Sara Winter exhibits model behaviour in the Middle East
It’s been three weeks of fancy dinners, fashion shows, interviews and photo shoots for Cowichan home girl Sara Winter.
This is what the local model experienced as part of the Top Model of the World competition in El Gouna, Egypt which wrapped up Friday.
Although Winter didn’t finish in the top five during the April 11 two-hour competition finale, she said the experience was priceless.
“It was just a really awesome experience and now I’m happy to be heading home,” the 19-year-old said when reached at the airport with her dad, Rob, Tuesday.
The competition saw models from 42 different countries take part in a number of events and rounds.
Winter bunked with the Bahamas contestant, 22-year-old Peandra Ariel Knowles, at the beach-side Club Paradisio resort located in the north of Hurghada. She said competition officials and resort staff took great care of her during the competition.
“I’ve never felt unsafe, or unsure here,” she said last week of what’s currently a politically unstable country. “The resort is amazing.”
Winter flew to Egypt with her dad at the end of March after she was selected by an international pageant representative to compete on behalf of Canada.That wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t competed in the Miss Teen Canada Competition in 2011, or Supermodel of the World in Thailand in 2012.
“I was super excited because it’s an amazing opportunity, representing not just a province but a whole country,” she said, noting the hectic schedule she was exposed to during her stay hasn’t fazed her one bit.
“There’s definitely been a lot of pressure,” she said. “Every single girl here is very good, as they’ve been chosen to represent their country, so it’s definitely more of an elite competition.”
Winter recently moved to Toronto in September to hit the books at York University. The former Cowichan Secondary student is studying for a bachelor of science and eventually would like to become a children’s dentist.
And even though the Top of the World Model competition is finished, she won’t be back home long. She’s already signed up for the Miss Universe of Canada competition at the end of May.
“This is just what I love to do,” she said.
She was particularly pumped about the connections she made in Egypt.
“Just being in this competition, I’ve made friends from all over the world. Now I’ve got girls I can go visit in different places because we’re going to stay in touch.
“And obviously it’s been so great getting to learn about a whole new culture here.”