“Becoming the first-ever Miss Teen International Canada has been an arduous but rewarding journey,” Samriddhi recalls. “I had extreme eczema when I was 6 years old, covering my entire arms and legs.
Samriddhi Singh is a 19-year-old South-Asian actress, self-love educator, and national pageant titleholder based in Vancouver, BC. She began hosting self-love workshops at 14. In the same year, she won the Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2017, and she was featured in a media blitz. Her determination for a positive change brought her to the Miss Teen Canada stage, winning the title of 1st Runner-Up Miss Teen Canada 2020. Since then, she has played the antagonist in a children’s feature film, signed with an acting agency, and graduated with her film acting diploma. She also recently appeared in a popular Netflix series, crowned Miss Personality BC 2022, and Miss Teen International Canada 2022 because of her passion for empowering women. She will be representing Canada at Miss Teen International this August in Ecuador. “Becoming the first-ever Miss Teen International Canada has been an arduous but rewarding journey,” Samriddhi recalls. “I had extreme eczema when I was 6 years old, covering my entire arms and legs. It was excruciatingly painful, leaving scarring. It was brutal as a child since I was measuring my worth based on external beauty. I thought I wasn’t worthy of love, respect, or success if I didn’t look a certain way—purported by social media. Whenever I scrolled on social media or watched tv, I didn’t see myself represented. No one had eczema, acne, or was any less than perfect. I thought of giving up on my dream of being an actress. However, my passion and love for acting were so strong that I knew there had to be another way.”
“Change starts from within. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with love and respect, and watch how the world starts treating you the same way.
Samriddhi came to a reckoning. She began working on her confidence and loving her body for its flaws. By saying positive words to herself every day, her eczema healed. “Our brains are so powerful that they start believing what you think and say, especially between the ages of 11-15. Thus, I made it my mission to educate youth on the importance of confidence and self-love in achieving success. For the past five years, I’ve been hosting Empowerment Workshops for girls/women across women’s centers, online platforms, and BC schools. These workshops have become an incredible resource for improving youth mental health in our community.”
Samriddhi wanted to change the industry’s beauty standards and make them more inclusive. Getting involved in pageantry was always about providing representation for others with eczema instead of just winning a fancy crown and title. “I’ve held the titles of Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2017, 1st Runner-Up Miss Teen Canada 2020, Miss Personality BC 2022, and my latest/biggest title Miss Teen International Canada 2022. I wasn’t allowed to be a model five years ago because of my scars and height.”
Now, Samriddhi is walking in fashion shows and represents the 38 million people of Canada at Miss Teen International. It’s a dream come true representing Canada, her South-Asian heritage, and body positivity on the international stage. “To those reading this, let my story be a reminder that you are never too young to create change,” she emphasizes. “Change starts from within. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with love and respect, and watch how the world starts treating you the same way. Success will follow if you’re passionate about your goals; no one can take it away from you. But to do good for others, to spread love, you need to love yourself unconditionally first. It’s not about being selfish. It’s about understanding and respecting your own worth.”
Samriddhi’s journey to international wouldn’t be possible without the constant support of her family, friends, and incredible sponsors. When choosing which businesses to partner with, she focuses on businesses that share the same values as hers. “I thank my sponsors, Craft Academy Salon, MsHoneyco Fashion, PHNX Cosmetics, Sophia Lia Mag, and Mystical Awakenings, for believing in me. Another big thank you to Sophia Lia, the director of Miss Teen International Canada, for providing me with this beautiful opportunity.”
If you own a business and are interested in sponsoring Samriddhi’s journey to internationals in return for exposure, please do not hesitate to reach out. For any inquiries about sponsorships, media requests, or workshop details, she can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Instagram @samisinghofficial.