Lucia Fuenmayor

22 | Height: 5’7″
St. Catherines, ON

As an outgoing, optimistic woman, Lucia Fuenmayor is a great person to be around, her drive, hard work, motivation, and determination has made her one of the top students in her class. She uses these characteristics to promote awareness on the importance of confidence, and self worth on young women.

Lucia believes on the significance the empowerment of women can have on a community, she believes that society cannot reach its full potential when women’s diversity, and ingenuity are not utilized to promote growth and development.

She finds that the one of greatest feeling an individual can ever feel is when one achieves something that at first seemed impossible. Lucia is currently studying Political Science and International Relations at Brock University, and hopes to become a lawyer some day.

Lucia has traveled abroad multiple times, this has taught her to value diversity, the importance of being a well rounded individual, and most importantly, the importance of education.

Lucia was born in Colombia, and moved to Canada at the age of 6. Canada has been her home for the past 15 years, and she is proud to call Canada her home for all the opportunities, and the quality of life it has given her.

Lucia is the oldest of four children, her sisters are best friends, they have taught her that family is truly indispensable and their unconditional love has moulded her to the person she is today.

Lucia loves to draw, and listen to music at the same time, she says that this is the greatest stress reliever!. Lucia also loves to stay active, she loves to dance, go to the gym, practice yoga, going rollerblading, and reading!, she believes that the best cure for any sickness is laughter. That is something she is always doing, she is always smiling. Lucia is a big advocator for education of nutrition for young children , as well as the importance of keeping an active life style, because one cannot work at full potential with out the nourishment of ones mind and body.

Lucia lives her life to the fullest, and does not let fear keep her from playing the game. She beliefs on the importance of life lessons; because just as the old cliché saying goes, everything really does happens for reason. “The barriers she has had to face along the way have motivated her to get back up and over come such difficulties stronger than ever before. Lucia believes that someone’s true humility and humbleness are demonstrated when one does not come in first ; because it is how failure is handled that  defines who one truly is.

Lucia’s hopes to bring about gender equality, and help the less fortunate not only here in Canada but abroad. Being born in a now developing country (Colombia) she has seen first hand what famine is all about, and hopes to use her power as a women to eradicate change to promote better living standards, and education.

She knows that life is all about growth and learning, so she takes on every day like if it were a new adventure. Lucia hopes to learn how to play the piano one day, and maybe even run a marathon!; she is a firm believer that it is never too late to make a dream come true, anything is possible if one truly gives keeps positive, and persistent.

If given the opportunity to become Miss Universe Canada 2013, she will use the resources, and platform to promote better living standards, education, nutrition and bring out public awareness on these issues.

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

I am fluent in both English and Spanish, but Spanish is my first language.

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

The things I enjoy doing the most is reading, running, sketching and doing yoga, travelling and trying new foods are by far favourite and my pure enjoyment!

In what sports, if any, have you participated?

I have participated in a variety of sports like: track and field, cross country, soccer, and volleyball!

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

One person who has been very influential in my life would have to be Eleanor Roosevelt because she was one of the first people who advocated and eradicated the movement for universal human rights which was then adopted by the United Nations.  I admire the fact that she was a simple woman who was able to make a huge difference that will forever impact the lives of people for years to come.

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

One of my proudest and personal accomplishments is being able to obtain one of the top spots in my program at Brock University. Education is very important to me so being recognized for my hard work and dedication is something I am really truly proud of.

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

One interesting thing about me is that I am obsessed with puzzles. What many people find frustrating, I find enjoyable :)

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

I hope to become a human rights lawyer someday, and hopefully work for the UN.  I am currently studying Political Science and International Relations at Brock University. This summer I will be writing my LSAT exam after months of preparation.

What would be your “dream job” in life?

My dream job would be to first love my job to the point that it does not feel like a job. This is why I hope to become a human rights lawyer so that I am able to help the most vulnerable in less developed countries, whose voices are often gone unheard.

Are you currently a student?

Yes I am currently a student, I attend Brock University for Political Science and International Relations.

Are you currently employed?

Yes I am currently employed, I am working a lovely ladies boutique in down town St Catharines called Houndstooth.

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

Part of my childhood was spent growing up in Colombia, accompanied by my family, playing outside with my neighbourhood friends and cousins. I spent most of my time exploring, I guess you could say that I was quite adventurous, seeing that my clothes were barely ever kept clean. When I moved to Canada I had a bit culture shock, not many kids played outside in St. Catharines, but I was happy to be accepted into the Canadian community. I was brought up with great family values, where family comes first above all, all these experiences have made me the person I am today , strong, independent, driven , loving and optimistic !

List any volunteering you have done.

I have volunteered at a number of places such as : Breakfast for Kids,  Wells for Hope, Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Catharines General Hospital.

What is your most unusual talent?

My unusual talent is that I am able to click my tongue very loud!

Where is the most interesting place you have been to?  

The most interesting place that I have ever been was Cabarete Dominican Republic, I have never seen so many ethnicities, and cultures in one place! There was little Italy, Dominican Republic, Haitians. Although this was a small place, it was big on diversity !

What do you hope to be doing in ten years?  

In 10 years I hope to be practising law, married and maybe with children. Hopefully I’ll be the philanthropic person I want to be but most importantly, I want to be happy !

How  important is education to you?

To me education is essential for the social development in society. Essentially beauty will fade, knowledge and wisdom on the other hand will last a life time, making a larger impact in the world.