Carlita Nair is taking part in the Miss B.C. pageant.

Carlita Nair is taking part in the Miss B.C. pageant.

Local eyes provincial crown

Carlita Nair, Miss Milano, joined the Miss B.C. pageant in an effort to inspire others.

Carlita Nair hopes to put Vernon on the provincial map on June 30, as she is among 50 hopefuls from across the province competing for the Miss, Mrs. and Miss Teen B.C. crowns.

Nair, Miss Milano, joined the Miss B.C. pageant in an effort to inspire others.

“I was told as a child that the struggles I had been through would make me a beautiful person. I want to encourage, empower, and provoke beauty and self-love in all those who come in contact with me.”

Vernon can vote for Nair in the People’s Choice award category at www.missbc.ca prior to the talent and presentation night Saturday and then the final show and crowning Monday in Fort Langley.

The pageant prides itself in its uniqueness in the pageant world. It is a development program for young women and, for the fourth year in a row, now has a category for married women, the Mrs. BC Pageant.

“I see no reason why marriage should end someone’s pageant opportunities,” said creator and producer Darren Storsley.

All previous rules that may discriminate against women in pageants have also been lifted. For example, there is not a maximum age limit to participate, nor are there height and weight requirements. Also, among the contestants are ladies who are single parents. This year’s roster of contestants includes a young woman who is a former competitor in the Special Olympics as well as a contestant with autism.

Leading up to the final pageant, all contestants receive professional training in areas such as public speaking, interview skills, media relations, modelling, manners, etiquette, leadership, self-esteem,  health, fitness, nutrition, assertiveness and motivational speaking, and even self-defense.

“These skills will help all the contestants, whether or not they are chosen as the new Miss, Miss Teen or Mrs. B.C.,” said Storsley.

The charity of the Miss B.C. Pageant is the Cops for Cancer Tour of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The pageant will be broadcast on Shaw Television later this fall.