Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Medical Aesthetician Student
Tasia Campbell is an ambitious, courageous and determined woman. Once she puts her mind to something, there’s no stopping her. She is born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, upon graduating high school she decided to move to Vancouver, BC to broaden her horizon. While in Vancouver, Tasia pursued her passion in the beauty industry and studied to become an Esthetician and Certificated Makeup Artist. Upon completion, she moved back to Calgary and continued pursing her studies at the Aveda Institute where she earned a Hairstyling Diploma and graduated with honors.
Since Tasia was a young girl she has always been passionate about fashion and aesthetics, and she recently decided to go back to school to become a Medical Esthetician. She is fascinated about how everyone’s skin has unique attributes; it being the largest organ of the human body, she believes having healthy skin helps to contribute to a longer, holistic lifestyle. Additionally, she understands the importance of healthy skin which helps individuals feel both empowered and confident.
Tasia enjoys meeting new people and helping them feel special about themselves anyway she can. She has volunteered as a hairstylist and makeup artist for fashion shows and fundraisers. Tasia now works as a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist. She is working towards pursuing her goal of owning and operating her very own salon and spa. Starting a business will provide her with the ability to share her passion with others, allowing her to mentor young women in regards to self-love, alongside caring for and appreciating their natural hair and skin, however diverse. This is a challenge Tasia has personally had to overcome, growing up in a society where curly hair and dark skin aren’t considered the standard of beauty. She hopes to educate and inspire the next generation to strive towards a more inclusive society, where the beauty standards have evolved and this is no longer the norm.
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
I’ve always loved performing – from learning a variety of different forms of dance, vocals & singing, modeling, and acting. Performance allows me to express myself in different ways, while simultaneously being pushed outside my comfort zone. I also enjoy doing yoga, which keeps me healthy and fit.
In my spare time, I love to focus on enriching my artistic abilities. This includes anything from new hairstylist techniques, nail designs, creative makeup looks, and even drawing fashion illustrations. I also like to try new food places with my friends. Lastly, I really enjoy playing with my two cats.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
I received drama, acting, modeling and different dance lessons (ballet, lyrical, & hip hop) throughout my childhood. I’ve taken professional singing lessons on and off for several years. Now I am also learning how to play piano as well. I am a certified makeup artist and aesthetician. I recently took personal development and communication classes to allow my communication skills to evolve, and to allow me to relate to others in a greater extent.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
From a young age, I actively participated in both dance and swimming classes. In junior high and high school I was always on the school dance teams. I was also on the swimming team in high school until I decided to dedicate my efforts to cosmetology.
Developing scoliosis as a teen, I have found staying active and living a healthy lifestyle has helped to prevent pain, discomfort, and stress on my body as well as giving me more energy.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
One person I’ve always admired growing up is Naomi Campbell. Amongst being one of the first black women to be crowned a “supermodel” she continues to break boundaries for Black women all over the globe. In 1988, she was the first black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue. In 1989, she became the first black model to land the September issue of American Vogue, the most sought-after cover of the year. Throughout her career, Naomi has spoken out against the racial bias that still exists in the fashion and beauty industry. Advocating with her fellow black colleagues, calling out high-profile designers who used just one or no models of color. Naomi is involved with several charitable causes. In 2009, she also became a goodwill ambassador for the “White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood”. I hope to break boundaries likewise, continuing to alter the beauty industry to be more well-rounded and inclusive.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
My proudest accomplishment was moving to Vancouver, BC by myself right after high school. I had never lived on my own yet and it was extremely challenging living so far away from my friends and family at that time in my life. I learned a lot about myself, how to be completely independent, developing a strength I didn’t know I had. It also opened my eyes to how different local cultures can vary across provinces and within cities
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 find I can easily connect with and understand a wide variety of people from different cultures, backgrounds, and languages. Working in the customer service industry from a young age I found that people seem to relate to me easily and feel relaxed in my presence. I always get stopped when I’m out and about and asked questions by individuals, even in different languages and somehow seem to be able to help them.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to become a self-employed business owner. Opening and operating a salon & spa that also educates young women on the importance of self-love and how to appreciate and care for their bodies. I would like to start a foundation that allows young girls to feel stay and heard, while instilling confidence and positive self-confidence. Currently, I am studying to obtain my Medical Esthetician Diploma while taking steps towards starting and promoting my own business. I’m also taking personal development courses to be my best self and improve my own knowledge on self-love skills and techniques.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job would allow me to travel to different countries, immersing myself into their culture, learning more about the world. I would subsequently share my knowledge and experience with others. Along the way, motivating, inspiring, and empowering young women to be independent and pursue their dreams. I have a strong entrepreneurial and business mindset so having my own company would give me creative freedom to implement change, sharing my personal philosophy on social equality, environmental factors, and the power of knowledge. Miss Universe Canada provides a once in a lifetime opportunity that provides me with a far-reaching platform to do so in a greater capacity.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born into a large family with lots of siblings and relatives. Although in being part of such a large family I haven’t gotten to know everyone as well as I wanted to, my family has always been there for one another and accepting of one another. I was born and raised in Calgary, AB and lived with my mother, older sister, and younger brother. Some of my best childhood memories are during the holidays, spending time with my siblings and cousins, and playing games such as hide-n-seek. As a child, seeing how hard my parents worked to provide for our family made me into the extremely hardworking and ambitious person that I am today.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I worked at Chuck-e-Cheese as a party host for kid’s birthdays. It was an interesting experience because, as a kid myself, I only visited the establishment on special occasions, but I had always had fun making lasting memories. Now all of a sudden, I was able to celebrate and take part in making memories for young kids on their special day. I was also able to experience some of the different cultural traditions of various birthday parties, witnessing diverse family aspects.
List any volunteering you have done.
- Aveda Walk for Water
- Makeup, fashion show to raise money for cancer research
- Terry Fox Run
What is your most unusual talent?
I can meow like at cat. I think it’s because I have two cats, I’ve always been good at mimicking tone.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
When I graduated high school, I was lucky enough to spend a month aboard in London, England with my best friend. Her older sister lives there with her family and welcomed me into her home with open arms. Till this day I still cherish all the memories and laughs we made there. I’ve always been into fashion and adore the look of European architecture, so the privilege of visiting somewhere that’s known for both their fashion and architecture was an amazing experience for me.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
In ten years, I want to be a successful business owner and have my own environmentally friendly and natural skincare line. Additionally, I want to have a have a foundation that helps educate young women about self-love, how to care for themselves both physically and mentally, while giving back to my community. I also see myself being a loving wife and mother.
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
All the ups and down I have faced in my life have made me resilient and into the woman you see today. It has taught me perseverance in pursuing my dreams and to celebrate every step along the way. Although I may live a lower middle-class lifestyle, I consider myself lucky every day to have grown up as a Canadian in a place free of war. It would be my privilege to become the next Miss Universe Canada and to represent Canada during the Miss Universe Pageant. As a titleholder, I will be able to raise awareness to multiple causes through the Miss Universe Canada’s platform, spreading knowledge and affecting people in a positive way while being a role model for young woman. I’m humbled for the opportunity to be a 2020 delegate and excited for what’s next to come.