Hi everyone! My name is Kiran Matharu and I recently won the title of Miss Teen Hamilton Region-World 2013 at the Miss Teen Ontario-World provincials. I am a seventeen year old girl who is very passionate about the arts! I love all kinds of art: writing, painting, drawing, music, and most of all, acting. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of performing on stage. The bright stage lights shining down on me as I walked in someone else’s shoes taking on a whole new life. Unfortunately, my shy character became an obstacle to my dream.
Confidence is an extremely important asset to me, especially after experiencing the life of the “quiet girl” who couldn’t speak her mind. Confidence gives a person so much more than just the ability to speak in front of crowds. It opens up new opportunities and helps you to meet new people because you’re finally not afraid to dive headfirst into a new possibility.
Drama class and the people who I surrounded myself with in that room really changed the way I looked at myself. They pushed my limits and made me look past my tiny box of a comfort zone. I was able to open up to new people and introduce myself to new experiences.
It was also in that same Drama room that I found out what beauty really was. I used to be extremely cautious about the way I looked: my height was too short, my hair was too long and I didn’t feel pretty. It was the people I surrounded myself with that let me see that everyone is beautiful in their own way. As everyone noticed their flaws, I saw their perfections. I soon noticed that we are much quicker to notice our shortcomings rather than our strong points (Click here for a video about how we view ourselves versus how others view us). It’s much easier to list off five negative qualities about ourselves rather than five positive ones. Biologically we’re dealt a set of cards and the truth is, we can’t change the cards we’re dealt, but we can control how we play them. It’s not only how we look on the outside, but also how we treat others and carry ourselves, our beauty within.
To this day, when I think of the two most beautiful women I have ever met, they are both women who are confident, strong and inspiring. They are both larger women but I have never met more beautiful individuals. They are kind individuals that know how to light up a room with their presence and treat all individuals with respect, no matter their appearance, race, sexual orientation or anything else that may set them apart. They are beautiful people both inside and out to the fullest extent.
My platform for the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant is Youth Suicide. It is judgments based on things such as appearance, race, and sexual orientation that may cause individuals to feel the need to go to such extremes and take their own lives. Youth suicide is the second leading cause of death in the youth of Canada. It’s time that we take action and reduce such a huge issue. Issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, depression and societal pressures are just some of the things that contribute to the rate of youth suicide. As Miss Teen Hamilton Region-World 2013 I want to address this issue and help many young women and men overcome any negative feelings they may have. My goal through the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant is to help make a positive difference in the lives of others and I hope that you will all support me in my journey!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding what I have written in this blog post, including anything that may have offended you in any manner, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section. Feel free to ask any questions you’d like. Hoping to hear from you!
Miss Teen Hamilton Region-World 2013