Hi everyone! My name is Clara Chemtov. I’m 17 years old, I’m from Montreal, and I’m Miss Teenage Quebec 2020. This is my first time having a title and I’m really excited! Before we get into all of that, though, here’s a bit about me.

Photo: Tommy Levan

Anyone who knows me knows that I love dancing. Dance has been a part of my life since I was two years old, but I only became serious about it in high school. Last year, my best friend and I made the big decision to study dance in Cégep, which is Quebec’s post-secondary institution before university. In the year leading up to this moment, we were fortunate enough to participate in stages with some of Quebec’s leading contemporary companies, including Trip the Light Fantastic, with whom we were included in the premiere of a brand new work.

Music also plays an instrumental role in my life (pun intended). Both of my parents are musicians, so I was exposed to a wide variety of instruments from an early age. I discovered the flute in high school and instantly fell in love. I currently play in two different community concert bands! In addition to the flute, I also love to sing. I was in my school choir for five years, and this is where I developed an interest in a cappella music. From there, I started arranging and recording a cappella versions of my favourite songs, and even made a Christmas album!

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade!

So honoured to play the feature solo!

I’ve always loved having a unique sense of fashion. I enjoy creating funky outfits and was known for my “costumes” on Free Dress Days, because they usually involved real lights. I discovered early on that this was a way to improve my confidence and make people smile, and I was happy to do it.

This love of fashion also led me to my first job. I am a part-time stylist for a local dress store, and it’s my pleasure and privilege to help clients find what will make them feel their best. I also got to model for them!

Photo: Boutique 1861

Photo: Boutique 1861

In the fall, I decided to sign up for the Miss Teenage Quebec qualifiers because I was looking for a new way to step out of my comfort zone. I didn’t know what to expect and was ecstatic to find myself named Miss Teenage Quebec. I’ve always been an involved volunteer, whether through my high school or my synagogue youth group, and I’m really excited for this opportunity to become even more active in my community. I’m also very grateful for the voice I’ve been given, so that I can raise awareness for eating disorders.

That’s a little bit about me! Stay tuned for my pageant story! -Clara

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