Masset’s Erik Prytula escorts Mrs. Universe in the name of the missing

  • Oct. 20, 2015 6:00 p.m.

By Stacey MarpleHaida Gwaii ObserverMissing and Murdered Aboriginal women have brought together Erik Prytula of Haida Gwaii and Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull in an effort to raise funds for the Families of Sister in Spirit, a non-profit organization that helps families of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. Mr. Prytula, originally from Masset, walked Mrs. Universe down the runway at the Fashion Speaks fundraiser held at Thompson Rivers University, Sept. 16.  Mr. Prytula was asked to be a part of the event by a family friend, who was organizing the fundraiser. “She thought I would do well, and I am tall,” said Mr. Prytula.Mrs. Universe is over six-feet tall and was having issues finding an escort tall enough to walk her down the runway. “She contacted and asked me to be apart of this, I said sure because it’s a great cause,” Mr. Prytula said. Only after he agreed to do the show did he find out that he would be escorting  Ms. Callingbull down the runway. “She was super laid back and definitely outspoken.”There were two other walks down the runway by himself. “It wasn’t too bad it was really organized,” Mr. Prytula said. Mr. Prytula said that the venue of the fundraiser fashion show may change in the future and if the event does not conflict with school or work he would be involved again.The Mrs. Universe competition, which started in 2007, is an international beauty pageant that focuses on married contestants.Last April Mrs. Callingbull, 25, from Alberta’s Enoch Cree Nation, become the first First Nations woman and the first Canadian to win the pageant.

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