A Langley teenager has won a national beauty pageant title.
Kathy Harder has been crowned Miss Teen Canada Petite for 2013/14 as part of the Miss Canada Globe pageant held in Toronto between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7. The petite title is for contestants under 5'6" tall.
"It's very life changing," said Harder, who applied for the pageant last year because she wanted to do something big.
Turning 17 soon and heading into Grade 12 at Langley Secondary, Harder said it was a long process from arriving for the start of the pageant to wearing one of the crowns.
The first three days were regional contests, in which Harder won Miss Teen British Columbia.
There was also training, including in choreography and walking a catwalk, and the young women made appearances at places like the Canada's Wonderland fun park.
She won the crown for Miss Teen Petite, as well as Miss Bikini and Miss Disco Queen.
In the future, Harder said she wants to become a singer or television personality.
She has spent the last few years working on her education, volunteering with charities including the Downtown Eastside Women's Shelter and Salvation Army's Gateway of Hope in Langley, and working as a model and extra in local film productions.
Her duties will be charity and volunteer work, appearing as Miss Teen Canada Petite, and training and recruiting for next year's contestants, said Harder.
She'll also go on through the Globe pageant series to challenge for the title of Miss Teen Universal Petite.
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