From the beautiful city of Tehran, Iran comes a beauty queen with heart & a purpose to conquer! Let's unfold this fairytale story.
Stage Name: Pegah Donna
Home Town: Toronto (Canada)
Entreprise: Assia event management
An inspiring story of a little girl dreaming of becoming a super star at young and standing up for people and animal rights. She started her career as a young model with big dreams, who later worked as a Radio VJ; and later on eventually, she hosted her own TV show and obtained an event management degree which led her to owing her own event planning company. Now she stands as a bright young entrepreneur with multiple Beauty Queen crowns. Pegah’s story has just started. We had the honour to interview her today!
Pegah Donna, is more than just a BEAUTY QUEEN with several crown titles. She is full of determination, courage, and possesses a true quality of Queen. born in Tehran, Iran she was exposed to a very different upbringing. she experienced traumatic childhood due to War Where she was picked up from rubbles of war attack she faced losing many of her loved ones, and parent who had overcame a PTSD. Pegah had experienced poverty conditions with no hope for tomorrow living in a refugee camp. As a little girl , she was always hopeful to aspire greatness and thrive to excellence without holding back due to life obstacles.
She has turned her painful days into a beautiful growth. Now as a successful entrepreneur, Beauty Queen with several crown titles, and owning her Event management company (Assia event management). Regardless of what life had brought to her she managed to stay positive and Graceful. This is truly a character of Queen and phenomenal young women. I do hope her story today inspired you in any shape or form. May God continues to bless her with more. Like the quote by Audrey Hepburn says:
“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring ~that she lovingly gives; the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Queen Pegah Donna, we are honoured to have you as our guest feature story this week on NEECEE LEXY. Without prolong due, let's get to the interview, shall we?
Welcome Ms Donna, please tell us about yourself and how you started your work as Radio video, Host, modelling)
I was born in the beautiful country of Iran (Tehran) and came to Canada with my family at the age of 11. It didn't take long for me to learn English but it took a little longer to make friends. We moved a lot around the city and one of the neighborhoods we moved to wasn't as ethnic as it is now; my school had less students from other cultural backgrounds. I was bullied often by the kids there and it was a little difficult but even as a child, I was a hard cookie and had a tough skin. I knew what I wanted to be and what I had to do, I totally stood up for myself and didn't let the bullying ruin who I was. I was so passionate about being in the entertainment industry (acting/ modeling) and helping people and animals since I can remember. I was so young and would pretend I was a famous actress doing good deeds for people.
I started modeling at a young age doing local fashion shows and prints. Shortly after, I was getting a lot of job offers and that was when my parents decided I should stop before work affects my education and drains me out. Years later, I got back to it and continued with fashion shows, prints, promo work, music videos and featured car shows. I was one of the original Toronto Dymes featured in their calendar. I also had my own Satellite TV show for about 2 years called "The E Show with Pegah Donna". It was crazy, People started to recognize me in the streets and follow what I was doing. I enjoyed it a lot but felt like I was missing something so I stopped once again this time to figure out what I was missing and to take a break.
What did you during that period when you stopped your TV show?
I went back to school doing event management and opened my own event planning business specializing mostly in weddings. I started to follow my heart by getting involved with helping animals and people in need...I started to study with some great acting coaches and got back in the game again. I was doing a part-time Persian TV show on Rogers TV called "Persian Magazine" and started to co-host a radio show called "The Confunksion show." I was the only female on the show at the time working with some amazing known DJs and hosts. My radio personality alias was "Princess" and that was given to me by the listeners, votes, and the other radio hosts.
Building Her Empire in Heart of City of Toronto
After time, my schedule started to get busy with my event planning business, combined with modeling. Unfortunately at the same time, I was losing one of my best friends to cancer so I took some time off and stopped doing the show. A lot of callers thought something bad had happened to me but it was just timing. My radio team had always told me to come back when I felt ready but unfortunately I haven't had the chance (yet).
As my event planning business started to grow and become more successful I continued with modeling, doing ads, promos, shows...this time I was doing local plays too. I was approached by someone in 2010 to get involved in a very small pageant; I did it and earned second place. Once again,I was approached while out one time to do one of the Miss Hooters bikini pageants where I placed 3rd place runner up. I wanted to continue with pageants and get into fitness shows but I wasn't sure how to go about it myself....during that time, I was requested and featured as the Sunshine Girl a few times followed by being selected for their calendar. One of my social media fans messaged me and suggested that I should go for Miss Exotica 2014 - I did and placed 1st runner up.
Photo credits: Billy Archos
I completely felt blessed and enjoyed every moment but wasn’t sure if I was going to do another one. Then I was suggested by a photographer friend to enter Miss Honda Indys, I looked it up, decided to do the competition and placed 2nd runner up. Therafter, I competed for Miss Chin and Miss Carribean Canada bikini competitions in 2015 and placed 2nd runner up for both...I was so happy double winning...it was then that I knew I wanted to continue working with pageants but I couldn't do any others till my crowning was over in 2016 with Miss Caribbean Canada but ended up doing one local one for Miss Active Toronto where I was crowned 1st place....doing all the different pageants lead to Ms. CTC Pageant in which I was crowned for the 2017 Ms. Canada's Top Choice Queen...I was over the moon. I'm still happily reigning till August 4th, 2018 where I will be crowning the new contestants at the famous Fairview Theater.
When did you start getting involved in pageant shows? I stared in 2010
Who inspired you to enter pageant?
To be honest, I've always been modeling but getting involved in pageants started by someone approaching me and I fell in love with continuing to get involved in them.
What is your go to fashion tips as a beauty pageant?
My go-to tip is definitely shiny lips along with a big smile. I also love long, flowing dresses with great sexy heels.
Photo credits: White Swim wear by Jack Boland
What is(are) your favourite (s) pageant experience(s) and why?
Meeting so many amazing strong women, making some forever friends who share the same passion, and having my family there is so special to me. Getting involved with the community, helping with great causes and doing fundraisers are always great rewarding experiences.
Photo credits: by Billy Archos
You’ve been crowned multiple time as Beauty Queen congratulation on that. What have you gained the most from these entire experiences?
Thank you so much. I've gained so many beautiful experiences. Being more understanding of myself and growing and becoming a strong woman, how to carry myself, how to speak in public in front of a crowd, and now not to judge other women but to love and respect them regardless of being in a competition. I started to see other women as sisters rather than competitors. As confident as I've always been, pageants have boosted my confidence even higher. I am comfortable with criticism about me and being judged.