April Chapleau has added the International Miss Tourism 2020 to her long list of pageant titles.
The Timmins woman was crowned at a pageant held from July 26 to 28 in the Nashville.
Along with the International Miss Tourism title, she also won the World’s Miss Tourism Cover-Model title, World’s Miss Tourism Print-Model title and she’s was the second-runner up at the World’s Miss Tourism world finals.
“From creating the costume, the out-of-pocket expenses, the loan I had to take to make it there considering all this I am happy that I won the title,” said Chapleau.
Chapleau said the International Miss Tourism pageant is about living in places one has never been before and influencing needed change in the world. She said Miss Tourism’s role is to make a difference in a community keeping in mind about all the good and bad things happening around the world.
“The best part about this pageant is it doesn’t matter if you are in a square or a rectangle body. As long as you have the golden heart to bring a change in your community you can definitely make through this pageant,” said Chapleau.
She had to complete a couple of tasks at the competition to win this title, including a rapid-fire interview, photogenic picture shoot with the crown and an evening gown challenge where every model has to walk the ramp in a gown.
Chapleau started her modeling journey back in 2011.
The most recent pageant was her first time competing outside of Canada.
She said it wasn’t easy preparing for this competition, preparing financially was one of the biggest challenges for her as sponsorships for pageants don’t come easily.
“I never had much support for any of my dreams. I advertised things here and there with the hopes that right people would reach out to me for the sponsorships,” said Chapleau.
Getting into modeling forced Chapleau break her stage fright and made her come out of her comfort zone.
“Conquering my stage fear is a big one for me. As long as I keep going though, I believe that I can break free from the fear that surrounds me.”
She explained it all started when one day when she was going through some photographs and thought she would give modelling a try.
For the next year’s Miss Tourism competition, Chapleau is working with some local girls and training them for the competition in hopes of keeping the Crown in Timmins next year.
“I keep talking about retiring soon (from pageant competitions) but every time I see an advertisement of a competition, it just changes my mind.”
Chapleau said if she ever gets a team set up, she would like to one day host the Miss Canada Tourism pageant from here in Timmins.