Age: 25 | Height: 5’10″ Hometown: Mississauga
Andrea was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1987. This was a pivotal time in the separation of the former Yugoslavia that uprooted many families, including Andrea’s to Belgrade, Serbia and eventually Mississauga, Ontario.
Having not spoken a word of English upon her arrival, Andrea was fluent after only 3 months! As an energetic, positive, and charismatic child, she found herself interested in dancing, acting, and modeling.
Andrea dreamed of being a performer, which led her to attend Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Arts. She would later live out that dream on a variety of stages, including TV series, commercials, print campaigns, and modeling for runway shows during Toronto Fashion Week.
Although Andrea loves modeling and acting, you can tell she has the whole package by her educational achievements. Andrea holds a degree from the University of Toronto, in political science and a diploma from Sheridan College for Digital Communications and is currently working toward getting her Canadian Securities Certification.
While she continues to pursue modeling and acting as a hobby, Andrea is also working for an online advertising company in downtown Toronto. An ambitious young professional, Andrea strives to one day run a business of her own.
Her love of travel has led her to explore over a dozen countries, and she plans to visit all eight wonders of the world; she’s already crossed two off her list!
Andrea gladly welcomes the unknown and unfamiliar and looks forward to tackling any challenge that comes her way!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK1cFImkLL0 Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language): Serbian and English What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most? I would consider myself to be very adventurous. I think it’s healthy to step out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you every once in a while. I love to challenge myself, so last summer I started learning how to ride a motorcycle! I am a complete foodie, whether I am cooking at home or out for dinner somewhere new. My love for travel has taken me to over a dozen countries, where I try to live like a local while taking pictures of the scenery and architecture the whole way. List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.) Audition Workshop with Sevag Savgherian/Impact Casting On Camera Audition Techniques with Gloria/Steven Mann Communication Workshop at Second City Dance (Hip Hop) with Sean Byfield Dance (Jazz) with Laura Furtado In what sports, if any, have you participated? Skiing (downhill and cross country), swimming, tennis, volleyball (beach + indoor), ice skating, biking, soccer, rollerblading, badminton, basketball, baseball, rock climbing, sailing, water skiing, fishing, canoeing Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why? My aunt has had the most influence on me. Being a war widow, she has been faced with many obstacles in her life that she has overcome with a positive attitude. She is a strong woman who taught me to always be thankful for what I have, remain positive no matter what life throws at you, and keep pushing forward! What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)? Growing up, my parents taught me that independence and intelligence are the two most important things a woman can possess. Following their advice, I made it my priority to finish University and become self-sufficient as early as possible. I paid for both my University degree and College diploma out of my own pocket. Going through that experience taught me the value of a dollar and better prepared me for the real world. The level of satisfaction I felt when I graduated was indescribable!! What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you? Every time I talk about someone I haven’t seen for a long time, they have a weird way of coming back into my life shortly thereafter. I must have a strong, magnetic energy! What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal? My career ambition is to turn my passion for fashion into a career. I think I’m well on my way to accomplishing this goal with a big head start having been involved with fashion and modeling for many years. I am working for an online marketing company right now, where I am learning business and advertising fundamentals, as well as e-commerce. I plan on taking the knowledge and skills I have acquired and applying it to a position in the fashion industry. Eventually, I’d like to start my own online fashion business. What would be your “dream job” in life? My dream job would be to hold the title of Miss Universe. I feel that the ideal candidate is recognized for her beauty, intelligence and class equally, which are the things I value the most in myself, and women around me. It would give me the opportunity to represent my country, and be a positive role model for many women around the world. For me, being Miss Universe encompasses all my passions for beauty, education and leadership. Lastly, along with this amazing title, I would have a platform that I would feel privileged to use for raising awareness for various humanitarian issues and causes. Are you currently a student? Yes If yes, where? CSC Global Education Area of study: Canadian Securities Are you currently employed? Yes. If yes, what is your occupation? Campaign Manager Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like. I had an interesting childhood, having been born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia during a time of war and civil unrest. The war forced my family to move to Belgrade, Serbia when I was 5 and then, eventually, Mississauga, Ontario when I was 8. Despite the difficulty of having to move from country to country at a young age, it has instilled in me a desire to continue traveling and explore the world. Having been around a lot of different races, cultures, and religions, I learned to be understanding, respectful, and accepting of everyone around me. Through traveling, I gained a lot of independence and life experience in a short amount of time. These experiences have had a lasting impact on my life and have helped shape me into the person I am today. List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had. I did an on location photo shoot with the Toronto FC modeling men’s clothing by Bikkembergs. List any volunteering you have done. I volunteered for and non-profit organization called Women in Film and Television. Their goal is to provide tools and workshops for Canadian women in film and television to further their career. I’ve also participated in dozens of charity fashion shows in Toronto and all around the GTA. What is your most unusual talent? I can hula hoop for a very, very long time! Where is the most interesting place you have been to? I’ve been to a lot of great cities, but my favourite has to be Barcelona, Spain. It is a diverse cosmopolitan and a breathtaking oceanfront all in one city. Barcelona is filled with a ton of history and beautiful architecture like the Gaudi Buildings. There is so much energy along the waterfront with what seem like never-ending beaches and one of the busiest ports in the world. The seafood is incredible; this was where I fell in love with mussels and oysters! Yum! What do you hope to be doing in ten years? In 10 years, I hope to be living out my dream as a successful fashion entrepreneur. I see myself as a loving wife and mother, surrounded by a happy and healthy family. I hope to be a published author and inspire people with my life story, which is one of hard work, persistence, and positivity. Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked? I would like to thank the whole Miss Universe organization and the Miss Universe Canada staff that has been so incredibly patient and supportive. Thank you for this opportunity for allowing me to be a part of this unforgettable experience! BIG THANKS to my sponsors, family and friends for their endless love and encouragements, I could have done it with out you!!!!