Jenna Osmond is already returning home from the Miss Canada Globe competition as a champion.
The only question now is whether she will earn the chance to represent Canada at the upcoming Miss Beauty International Pageant.
The 23-year-old Hampden resident was crowned Miss Newfoundland and Labrador during the regional portion of the event last week in Toronto, Ont.
With the title secured, Osmond and her 90 fellow competitors now turn their focus to Saturday’s pageant where the top five will win the opportunity, should they choose, to represent the country at the international event.
Deer Lake’s Meghan House won the international event in the Dominican Republic in April and was in Toronto last week to crown Osmond with her provincial title.
Since arriving in Toronto, Osmond has been busy practicing her choreography and learning the finer points of beauty pageants, such as the proper way to smile and to walk on catwalks and runways.
Competitors have been working long hours in preparation for both events, practicing from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. most mornings.
Osmond said the arduous schedule has tested her resolve but has helped form a bond with her fellow participants.
“It gets hard but we’ve made a lot of friends,” Osmond said Wednesday during a rare break in Toronto.
“We’ve got strong bonds and no matter how hard it gets, we keep pushing everybody.”
Regardless of their placement during the first event, all participants head into Saturday’s big show on even footing and will once again be judged through bikini and evening gown portions, as well as interview and talent showcases.
As expected, Osmond played a jig and “The Badger Drive” on her accordion and said she had judges and those in attendance tapping their feet along with the music.
She said she entered her first pageant with confidence but has been pleased with the way she’s handled the pressure, and in particular the lack of rest.
“With only three hours sleep I’d normally be like, ‘Screw this, I’m going home,’” she said with a laugh. “I’m pretty surprised and impressed with myself.”
As she prepares for the final push toward the main event, Osmond will get a boost from some familiar faces when her mother Zeta Osmond, aunt Janis Osmond and boyfriend Brent Noble arrive in Toronto.
Although the grind has been difficult, she said the effort is worthwhile once she’s competing under the bright lights.
“It’s a relief once you’re on stage. You just think, ‘Oh my God, all this hard work is done,’” she said.
When Osmond returns to the province, she will attend charity events and make frequent appearances in her capacity as Miss Newfoundland and Labrador.
Meanwhile, Corner Brook’s Katie Barrow was named second runner-up and crowned Miss Southern Newfoundland and Corner Brook's Caitlin Davis was chosen Miss Corner Brook and third runner-up during the regional portion of the competition.
Alana Alyward of Goose Cove was chosen first runner-up and earned the regional title of Miss Central Newfoundland.