Ottawa Model Reaches For The Stars From The Miss Universe Canada Runway

Ottawa model reaches for the stars from the miss universe canada runway
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Betsy Leimbigler
Sos Childrens Villages
Miss Universe Canada
Miss Universe
Shaun Marq
B.a.d Pr
Speak Now


Toronto - Ontario - Canada

June 12, 2011 - PRLog -- Canadian Model Betsy Leimbigler from Ottawa, Ontario is competing amongst 57 other finalists from across the country for a coveted shot at the Miss Universe Canada title, and ultimately the Miss Universe crown itself. At just 20 years old, Leimbigler completed her University degree this June with Honours in International Studies and Modern Languages (she speaks 5) and is doing her Master’s in Political Science at the University of Ottawa. She was selected nationwide as a Senate Page and Parliamentary Guide to work on Parliament Hill. Having also studied, lived and traveled across Asia, Europe and Canada Leimbigler is definitely a tough contender when it comes to this competition.

As part of her role and rigorous training as an MUC contestant, Leimbigler will be fundraising for charity and has organized a fashion and mini Miss Universe pageant for both Ottawa’s fashion elite and political figures. Leimbigler boasts an impressive background in charity work. Through her modeling agency Barrett Palmer and her personal dedication to community work, she has amassed a long resume that include various charities and organizations across Canada, and even received awards and scholarships for her efforts.

“I wanted to create a fashion component to fundraising. I was inspired by recent charity fashion events held in Ottawa such as the Walk the Truth charity show, and being a model, I knew that I was going to incorporate fashion to get people engaged.” The “It Takes A Runway” fashion event is being held to raise funds for SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that is dedicated to raising and supporting orphaned and abandoned children from around the world. Recently, a handful of previous year’s Miss Universe Canada finalists took a trip to Nicaragua to help inaugurate computer labs for orphans and volunteer their time with kids. “I am excited to be able to hand SOS Children’s Villages a cheque from all of the generous donations we will be receiving at the event and be able to contribute in a different way.”        

The event is being held in partnership with fashion/charity sponsor publicist Shaun Marq from B.A.D PR and SPEAK NOW and stylist Alison Hughes from AMH Style, and features clothing designs from Jana Hanzel and Emilia Torabi, as well as Jewellery from Mafia, Pish Posh, Leah Christina and Pica. Local fashionista Erica Wark will be emceeing, while Betsy will also play host to the evening and has created a mini pageant where she will model a gown and take Q and A from the attendees.

It Takes A Runway is being held next Wednesday June 15th from 6:30 -9:30 PM at AMH Style and the Guest Room at 1440 Wellington St Ottawa. Minimum donation will be $10 at the door and guests will enjoy sponsored food and drinks.

For more information or to schedule an interview with B.A.D PR or Betsy, contact Shaun at, or call 416.554.4594

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