Aldergrove woman sets sights on Miss Universe

Venessa Facciotti of Aldergrove is aiming for the Miss Universe title. - Submitted photo
Venessa Facciotti of Aldergrove is aiming for the Miss Universe title.
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A young Aldergrove woman has set her sights on representing Canada at this year's Miss Universe pageant in Brazil.

Venessa Facciotti has been selected as a finalist for the Miss Universe Canada 2011 Pageant that will be held in Toronto in May. If she is judged as Canada's best representative, Facciotti travels to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Miss Universe pageant on Sept. 12.

Facciotti is currently a student at UBC in the real estate division with the goal of becoming a mortgage broker, and has already secured a position as a sub-mortgage broker for Dominion Lending, Langley office.

"I love this beautiful city and want to help promote local businesses which help make Langley the best place to be," said Facciotti.

"I have grown up here, I know all the streets, the best places to eat, and I know the most amazing people who live here. I enjoy organizing and participating in community events like charity runs and helping to coach basketball in the schools. In my free time I enjoy training my puppy right now so she will be able to work with me as a volunteer at the Langley Memorial Hospital. I enjoy working out and socializing, as well."

Facciotti is also currently seeking sponsors and supporters to help her defray the expenses involved in the Miss Universe competition. For information regarding sponsorships, contact Venessa Facciotti at email:

Contestants from more than 80 countries will travel to Brazil for almost a month of activities leading up to the live telecast. They will be judged in three categories — swimsuit, evening gown and interview — as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2011. This is first time in its 60-year history the Miss Universe contest will be held in Brazil.

Mexicana, Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, Navarrete has traveled the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research, and legislation. The next Miss Universe will continue this work.

Pageant owner Donald J. Trump, NBC Universal and Miss Universe Organization president Paula M. Shugart have announced that the glamorous live event, featuring the most beautiful women in the universe, will air on NBC in the United States, with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Trump said, "Brazil is rapidly becoming an economic powerhouse and is a great place to do business. This decade, Brazil is hosting three of the greatest and most-watched worldwide events: the World Cup, the Summer Olympic Games and now, to kick it all off, Miss Universe."

For more information on the Miss Universe Canada pageant go to or call the B.C. director of the pageant, Connie C. deBoer, at 604-696-6296.

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