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Miss Universe Canada 2012 Sahar Biniaz: generosity in beauty
By Thomas Terrio

Canada has offered the world much talent and celebrity. It’s a country built on different cultures, nationalities, and traditions from everywhere on Earth. A fine example of Canada’s diversity happened in 2012 when Sahar Biniaz was crowned Miss Universe Canada; and since then she has travelled throughout the world spreading Canadian goodwill and support in over 60 countries.

In her travels, Sahar has rubbed elbows with Prince Harry, Justin Bieber, and many other celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and Al Pacino. She has been seen in People Magazine, Hello Canada Magazine, and on Urban Rush―Vancouver’s lifestyle and entertainment show.

Sahar Biniaz was born in Bangalore, India to loving parents who immigrated to Iran and then to Canada in 1995, where she completed her elementary and high school education. With a diverse educational background in interior design and acting from the University of British Columbia and The Actors Foundry, she is more than qualified to contribute her thoughts and suggestions on global policies and issues.

Without reservation, Sahar has supported social causes such as Canada’s anti-bullying campaign, where she lended support to the family of Amanda Todd, the 15-year-old Vancouver teen who was a victim of cyber-bulling; Todd ended her own life by committing suicide at home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Sahar has spoken at length in local high schools about bullying, and can talk from personal experience on how it can affect every aspect of a person’s life; knowledge she has put to good use as a life coach for young women by helping them with career guidance and personal relationships.

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She has also championed the cause of children with cleft-lips and pallet, a rare disability that can be remedied by simple surgery. The organization is called Operation Smile, and Sahar travelled to Nicaragua for SOS Children’s Villages to hand-out personal computers, while opening a new school.

Don’t let Sahar’s beauty or ultra feminine mystique fool you. It takes courage to participate in the competitive field of pageants. She is a strong independent woman who is not afraid to face a challenge―like hiking Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016.

As one of Canada’s good-will ambassadors, the office of Miss Universe Canada has its official obligations, most involving public relations like: “focusing on the importance of education, setting goals and pursuing your dreams, as well as delivering an anti-bullying campaign” on behalf of the organization (1).

The Miss Universe Canada Organisation also supports charities and has established lasting relationships with some of Canada’s biggest non-profit organizations such as: Variety Village, SOS Children’s Villages, Save the Children, Breast Cancer Foundation and Sick Kids Hospital among others.

Photo provided by M. Dalirazar

Miss Universe Canada is also featured regularly as a VIP guest at premier entertainment and sporting events throughout Canada including: the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montreal, the Toronto Grand Prix, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto International Film Festival and Much Music Video Awards (1).

Since her tenure as Miss Universe Canada, Sahar has developed a career in acting by landing parts in both film and television. When asked about the future, she is keeping her personal career plans private. However, one can certainly conclude: Sahar Biniaz will be a success at whatever path she chooses to take as her next great challenge—the world is waiting.

(1) Miss Universe Canada website
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