Hometown: Whitby, ON
Languages: English, French
Occupation: Student at Carleton University (Sociology)
Grace Diamani was born in Quebec City but raised in Ontario and, is the last of 6 children. She grew up not only in a big family but in a multicultural environment. As a result, she naturally likes to be around people and mostly learn about different cultures and their social issues. In fact, one of the many social issues that is dear to her heart is violence against women and children. In DR Congo, her country of origin, rape and violence against women are used as weapons of war. This inspired her to pursue a degree in Sociology at Carleton University in hopes of one day being able to counsel those in needs and work towards finding better ways to handle social conflicts.
Although she is a still a student, Grace’s passion for fashion and modelling not only got her to work in fashion retail but also got her to book a few jobs here and there in the industry. One of her most memorable moments was when she was named Miss Grand Canada 2018 and got to travel to Myanmar to represent the country in the international competition. It was an opportunity of a lifetime which perfectly correlated with her love of travel. Her most recent trip was to Mexico. Whenever possible, she likes to explore the world and connect with people to discuss diversity, self-empowerment, refine her knowledge of exotic teas or even debate about Marvel movies!
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Besides modelling, I love dabbling in a bit of photography when I have the chance. I am mostly interested in snapping shots of unique details and colours that happen to catch my eye. I also really enjoy painting with water colours and drawing and drawing with charcoal. I have recently really gotten into poetry. Rupi Kaur has quickly become one of my favourite poets.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Back in elementary school, I was part of the school choir for a few years. I have always been passionate about music and singing, however it is something I’ve preferred doing on a personal level.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
When I was very young, I played soccer for a little bit. I also did Track & Field my last two years of high school.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
I would have to say that all 5 of my siblings have had a significant influence in my life. Being the youngest, I feel that I have learned so many valuable things from each one of them, that I still carry with me today.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
One of my proudest moment would have to be when I was named Miss Grand Canada 2018. It was the first pageant I had ever competed in that left such a positive impact on me, so it will forever hold a special place in my heart and memory.
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 have been told that the most interesting thing about me would be my admiration for learning about different cultures and my passion for equality
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to help give a voice to those who feel like they have none. I work at The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, as their receptionist. Working at the forefront of such an organization has given me the opportunity to witness various situations. That being said, it has only reinforced my decision about getting into counselling. I am currently studying Sociology at Carleton University and hope to use my degree to one day help counsel and give support to women/men/children who are in abusive relationships.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would be to pursue a career in modelling and to use that platform to promote self-empowerment for young girls.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born in Ste. Foy, Québec, but raised in Ajax & Whitby, Ontario. I would say that my childhood was very eventful and always full of excitement. I am the youngest of 6 kids: 5 girls and 1 boy. So there was never a dull moment in our household!
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I think the most interesting job I have had was when I worked at Teavana (which can now be found at Starbucks). It was really shocking to me when i found out how much there was to learn about tea. From its origins to its health benefits. Working there really changed my view on teas and how I drink it.
List any volunteering you have done.
I have volunteered to help out at fundraisers for charities in the past.
What is your most unusual talent?
I think my most unusual talent would be that I can read things that are upside down.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
I love travelling! It’s one of the things that I wish I could do more often. So far, one of the most interesting places that I have traveled to would be Myanmar. It is such a beautiful country and the people are so welcoming and eager to teach you about their culture. I would have to say that South Korea is another place that I really enjoyed visiting. I have been there a few times now, as one of my sister’s teachers English there, and am always intrigued by each visit. One of my favourite places to go to is the Boseong Green Tea Fields in Jeollanam-do. Such a beautiful and refreshing sight.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In 10 years I hope to have left an impact in whatever I will be doing, and continue to excel in that field. I hope to be raising a family. I hope that I will be able to say that I was the first African Canadian to win Miss Universe Canada and open the doors for girls like me. 10 years is far but I pray and hope that I would have made a positive difference in even one person’s life.