Kesiah Kathleen Liane Papasin, 4th runner-up in the Miss Universe Canada 2012 competition, is representing Canada at the Miss Continente Americano (Miss American Continent) pageant in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Kesiah is 21 years old, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
When she was 13, while attending the 2004 Canadian Model and Talent Convention (CMTC) in Toronto, Kesiah met Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005. She was captured by Miss Glebova’s beauty and determination. Inspired and motivated by her, joining pageants became Kesiah’s passion. She remembers Miss Glebova saying, “You should join pageants and if you lose, try again till you win”. Kesiah has won several awards and titles since.
Kesiah was born with unilateral clubfoot and moderate hearing loss. She had to wear corrective braces for a year and both ears are currently aided.
Kesiah is currently in her 3rd year in Health Studies at York University aspiring to be a Physician’s Assistant. She is inspired by her parents and older brother, who are all nurses. She works every summer at a bank to help finance her dreams.
Raised in a close knit and religious family, Kesiah learned at an early age not to be judgmental and dislikes stereotyping. She believes in equal opportunity and treatment for everyone. She also believes in sharing her blessings by volunteering in fund raising activities for the underprivileged. She gives them support and respect. She remains a good role model and a proud mentor for aspiring young models.
The Miss Continente Americano finals will take place on September 29th. we wish her the best of luck. We know Canada is well represented!!!