For Golden’s Robin Johnston, her interview for the Miss Universe Canada pageant didn’t go completely according to plan.
“During my whole interview I had lipstick over my teeth,” Johnston laughed.
Despite that minor hiccup, and possibly because of how she handled that situation, Johnston was chosen as one of the 50 finalists for Canada’s national beauty pageant.
“I think (they chose me) because I confidently went on, there was nothing I could do about it, it happened and I dealt with it,” she said. “I didn’t sweat under the pressure.”
Johnston, the daughter of Wendell and Shari, grew up in Golden and attended Golden Secondary School until she was 17, which is when she moved to Calgary to pursue her dream of a career in the fashion industry.
“(In Calgary) I did all of these things that I always wanted to do like model, participate in Calgary Fashion Week, I’ve been on TV as a fashion expert and styled for fashion shows,” she said.
Also while in Calgary, Johnston appeared as an extra in a few feature films such as The Assassination of Jesse James.
“I got to do a lot of things that I’ve dreamed about doing, coming from a small town you’re very limited, so it was nice to have that experience,” Johnston said.
She eventually moved back to Golden and then pursued a career in medicine, attending Okanagan College in Kelowna. However, Johnston quickly realized that a career in medicine was not what she wanted to do with her life.
“All I want to do is travel the world, so I got a job as a flight attendant and moved to Toronto,” she said.
Working for Air Transat, Johnston travelled to Europe five times a month and had time on layovers to explore exotic cities such as Rome, Amsterdam and Dublin.
She still works as a flight attendant for Enerjet, although she has taken a leave from that job while she focuses her attention on the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant.
Johnston applied for a spot in the pageant online and didn’t think she would ever hear anything further.
“Eight months later they asked me if I could come in for a pageant (and interview) in Calgary. I was really caught off guard,” she laughed.
The field of contestants will be cut down to 20 for the judging at the final show in May, but Johnston will be appearing on the show regardless as a top 50 finalist.
Johnston will spend 10 days in Toronto leading up to the show where she will be meeting judges and making public appearances, at which point the top 20 will be selected.
Before that, Johnston has to create a fundraiser and find companies to sponsor her. Sponsors will receive advertisement at the pageant.
“There’s so many things that have to get done…so there’s that anxiety. It’s all these unknowns but I know that this is what I want and that it will all come together,” Johnston said.
An online poll will be conducted at a later date with the winner receiving an automatic entry into the final 20.
You can track Johnston’s path towards the Miss Universe Canada pageant online through her Twitter feed @Robin_Alexander or on Instagram at robin_alexandra.
Anyone who wants more information about becoming a sponsor can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the pageant itself can be found at missuniversecanada.ca.