Miss Universe could
be a Mustang
By Chris Webden
Western has the proof to back up all of its bragging.
Christie Bartram, a first-year social science student at Western and Ivey
hopeful, is competing in the Miss Universe Canada finals taking place
in Toronto this weekend. Bartram will be competing against 45 other women,
representing a diverse assortment of cultural backgrounds from across
Canada, in an attempt to be crowned Miss Universe Canada.
According to Fabrizio Loza-Alvarado, regional director of Miss Universe
Canada, Western Ontario, the pageant will crown a winner based not only
on her beauty, but also her personality, strength and awareness of the
issues that concern young women and Canadians.
"[The winner] has to be completely aware of the issues around her
that affect Canadians and the entire world," Loza-Alvarado said,
adding Bartram has a good knowledge of those issues and has been working
hard to prepare for the pageant.
Set to take place at the Metro Convention Centre this Saturday night,
the pageant will judge women in three categories: bathing suit, evening
gown and interview segment.
The pressure and intensity of the competition have steadily increased
over the last week, as the women made their final preparations in Toronto,
"I am nervous, even though I am confident," Bartram said. "You
never know what could happen the night of the show."
Bartram, who was crowned Miss Chinese Toronto in 2001, said her experience
in past events have helped her to prepare and stay calm leading up to
"I think I would be able to supply a voice to the youth of today,
because I am aware of the issues that affect them," Bartram explained,
noting the AIDS epidemic, Kyoto protocol and wars in the Middle East as
being areas of concern.
"Hopefully, I would be able to use my position, should I be crowned,
to help with a lot of fundraising events [for various charities],"
Bartram said, noting a victory will bring added responsibility.
Bartram said women gain a lot of independence and self-confidence when
competing in pageants. "You really have to rely on yourself [in this
type of competition]," she added.
"I think [having a Western representative at the pageant] is great,"
said Martina Chesnik, a second-year media, information and technoculture
student. "If you work that hard to look good, why not be recognized