Richmond woman wins Miss B.C. pageant
Richmond's Taylor Scott accepted a crown Monday—winning the 2014 Miss B.C. pageant held at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley.
"I wanted to take part in a program which facilitates an environment for women to celebrate their strengths, and speak out about issues that hold significance for them," said Scott in a post on the pageant's website.
Organizers also selected winners for the 2014 Mrs B.C. and Miss Teen B.C. titles among 50 competitors at the 310-seat theatre. Stanislava Ludmilin of Surrey won the Mrs. B.C. title, while Langley's Brette Joyal won the Miss B.C. crown.
Leading up to Monday's finale, contestants received professional training in public speaking, media relations, modelling, manners, etiquette, leadership, self-esteem, health and fitness and self-defence.
As winner, Scott will "attend various functions across the province," according to pageant director Darren Storsley.
Storsley said in a news release that pageant crowns aren't necessarily awarded to the most beautiful women, but rather those who are well-rounded, intelligent, outgoing and well-spoken.
"In the end, it is about giving back, reaching out, creating leaders and providing a venue for women to take leadership roles across B.C." he said.
Another Richmond woman, Felicia Chandra, also competed for the Miss B.C. title.
The event raises money for the Cops for Cancer Tour of the Canadian Cancer Society, generating $200,000 for the cause since 2007.