Meghan House on her way to Dominican Republic to compete in second pageant
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Meghan House is shown at Treasured Moments in Deer Lake in this photo taken in early April.
Even the most extravagant all-inclusive trips to the Dominican Republic don’t typically feature a beauty pageant.
Yet, that’s precisely what awaits Meghan House as she leaves Canada for the first time on Monday, to compete in the Miss Beauty International Pageant on Tuesday in Santo Domingo.
The 21-year-old House is currently Miss Canada Globe Fourth Princess 2013-14, Miss Newfoundland Labrador Globe 2013-14 and Miss Beautiful Hair 2013-14. Her fourth-place finish at the Miss Canada Globe pageant, her first ever, last September enabled her to represent Canada at other competitions.
Modelling was something the five-foot-eight, 110-pound Deer Lake native wanted to do since she was “really young” and with the help of Douglas Whitehorne of consulting/business services company Spiderfly Canada, she got her foot in the door when she was 15 years old.
“It’s just another way to express yourself,” she said via telephone from Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday night. “Some people like art ... I like expressing myself through getting pictures done.”
Tuesday’s pageant will see 88 contestants complete in all categories, although House — one of just five Canadians and the only Newfoundlander attending — estimated there would be only 25 or so in her particular division. It’s only her second pageant, and first international one, but she swears there are no nerves.
“I’m going to try my best,” she said. “I guess that’s all you can expect right now.
“I’m not really worried,” she added. “I’m just in it for the experience.”
House, the daughter of Sean and Rosa, doesn’t believe the pageant will be as hectic as her first one last fall since she has already experienced one and now knows what to expect.
She’s looking forward to showing off her vocal cords with a rendition of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” which she admits may not be familiar to all the judges, but feels that could work in her favour.
“It will be different,” she said with a laugh.
Through an account she set up with gofundme.com and various other means, she figures she raised somewhere around $7,000 for the trip. Miss Canada Globe covers some of her expenses, but not all of them.
“I had to pay for a lot of my stuff,” she said.
As part of her fundraising, House pledged to donate 10 cents from each dollar donated to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. She’ll tally up the official total when she returns home to Deer Lake on April 28.
The disease hits close to home for her, as her mother has been a sufferer since 2001.
“It’s not a very nice disease to live with ... getting sick all the time and not being able to eat stuff,” she said. “But she’s still positive about it.”