Absolutely Stunning

Marta Magdalena Stepien saved her first Japan visit for a reign-y day.

And Stepien, Miss International Canada 2017 and Miss Universe Canada 1st RU 2017, was smitten with her last year’s visit to the Asian nation and is now serving as a tourism ambassador for the Asian nation.

“I’m really happy doing this,” a kimono-clad Stepien said during a Wednesday night Japan National Tourism Organization event in Toronto.

The Windsor, Ont. resident, who’s now studying bio-medical engineering technology and speaks four languages, labelled Japanese landscapes “absolutely stunning,” and also praised Japanese culture and history.

Stepien conceded that she spoke little Japanese during her visit but added she was impressed by how helpful locals were to her, even when there were language barriers.

Stepien’s efforts to promote Japan have earned her appreciation from the JNTO, with Athena Ho of the tourism organization’s Toronto office saying it wants to bring Stepien back to Japan on Air Canada’s inaugural Montreal-Narita flight on June 1.

Seen here are Ho, Stepien and Mark Hashimoto of Air Canada’s Toronto sales office.