First time Coronation pageant contestant gains queen title, trip to Toronto

Koreena Kuziw with daughter Vanessa Kuziw after the Miss World Alberta competition in Calgary on Sat. Feb. 29. ECA Review/Submitted
Written by Terri Huxley

Vanessa Kuziw of Coronation, Alta. walks the stage in her formal gown during the Miss World Alberta competition in Calgary on Feb. 29. The Coronation local was judged on three events and since she qualified for Nationals, she will be travelling to Toronto later this year. ECA Review/Submitted

Miss East Central Alberta is making her way to Toronto for nationals after competing in only one debut pageant.

Vanessa Kuziw received the title as well as placing third overall after a weekend in Calgary at the Miss World Alberta pageant from Feb. 28 – 29.

“I’m loving it, it’s so much fun and the people there are amazing and they stuff so much in one weekend it feels like it was a week. It was just so amazing,” said Kuziw.

Kuziw graduated from Coronation School in 2018, then went to Lakeland College for a veterinary medical assistant certification.

She currently works at the Stettler Veterinary Clinic.

Kuziw, alongside many others from across the province, were judged on their gown outfit, little black dress and swimwear as well as performing a number. In her case a grand march.

Aside from the outer appearance, judges asked contestants about their own morals, values, personality and what they stand for.

“It’s more based on your personality so who you are, what you could do for Alberta, why you should be the face of Alberta and all that and just you overall. So they ask a lot of personal questions in the interviews and then you are judged on how well you can basically hold yourself and how confident you are,” she explained.

Five titles are chosen from the Alberta competition.

Kuziw holds the fifth position for raising the most funds for the charity of choice, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Cardiac Kids while placing third overall.

The 19-year-old found a post on Facebook about the competition and felt pageants would be a good way to get into something modelling-related while putting her energy as well as make the world a better place through volunteerism.

Koreena Kuziw with daughter Vanessa Kuziw after the Miss World Alberta competition in Calgary on Sat. Feb. 29. ECA Review/Submitted

“Modelling I kinda thought was always self-centred, it’s not at all but I got the appeal from it that you just stand there and take pictures so the pageant appealed to me more because it’s based on who you are, where you come from, how well you can hold your self, it’s not just a picture,” said Kuziw.

Kuziw has felt nothing but support from entering the competition so far.

“Everybody is so kind. Like I didn’t have to worry about what was going on, the previous pageant mums were so helping and willing. It’s not like on TV where they are just looking out for their daughters and themselves, no, they are looking out for everybody,” said Kuziw.

Kuziw will be headed to Toronto in mid July for the Miss World Canada competition.

It will take place over the course of five days where the Coronation local will take part in a fashion show, photoshoot and speeches as well as other events.

If she were to advance from there, the Miss World Universe competition is in her grasp.


Terri Huxley

ECA Review