Jamie de Roos is the reigning Miss Canada Petite 2020/21. She’s a 24-year-old beauty queen who hails from the beautiful city of Regina, Saskatchewan. She’s currently trying to effectively combat the stigma of mental illness in Canada, being someone diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder as well as Social Anxiety. She knows all too well the pain that is caused from the stigma of mental illness. She wants to change this stigma and show that a mental illness is not what holds you back. But a force that can drive you forward to your greatest potential.
StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Jamie to discuss her journey in the pageant world and here’s what went down:
How did you first get into the beauty pageant scene?
When I first started modeling in 2018 it was with the goal of improving the quality of all my cosplay photos. Going international for modeling and being signed onto a modeling agency was something I had always wanted to do as well. In 2019 my friend reached out to me and told me that I should compete in a beauty pageant. She had competed in Miss Canada Globe 2015/2016 and had won the title. She told me that if I competed that I would more than likely win and it would open a lot of doors for me.
What is your journey like as Miss Canada Petite 2020/21?
My journey of winning Miss Canada Petite 2020/21 and representing Miss Canada Globe Productions has been a really wonderful experience. I have had interviews with major magazines and news stations. I have gotten to meet a lot of people and host Mental health events. I have been signed onto modeling agencies and soon I will get to represent Canada Internationally at two pageants (either this year or next). The whole thing has really been a blessing and an experience I’m so grateful for.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the beauty pageant industry so far?
The most memorable experience that has happened to me since being in the beauty pageant industry has to be the crowning night. Working so hard and seeing myself achieve a goal that I was determined to do. Has just allowed me to gain so much confidence in myself. I will probably always remember that night with fond memories.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in your journey with Miss Canada Globe Productions? This can be about the industry or yourself.
I think the most valuable lesson that I have learned on my journey of becoming Miss Canada Petite 2020/21 and working with Miss Canada Globe Productions. Is that you’re more capable of succeeding at things than you think you are!
Who is the biggest cheerleader in your journey to becoming a beauty queen?
I don’t think that I have one biggest cheerleader I think all my friends kinda cheer at the same rate. I have so many wonderful people who back me and support me on all levels. It would be pretty hard to give that to one person.
What was your reaction when the host announced that you were crowned Miss Canada Petite 2020/21?
When they were announcing the 1st runner-up, the other girl and I were holding each other’s hands. I told her good luck, I hope you win, and then they announced her name for 1st runner up. I started clapping for her cause I was so happy and then she instantly hugged me and I realized at that moment I had won. I instantly started crying tears of joy and it was just a great night and memory for me now.
If you could go back in a time machine to when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I don’t think I would have done anything different really. You know there are areas where I wish I had prepared or practiced more or brought more outfits. But I believe that I had prepared myself to the best of my ability and it paid off. I would not be here if I had done it any differently.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Picture yourself as the best most accomplished version of yourself. Who are they? What is their life like? What have they accomplished? How do they get up in the morning? Is there a certain way they hold themselves? Write all of that down and then do just one thing a day to become that version of you, because anything is possible and you are capable.
What are your plans/responsibilities as Miss Canada Petite 2020/21?
My plans for the rest of the year are to do as much as I can to raise awareness for Mental Health to try and end the stigma of living with a Mental Illness. I plan to do some 1k runs and host some mother’s Day events and bottle drives. Just do really as much as I can before I pass on my title in August.
What advice would you give to the girls who are thinking of joining the competition?
If you are on the fence about competing; my advice would be to just do it. You do not need to have competed in pageants before to compete in our system. Miss Canada Globe Productions does a lot of training and events and you really learn a lot along the way. You will come back as a different person after the pageant. If you are already signed up my advice would be to prepare and practice as much as you can beforehand. The ten days will go by a lot faster than you think.
The Lightning-Fast Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Ratatouille
2. What do you consider beautiful and why: I consider treating people with kindness and compassion as beautiful.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could: Cliff Jumping.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d.” go skydiving.
5. What is the one trait you wouldn’t change about yourself: My compassion.