Miss Universe Canada 2020 Nova Stevens, the first Black woman to ever hold the title in Canada
Nova Stevens’ path to her current career as a model and actress hasn’t come easy. She was born in Kenya to parents who, fleeing the civil war in South Sudan, decided to send her to Canada at the age of six with the hope of providing her a better life and more opportunities. She hasn’t seen her parents in 22 years but lived with various other family members in Alberta and Ontario until the age of 15, when she decided to move out and live on her own. Modelling gigs began coming to her at age 16 and after a brief stint in New York, she moved to Vancouver in 2014 where she began to pursue work as an actress as well as a model.
Nova Stevens’ stunning outer beauty is obvious, so it’s no surprise that the six-foot-tall model/actress will be competing in the 2020 Miss Universe Canada pageant this weekend. But make no mistake: Nova Stevens is much more than just her looks.
From first-hand experience, Nova believes that “resiliency and the power of faith” can change your circumstances and is now dedicated to giving back to her community. She is a spokesperson for charitable organizations like Operation Smile, which raises awareness for cleft lip and palate solutions, and is also the co-organizer of the Freedom Marches in Vancouver, passionately giving her time to Black Lives Matter and minority liberation movements in Canada.