Kingston beauty Rileigh Smith competes at Miss World Canada

Rileigh Smith, pictured here on the Kingston Tour Trolley, is representing Kingston at the Miss World Canada pageant held in Toronto this week until Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Photo by Erin Matthias Photography.

Kingston-born and raised biracial beauty, Rileigh Smith, is competing this week for the Miss World Canada crown, with the final competition held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

“I’ve been preparing for this for a while now,” Smith said. “For the past few days, there’s been different challenges, like a quick interview session, a fitness challenge, a swimwear, and a gown competition.”

Smith explained that, during the pandemic, she retained an injury being a student athlete at Laurentian University and was a little bit “discouraged” while staying home and doing school online.


“Someone recommended I look into this pageant. I’ve heard it brings a lot of opportunities and experiences,” Smith said, noting that while she wasn’t sure of joining at first, she realized there was a greater purpose to the pageant other than “boosting your confidence and meeting other women”.

Miss World Canada candidate Rileigh Smith from Kingston not only participates in varsity athletics and philanthropy, she is also an equestrian instructor. Photo by Erin Matthias Photography.


“There’s actually a ‘beauty with a purpose’ involved with it. I’m a part of a not-for-profit organization [called] Emancipation Festival. I’ve decided to branch off of that, and reach out to more youth and still be involved with basketball and make a program surrounded by that.”

“I’m biracial—having a dad who’s Black, and being sort of an outsider, being financially limited—I’d like to give back and give more opportunity for children, and give Canada the representation it needs.” – Rileigh Smith


Smith admits to being nervous as this is her first pageant, and that it is more nerve-wracking compared to performing in athletics.

“I’ve met some amazing people,” Smith said of the other 40 contestants, ranging in age from 17 to 26 years old. “It’s been exciting, I’m always on my toes every day, for sure. In the past few months, [the pageant] has brightened up my life.”

Smith said that, if she were to win this weekend, she would like to focus on diversity in sports. “I’m biracial—having a dad who’s Black, and being sort of an outsider, being financially limited—I’d like to give back and give more opportunity for children, and give Canada the representation it needs.”

Allison Turnbull, Smith’s mother, said that her daughter “has a beauty with a purpose to help families of colour, Indigenous Peoples and those financially challenged to have access to basketball camps”.

Miss World Canada is the official preliminary to the Miss World pageant, which remains the oldest, largest, and the most prestigious pageant in the world, according to the website. Miss World Canada is committed to giving back to communities and, each year, they support different charities across Canada.

The winner of the Miss World Canada 2021 pageant will go on to represent Canada in the Miss World final competition to be held in Puerto Rico on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

Those in Kingston who want to help Rileigh Smith get to the top 20 and become the “People’s Choice” can do so by casting votes online until Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. Members of the public are allowed to vote multiple times, as often as they’d like. Those interested can vote at https://catchthecrown.com/pageant/miss-world-canada-2021

Miss World Canada candidate Rileigh Smith is on a basketball scholarship at Laurentian University pursuing a degree in education. Pictured here in the retro phone booth at the Tourist Information Centre, Smith calls Kingston home. Photo by Erin Matthias Photography.


For more information about Miss World Canada, visit https://missworldcanada.net/

0 Shares

Leave a Reply