Majd Soudi

Age: 26 | Height: 5’6″
Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Majd earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Illustration in 2009. She is currently a children’s illustrator, her body of work already includes 8 children’s books, with more in the works!

She is well on her way in establishing herself as a prominent figure in the world of children’s illustration. She is also working on pursuing her other passion of Interior Design.

Maintaining a healthy active lifestyle is really important to her.

She is a step instructor, and enjoys running, cycling, and indoor climbing.  Other interests include traveling, photography, and of course spending time with her friends and family.

Majd believes that we are here to make a difference in this world.

Breaking moulds and changing stereotypes is her way of leaving an imprint. Anything is possible once you put your mind to it.

This pageant will allow her to finally be able to make the change she’s always known she was meant to make in this world, on a bigger scale.

Sponsored by: Family and Friends.

Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).

Arabic and English

What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Maintaining a healthy active lifestyle is really important to me. I am a former Les Mills Step Instructor for Goodlife Fitness (currently off for traveling purposes) I enjoy running, cycling, kickboxing and indoor rock climbing.  Other interests include traveling, photography, meditating, and of course spending time with my friends and family.

List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.) 

I earned my Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Illustration and I am currently freelancing as a children’s illustrator.

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why? 

I believe that every person we cross paths with in this life is a teacher. Whether through love or hurt, everyone we meet teaches us something.

However, I think that my friend Paralympian Josh Cassidy has had the most influence on my life. Being around him has taught me that nothing in this life is impossible, that with every adversity is an equal or greater outcome. He always says: “Just know what you want, and Do it”.

I know I want this, so I am doing it.

What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)? 

Besides participating in this pageant, I’m very proud of the Eight books I’ve illustrated during the past Four years. Getting positive feedback and seeing people’s reactions to them never gets old.

However, on a personal level I have got to say that sponsoring 11-year-old Tapu from Bangladesh is my proudest accomplishment so far!

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you? 

I’m a constantly evolving person, always changing. And that constant change comes hand in hand with the change of interests, likes, and dislikes. I am not the same person I was a year ago, and I most definitely won’t be the same person a year from now. I can never predict where my inner voice leads me. But I trust it, and I’m always looking forward to the journey ahead.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal? 

I’m a very creative person that seeks to achieve balance in everything I do in life. My career is no exception, it needs to help me evolve as a spirit, yet lets me contribute to the people around me in a creative, light, and fulfilling way. Being a part of Miss Universe Canada will get me that much closer to attaining a fulfilling, creative career, that allows me to make the difference I’m meant to do during my lifetime, on a much bigger scale than through my individual effort.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

Since I’m a constantly evolving person, my “dream job” tends to evolve with me. So I can’t really narrow it down to one particular thing. However, what all my “dream jobs” had and will always have in common is: Creativity, Fulfillment, and a Purpose. Balancing myself and what’s around me is a key element in whatever it is I do now and will do in the future.

Are you currently employed?

Yes

If yes, what is your occupation?

I’m currently a freelance children illustrator. And a Senior Graphic Designer at an advertising agency.

Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.

I was blessed to have the childhood I had. It was filled with love, support, and travel. I come from a loving family of four. They are my source of strength as I am theirs. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for them. I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan, yet spent most of my Summer and Christmas breaks here in Canada. My fondest childhood memories are equally split between these two countries I call “Home”. Being exposed to both the Eastern and Western Worlds at such an early age, I was able to see the beauty in both of these Worlds. The culture, the nature, the people. All the things that made them so similar yet so unique. Bridging the gap between these two worlds, and enabling people to see how similar we all really are, is something I am very adamant on achieving in my life. Miss Universe Canada is the perfect platform for that.

List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.

I consider illustrating children’s books to be a pretty interesting career. The reactions, and seeing people’s faces light up never gets old. I also worked as a Step Instructor at Good Life Fitness.

Being on stage was the complete opposite of sitting in my studio illustrating by myself all day. Loved the contrast and challenges they both brought into my life.

List any volunteering you have done.

I volunteered at a couple of fitness conventions during the summer to raise money for Charity, as well as donating art pieces for charitable silent auctions.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Going to Beijing, China for the 2008 Paralympic Games definitely holds a special place in my heart. A trip overflowing with culture, excitement, amazing energy, and very dear company. It is one trip that will always hold a special place in my heart.

However, two days before finding out that I got accepted into MUC I was all packed and ready to go on a 3 month self exploring Journey to Thailand, Bali, and India. Though that plan was unhesistantly put on hold, it is something that is definitely still on my To Do list.

Looking forward to immerse myself in their rich cultures and learn all about it…I’ll keep you updated!

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?

This is a question that I honestly could never answer for one reason. I’m constantly evolving and so are my interests, and my goals. However, I read the Law of Attraction a few months ago. And I decided to have 2012 be my “experimental” year. A Dream, Believe, Live. Kind of year. And being here is a huge proof that this works. And it actually is pretty magical.

So though I can’t tell you exactly where I will be in 10 years, I can with all certainty tell you that I will be exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, and getting that much closer to fulfilling my life’s purpose, whatever it is. I won’t stop till i find my “Niche”.

The thing that maintains a balance between my spiritual self and physical self. Can’t wait to find it.

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