“I just can’t believe it,” says Mercedes, who is fluent in French, Spanish and English. “I feel like all of my dreams have come true. I don’t believe that any of this is happening, I feel like I’m going to wake up because I’m in a dream!”
She is definitely not dreaming. Coming in first runner up at the Miss Latina Canada, Quebec regional competition, Yajaira placed as first runner, and was pleasantly surprised that her position awarded her the opportunity to represent “la belle province”, along with winner Judith Martinez. Out of 30 women from across Canada, Yajaira’s grace, poise, and articulation made her a favorite amongst the judges.
Born in San Victor, Dominican Republic Yajaira Mercedes is an esthetician and cosmetician that has been dreaming of breaking into the world of modeling and fashion. Mercedes is a Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Montreal.
With a busy year ahead of her, she will be in Miami, Florida in both October and December to participate in Miss Latina International Supermodel, as well as a special guest for the Parade of Costumes. Mercedes will also visit Hollywood, California to study Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios. Among the many guest appearances across Canada that she will make, Yajaira will be a special guest at the Toronto Pride Parade, Caribana Festival, and both the Puerto Rican and Dominican Day Parade’s in New York city.
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ES Team Entertainment Group is the umbrella corporation of ES Team Productions, producers of Miss Latina Canada the annual modeling competition, Miss Latina Canada: The Reality Series and Queen of the Continents; ES Team Model & Talent Management; ES Team Television producers of The HotSpot; Blue Sankfoa Inc. and Sky Productions.
To date the company has won the 2006 International Directors of the Year Award and have been inducted into World Model Association and the 2006 and 2008 Who's Who of International Professionals, nominated for the 2009 Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Business Women of the Year and presented with a scroll from the Mayor of Montreal for outstanding national work on uniting the Latin Canadian community. They have additionally been recognized with many political and business accolades for their contributions to Latin American recognition in Canada.