She’s not your average Tamil ponnu.
But, like many Tamil individuals, she’s an over-achiever. Anne is a writer, dancer and a budding actress who also participates in musical theatre. However, her involvement in beauty pageants is what sets her apart. As Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary, Anne represented Canada this June at an international pageant. Why beauty pageants you ask? For Anne, it’s about self growth.
“It allows you to connect with individuals across the country, and it pushes your own personal boundaries.” she said.
But more importantly, she says the pageant platform allows her to spread awareness for causes she cares about. The idea was recommended to her by a friend – an idea she initially shrugged off. And the experience was not an easy accomplishment; even more as a visible minority she said.
“It has been one of the most stressful and emotionally draining weeks in my life.” Anne said.
Nevertheless, Anne used her background as her strength to stand out.
“There is no point in wasting my precious energy into justifying an aspect of me that is beyond my control.” Anne said.
Besides, at one point the outcome did not matter- as long as she was persistent she said. Additionally, her visit to a little boy diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer has given her a new perspective on life.
“I just remember his eyes and the joy he had in them. It made me re-evaluate my own life and how I wanted to live it.” Anne said.
Moreover, she hopes people will change their perception about the pageant industry. “Pageants are more than women dressed up and in bikinis.” She said.
The industry has given Anne a lot of scope and she has a lot planned with her new title. One consists of helping homeless teenagers in Toronto through the Covenant House.
Photos provided by Anne Saverimuthu.