TingJia Lorigiano not only has great beauty, but is also socially conscious and smart as a whip, too!
May 17, 2009

TingJia Lorigiano

Congratulations to Vanier’s very own TingJia Lorigiano who represented Quebec at the 2009 Miss Universe Canada Pageant.

Whoever said beauty precludes intelligence has not met TingJia, an Honours Health Science student at Vanier, and President of the Vanier Math Club.  She is also part of the Vanier Key Society, a group of both academically and socially involved students who volunteer and act as ambassadors for Vanier.

Although TingJia has also been crowned Miss Chinese Montreal 2008, and Top 10 Miss Chinese International 2008 in HK, her first love was for math and physics. “My passion has always been for science... I mean, I practically live at the Vanier Math and Science Center” admits TingJia with a playful laugh.

TingJia Lorigiano competed against 64 delegates from across Canada, at the 58th annual Miss Universe Canada Pageant which took place in Toronto in May 2009.

Vanier voted for TingJia Lorigiano at:
The winner of the “People’s Choice Award” was automatically one of the Top 20 Semi-Finalists.

Well, Vanier, as well as all of TingJia's friends and supporters must have come through for her,
as she ended up WINNING the People's Choice Award, thus becoming a Top 20 Semi-Finalist!

See a video profile of TingJia Lorigiano from the Miss Universe Canada website

Below is an interview published just after she won the award for Miss Chinese Montreal 2007:
(Translated from Cyberpresse)

The 2007 Miss Chinese Montreal winner is 17 year old Health Science student TingJia Lorigiano. She is of Chinese & Italian decent.

Q - Why did you sign up for a Chinese beauty pageant?
A - My mom saw the ad for it in the newspaper. She thought it was a great way for me to learn about my Chinese roots.

Q - By modeling a swimsuit ?
A - I consider myself to be a feminist. Sure, there's something ironic about that. However a beauty contest is not just about beauty. It's also about the people you meet and the experiences you have. The swimsuit is just a way to show that you feel good in your own skin; that you accept yourself.

Q - Your win earns you a ticket to Miss Chinese International in HK this January. This is the same contest that allowed Christy Chung to becoming a giant HK film star. What are your expectations?
A - When I was younger, I dreamed of being an actress. But for now, I'm focusing on school.

Q - You're half Chinese, half Italian. How do you live this bicultural identity?
A - It's the mix of races that helps me find balance. Depending on the context, I could be one background or the other. When I'm out in public, the Chinese personality comes out, in the way I smile and not judging a book by its cover. When I play soccer, however, I become extremely proud and competitive!

Q - What language do you use at home?
A - My mother speaks to me in Chinese, and I answer her in English. I do my studies in French and I take Italian classes on Saturdays. Really, I'm just a typical Montrealer!

Q - Do you have any spare time at all?
A - In my free time, I play the saxophone. In elementary school, I played the flute very well. The sax was a logical next step. Do you know John Coltrane?

Q - Do you watch any TV?
A - Hmm... Absolutely "Numb3rs". It's a mystery series based on math on CBS. Oh my God, I'm such a nerd! But I can't help it, I love to learn. A nerd who is also a beauty queen - weird, isn't it?

Below is TingJia's profile as posted on the Learning Center's Vanier Key Society web page:

I'm currently in my 2nd year of Honours Health Science. Getting involved within my community and with the people around me is one of my passions, and I am actively involved in extra-curricular activities, organizing events and clubs, and volunteering, something I hope to continue to pursue as a member of the 2008-09 Vanier Key Society.  Being of Italian and Chinese heritage has exposed me to a many different cultures and traditions (not to mention great food), crowned me Miss Chinese Montreal, and Top 10 Miss Chinese International. It has allowed me to learn Chinese and Italian, as well as English and French. I love reading, writing and playing the saxophone. I admire Jane Eyre’s willpower, Marie Curie’s ingenuity,

Martin Luther King’s charisma, and Albert Camus’s philosophy. One thought I live by is: I hope to make the world a better place for my brief passage through it.