My name is Katherine Rose, and I am from Montreal!

I am currently in Beauty School studying to become a medical aesthetician. It often amuses the hairdressers that we share the campus with to tease us as “pimple poppers”, but I promise there is much more to it than that! I am learning so much about how our body and skin works, from the top layer of the dermis to the deepest cavities of the heart. The skin is our largest organ, so us professionals have to know all about it from head to toe and front to back! We are going to be playing with lasers and needles for our whole careers, so we better know our stuff.

I am also going to train in laser tattoo removal, to help survivors of human trafficking reclaim their bodies.

We also study makeup techniques, massage movements (Yes, some days I go to school just to be massaged all day. It’s really hard.) I could go on and on!

But I’m sure what you’re really wondering is; how did I get here?

Allow me to start from the beginning; as a young girl, school was always very difficult for me because I would spend all my time daydreaming of faraway places, craving adventures, fantasizing about places that I have never seen and people that I have never met, and hoarding every Harry Potter-esque book that I could get my little hands on.

My need to roam led me to study Hotel Management in college, where I met all types of people from all types of backgrounds, studying anything you could imagine alongside me. Near the end of my course, I accepted an internship to work at a 5 star hotel in Bangkok, Thailand called Lebua (home to the Sky Bar, which made a cameo in the movie The Hangover 2, and a Michelin-starred restaurant).

The Chao Phraya River, which runs through Bangkok into the Gulf of Thailand

I will never forget the warmth and honesty of the Thai people. I once left my MacBook in a taxi and when I realized what had happened, I just wanted to break down and cry. As in, literally sit on the sidewalk and weep. But the taxi driver, riding up to me like a hero cowboy in the sunset, came back and returned it to me. I tried to give him money for his selfless act, but he refused. 

Now, back to the hotel aspect; once I was in the thick of things, serving a massive hotel and thousands of room guests and restaurant diners, I had to be honest with myself. 

Did I really have a passion for the hotel industry? Or did I just want to travel?

Pretty soon after this honest conversation with myself, I was on a plane back to Canada. I made the silent promise to Thailand that I would return one day, for the right reasons.

I also want to bring awareness to my platform, human trafficking, and make a career in public speaking where I educate the public about this horrible crime.

During my free time, you will find me at the archery shooting range, where I am now skilled enough that my trainer no longer feels the need to duck under a table and cower whenever I pick up the bow, practicing my singing (my style is pop and Ariana Grande is my queen) and going to the gym. I also still daydream about faraway places all the time…some things never change.

I’m honoured to be a Delegate for Miss World Canada 2020, 2020 is the beginning of a new decade, and this year belongs to us! I was born to be Miss World, to help protect all the children of the world from human trafficking, to inspire the voiceless, and to spread love and courage everywhere I go.

Your New Rose,

Katherine Leblanc, Miss Montreal

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