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Johnson preparing for ‘the big time’

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When Annissa Johnson was named the regional Miss Hawaiian Tropic here July 23, she was thrilled. But now, she’s getting ready for an even bigger event Aug. 16 when she will be a vying for the national title in Laval, Que.

“I’m very excited,” said Johnson, who recently received the details about the trip and competition.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for her,” noted Carla Hanzuk, Annissa’s sister. “It takes a lot of courage. I can’t stress enough that it’s a great confidence booster for her.

“Plus, she’ll get to see a nice part of the country,” she added.

Johnson has a lot of packing to do, as she will need sportswear, casual wear, and bathing suits (one and two-piece), all of which she must supply herself. But she is looking for any local sponsors. So far, she’s gotten unlimited tanning for the week from Tracey’s Hair Studio.

Leaving from Winnipeg on Friday, she will arrive in Laval where she will meet the 20 other contestants at the orientation session.

Saturday, the contestants will go to an aqua-park for a photo shoot.

“At the end of the competition, all the contestants will receive portfolios put together by professional photographers, if you want to do any modeling or that,” Johnson explained, adding they also were going to a luau.

But Sunday’s the big day, as Johnson will have to prove herself against others. In a competition similar to the one at the Rainy Lake Hotel last month, the events will include a casual wear, sportswear, swimsuit and evening gown competition, as well as a “question period,” to test the contestants speaking skills and spontaneity.

If she is one of the top four finalists, she will advance to the Hawaiian Tropic International finals next spring.

She also would receive several trips to tropical destinations, as well as a designer wardrobe, and many other prizes.

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