was her first crack at such events.

She participated in five private interviews to qualify; at the pageant itself, contestants were judged on such things as eye contact, stage presence, a dance number, sportswear, evening wear and a speech.

They also had to answer a question. Cannon was asked to tell about her craziest experience, for which she described facing her fear of heights on a rock-climbing excursion.

“I was scared, but I tried it all,” the Semiahmoo Secondary student told Peace Arch News.

Cannon, who volunteers at Semiahmoo House Society and dances at Mi-Cher Dance Academy, said the pageant experience sparked her interest in pursuing similar ventures, and “hopefully one day get a title.”

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