City’s Miss World contestants hope for opportunities
Two Carleton University students are hoping to bring home a coveted pageant title when the Miss World Canada competition is held in Toronto this week.
Tea-Nercita Savic, 20, and Raissa Nkuba, 19, both of Ottawa, are two city contestants among the 45 women hoping to win the crown for the annual pageant.
Savic, a humanities student at Carleton University, said her reasons for entering were more than skin deep. It’s an opportunity for her to draw attention to charities she’s passionate about, she said.
"I’ve always had a passion for doing charity work," said Savic, who is currently working to create awareness for SOS Children’s Villages, which cares for orphans and abandoned children worldwide.
"I wanted to find a way of showing that women can be beautiful, intelligent, active, and involved and make a difference in the world."
Congo-born Nkuba, 19, lived in Zambia and Jamaica before moving to Canada four years ago. She speaks French, English, Swahili, Tshiluba and Lingala and is currently studying psychology and law at Carleton.
She said her dream is to help her family in Africa, who are struggling in the war.
Beginning today and wrapping up with Friday’s finals, the winner of Miss World Canada advances to compete for the Miss World title in Kyiv, Ukraine.
No matter how she fares on the final day of the pageant on Friday, Savic intends on holding onto her sense of self.
"I really want to encourage women to be proud of who they are and love the bodies that they have," she said. "True beauty, the beauty that matters, lies deepest inside of you."