Photo: Thea Theobald (left, black dress) holds hands with the runner up shortly before Theobald was titled Miss Petite Canada – Submitted.
A local Fort St. John woman won the Miss Petite Canada Title, but handed her crown to the runner up.
Thea Theobald says after going through the competition in Toronto, she realized being a beauty queen would be a lifestyle that didn’t suit her.
Theobald stands 5 foot 5 inches tall, and was titled Miss Petite Northern British Columbia earlier this year. She said she had entered the pageant after she was approached by the current Miss Canada Globe winner at the Pacific Centre Mall in Vancouver.
She thought she would give it a try, and beat out the 150 others vying for the same title. Local businesses got behind Theobald and funded a portion of her trip to compete in Toronto. She says she has explained the situation to some of her sponsors, who, she says would have sponsored her no matter what the outcome.
Theobald says the amount of travel made her change her mind about accepting the title. She would have had to make monthly trips to Toronto, and compete in the Miss Petite World competition in Costa Rica.
Despite her choice, the competition is still open to her if she decides to compete in the future.
But, she says the pageant was a great experience. She says she is more confident in her public-speaking skills and she has made many friends during the competition.