A northern Ontario woman will represent Canada at an international beauty pageant in Japan later this year after winning second place at the Miss Universe Canada pageant over the weekend.
Madison Kvaltin competed in the Miss Universe Canada 2022 pageant last weekend where she placed second. (photo by Maloney Aguirre/Miss Universe Canada)
(Madison Kvaltin in the 2022 Miss Universe Pageant in Toronto, Ontario. Source: photographica by Maloney Aguirre)
Amelia Tu, a 20-year-old from Vancouver, BC, took home the crown and will go on to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant later this year.
As Toronto’s first runner-up, Madison Kvaltin has won the title of Miss International Canada.
Kvaltin is from Sudbury but currently lives in southern Ontario.
It’s the first time someone from northern Ontario has won the title since it started in 2005 and had to beat out 53 other national competitors to get it.
Kvaltin is an entrepreneur who started a “body confidence sports brand,” Skilla Athletes, and a web design business. He holds a Bachelor of Honors in economics and business from Queen’s University.
“Madison is a big believer that beauty fades, but the impact you make on the world can last a lifetime,” her profile reads on the Miss Universe Canada website.
Madison Kvaltin at the Miss Universe Canada 2022 swimsuit competition. (photo by Maloney Aguirre/Miss Universe Canada)
She credits Cheryl Kozera, the director of the Miss Northern Ontario pageant, with being the most influential woman in her life besides her parents, in an interview posted on her profile.
Kvaltin won Miss Northern Ontario in 2016.
“Cheryl has empowered hundreds of women to find their voice within the world of the pageant. I never thought I would be the same strong, empowered, and transformative woman I am today if if not for him,” said Kvaltin.
“She inspired me to chase my dreams and push my platform deeper than I could have ever imagined. Cheryl has empowered me, to want to empower other young women to become the best version of themselves , to build a better future.”