“My distinctive stamp is that I am honest, straightforward, and genuine.”
“What I love most about my profession is being able to help girls become more confident, and love themselves more under my guidance, to be their best selves onstage and offstage.”
“If you go into any beauty competition with your eyes only on the prize, I believe that even if you are somehow able to win, you cannot be a true beauty queen…”
“Being confident in yourself, in your own skin, and in the way you exist in this world is the most important.”
It is an honor to present from Canada the beautiful Edie Huo, International Model, Beauty Queen, Miss Teenager Toronto 2019 – Miss Teen Canada 2021 National Finalist, Pageant Coach.
Edie gives me an interview to learn about her beginnings as a model, career and projects.
You are welcome Edie Huo !!!
1.- Edie, What you like about your hometown? What are your hobbies? What makes you laugh a lot or does it give you a lot of joy?
I grew up in Vancouver, moved to Beijing for five years, and then moved to Toronto! Therefore, I consider myself to have two hometowns- Vancouver and Beijing. Both are cities that have a quick paced goalgetter type of culture and setting, and have fostered my own sense of motivation! I also love the food in both cities- Vancouver with some of the best poutine, sushi, and poke bowls, and the traditional Pekinese dim sum in Beijing!
Some hobbies I have include tennis, volleyball, and volunteering! All of these hobbies exercise my leadership abilities, independence, and somehow at the same time also my ability to collaborate!
Animals make me laugh a lot! I’m currently a foster home for dogs, meaning I take in dogs from a shelter and socialize them, and I essentially take care of them until they are adopted. They’re always so fun to play with, and it’s especially rewarding to see their personality bloom.
2.- International Model, Beauty Queen, Miss Teenager Toronto 2019 – Miss Teen Canada 2021 National Finalist. When do you decide to take your first steps as a model and beauty pageants? What feeling do you have achieving your dreams, your passions and being a recognized influencer woman today?
I entered my first beauty pageant in 2019, and started modelling in 2017, for a school fashion show. I’m quite proud of my progress and accomplishments, and how far I have gotten myself with only my networking abilities and courage to put myself out there. On Instagram, I mainly focus on fostering genine connection, and I’m always incredibly happy to engage with a community of individuals that share similar interests and support.
3.- Pageant Coach: Why did you decide to embrace this profession? What do you like most about your profession?
I decided to become a pageant coach after I noticed the lack of affordable coaching in the pageant space. I think there is a large economic barrier to less privileged girls being able to have that extra pair of eyes on their wardrobe, on their paperwork, and more, and I wanted to provide that at an affordable price point. What I love most about my profession is being able to help girls become more confident, and love themselves more under my guidance, to be their best selves onstage and offstage.
4.- What do you think is the distinctive, unique stamp of Edie in each activity carried out as a person, model, coach?
I think my distinctive stamp is non sibi. I do not want my impact on this world to be an endless game of strategic chess where I try and take advantage of everyone else so that I can come out ahead. My distinctive stamp is that I am honest, straightforward, and genuine.
5.- What is the main virtue that any woman must have to be a beauty queen?
I believe the main virtue any woman must have to be a beauty queen is empathy. Too often in beauty pageants people become caught up in the idea of vanity, or fierce competition not to better themselves and build the community, but to stroke their own egos. If you go into any beauty competition with your eyes only on the prize, I believe that even if you are somehow able to win, you cannot be a true beauty queen without compassion for those around you and those who competed with you, building so many beautiful and heartwarming memories along the way.
6.- Are you aware of being an influential woman for thousands of girls who want to be models? How important is it to you to be an idol for many girls and teenagers?
I have received countless messages from both my followers and girls in my community asking for advice on how to become a model. I definitely feel the responsibility that I have to be more conscious of my own words and actions, and I think that being influential is a great privilege and power. It is not incredibly important to me to be an idol- I believe that as a human being, all I can be is my best self, and hope that others follow my example.
7.- What was your feeling the first time you modeled in front of a video camera? What did you feel the first time at a beauty pageant?
The first time I modeled, I was incredibly shy. I was unaccustomed to the idea that I was “pretty” enough to be in front of the video camera. This was a mindset that stuck with me for the first few shoots, but after a while, I realized that I am getting these opportunities for a reason, that I am not actually an imposter.
The first time at a beauty pageant, I was stunned by the caliber of ladies I was competing with and meeting. They were inspiring and strong, and that feeling of walking into a room of ladies like that for the first time was one of the best feelings, especially at my first beauty pageant.
8.- What do you think about the power of social networks today?
I think that social networks today are incredibly empowering, and so revolutionary. Anyone can start a movement, anyone can start an instagram page, and anyone can start to form their own network online. You even reached me on a social network, offering me this amazing opportunity. I believe that social networks are an incredibly beneficial development in modern technology and society, and one of the greatest equalizers and weapons against decreasing social mobility.
9.- How do you like to interact with your followers on social networks? Whats your favorite social network?
I enjoy replying to direct messages the most, because it feels more like a one on one type of interaction where I am able to get to know everyone individually. My favorite social network is Instagram, on which I have two accounts: 1) @edie_huo where I post lifestyle and pageant content, and 2) @a_makeupbag where I post beauty/makeup content.
10.- What would you advise young people who have talent but do not dare to take the next step? What would you advise parents who do not support their children’s talents?
I believe in chasing your own dreams. My parents did not support me, and are still incredibly skeptical about my passion for entertainment and pageantry. I would say within a reasonable framework find ways to financially be able to compete like obtaining sponsorships, taking on an extra job, or tutoring in a topic you are good at. Then when you achieve results, your parents will understand your dedication, and you will see your own strength. Taking that first step is hard, but when you stand on stage with a crown on your head, it all pays off.
To the parents, I would say support your children. Give them a chance to take that shot, and if it is financially challenging, ask them to learn to sponsor themselves and be independent in ways like sponsorships, crowdfunding, or other methods. As well, don’t underestimate your worth and how highly your children regard you, support them all the way!
11.- What important lessons have you learned from the world of fashion and beauty pageants?
Being confident in yourself, in your own skin, and in the way you exist in this world is the most important.
12.- Edie, being beauty queen and model for you has been easy? Were there obstacles? How did you overcome obstacles?
It definitely hasn’t been easy! I’ve never really fit perfectly into any category as a beauty queen or model, and it was pretty hard for me at first to break in to modelling when I wasn’t small enough to be a “straight sized” model, but also not large enough to be “plus size”. I overcame these obstacles by challenging myself, putting myself out there, and hearing tons and tons of “No, Sorrys” before I was able to succeed.
13.- Edie Do you like to travel? What countries do you know? What other countries would you like to know and which places do you recommend to visit from Canada & China?
I love to travel! I’ve actually been to about 22-24 countries, and my favorite ones have been Mexico (I visited Mexico City and Cancun), Vietnam, France, and Italy! For a traveller coming to Canada or China, I would recommend Toronto and Vancouver, and Beijing and XiAn.
Interview conducted by Jaime William Mostacero Baca with Edie Huo – Canada
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