Local resident aiming to be Miss Universe Canada 2014

 

Amber Bernachi is heading to Toronto next week with the goal of becoming Miss Universe Canada 2014. The pageant is May 22-24.

Amber Bernachi is heading to Toronto next week with the goal of becoming Miss Universe Canada 2014. The pageant is May 22-24.

By Ron Giofu

 

A local resident has her eyes set on becoming Miss Universe Canada 2014 and will know soon if that goal becomes a reality.

Amber Bernachi is heading to Toronto next week to compete in the pageant, after already being one of six competitors to have advanced out of a field of 21 from the southwestern Ontario preliminary round held in Windsor two weeks ago. Bernachi will be one of 28 competitors attempting to represent Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in Brazil later this year.

The 23-year-old will have to compete in the preliminary round May 22 where the top 20 will be chosen to advance to finals two days later. The pageant is broken up into thirds, with a portion of the mark dedicated to the swimsuit competition, an interview ranging from national and international events making up another third, and the evening gown competition the other third.

Bernachi said she followed pageants when she was younger and now has followed up that interest by competing in them.

“I’ve kind of always been interested in pageants,” she said.

After competing in the Miss Italia pageant at the Ciociaro Club in 2008, she followed that up by trying to become Miss Teen Canada in 2010.

“This year, I thought it was a good year to give (Miss Universe Canada) a shot,” she added.

Stating the girls in pageants are involved in charity works, have a focus on fitness and health and do a lot of networking across Canada, Bernachi said that is what holds her interest as far as being part of pageants.

“They are great role models,” said Bernachi. “That’s what I aspire to be.”

Bernachi pointed out she has a younger sister and wants to be a person her younger sister can look up to.

In preparation for the pageant, Bernachi has been staying up on current events, training three to four times in the gym, eating healthy and staying positive.

“I’m just hoping for the best. I’m just excited,” she said. “It’s going to be a great experience. I don’t get nervous until I literally walk onto the stage.”

Bernachi also has to fundraise for the two charities sponsored by Miss Universe Canada, those being SOS Children’s Village and Operation Smile.

While being a part of pageants can become expensive when entry fees, gowns and other associated costs are factored in, Bernachi said she is fortunate because she is only four hours away from the pageant itself thus reducing travel expenses. However, she is accepting sponsors for any business or individual willing to support her. She can be reached at abernachi3@hotmail.com or 519-995-6299.

Bernachi just competed her teaching degree and aims for an MBA starting in September. She and eight friends are also starting “Karma Crew,” a charitable organization aimed at raising funds for causes and charities in the Windsor-Essex County area.

For those wanting more information or to vote for Bernachi for the “People’s Choice Award” in the Miss Universe Canada 2014 pageant, visit www.missuniversecanada.ca. The winner of the “People’s Choice Award” automatically advances into the top 20 at the pageant.

“I’m glad to be supporting this area,” she said. “I’m glad to be one of the six representing southwestern Ontario.”

 

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