VIDEO: Local Woman Named Miss International Canada

A Windsor woman is Miss International Canada.

Marta Stepien finished first runner-up and was named Miss International Canada at last weekend's Miss Universe Canada competition in Toronto. The St. Clair College student will now head to Tokyo, Japan later this month for the Miss International competition.

Stepien says she advanced to the competition after placing in the top five in the local competition back in September.

"The top five girls moved on to the national pageant so I ended up placing first runner up which gave me the title of Miss International Canada so after this I'm going to be moving on to the Miss International Competition in Tokyo, Japan."  

I'm still so overwhelmed with emotions. I'm so happy to have placed 1st runner up at the #MissUniverseCanada2017 #pageant... to get the ?? #MissInternationalCanada2017 ?? title that same night was the cherry on top that I wasn't expecting! A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED GET ME HERE!! @sonnyborrelli @chelsae22 for coaching me, @_alyssaboston @denisegarridoofficial @therealolawumi for your patience and help with *everything* throughout #PageantWeek, #GinoBerti and Christina for the dance coaching (and yelling??), all of the sponsors, my mom, Erica, @chronicles_of_radek and his parents for the love and support, @roadtomissusa for the video and love... the list goes on. I love you all and owe you a huge thank you. This was one crazy journey, and I'm ready for the next chapter at an international level now. ????? THANK YOU! This wouldn't have been possible without all of you!!! ???????????? I am SO PROUD to be representing Canada next month in Tokyo at #MissInternational. Tune in on November 14th. ????????????

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Stepien says she's been modelling for about nine years, but this was her first time competing in a pageant.

"I didn't really realize how much effort goes into beauty pageants. It's a lot more then what you just see on stage for sure but overall it was an incredible experience and I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, ambitious, intelligent women," says Stepien.

She says her roommate during the competition, Lauren Howe, was named Miss Universe Canada.

"When I heard my name called as first runner-up, my initial reaction was just so happy for my roommate Lauren Howe who ended up winning the actual competition because I know how much she wanted it and it just made me so happy to see her with tears in her eyes and just so glad she had won." 

Stepien will be competing against 70 women at the Miss International competition.

The competition takes place on November 14.