Nova Stevens biography: 13 things about South Sudanese-Canadian model, activist, actress, beauty queen

Nova Stevens is a model, actress and beauty queen who is 6’0″ tall. Hailing from Canada, she is South Sudanese and she speaks English and Nuer.

Stevens is also an activist who supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are 13 more things about her:


  1. She was born in 1993 in Kenya to South Sudanese parents. Her family fled a civil war in South Sudan.
  2. In 1999, she and a cousin were sent to Canada while her mother was left in a United Nations camp in South Sudan and her father and siblings went to Ethiopia.
  3. In 2008, she decided to live on her own.
  4. In 2009, she went to New York, United States where she started her career as a model.
  5. In 2011, Stevens became the manager for the Youth Transition program in Alberta, Canada, which helped her finish school and become independent.
  6. In 2014, Stevens moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to pursue her career as a model and an actress. In the same year, she competed in Miss Universe Canada for the first time. It was also her first beauty pageant. She wore a weave and finished in the Top 12.
  7. In 2015, Premiere Talent Management started representing her.
  8. In 2018, she competed in Miss Universe Canada for the second time. Representing Vancouver, she wore her natural hair, won Miss Photogenic and finished in the Top 20.
  9. She played a witch in “See” Season 1 episode 3 “Fresh Blood,” which aired on November 1, 2019.
  10. She played a Visigoth witch in “The Magicians” Season 5 episode 4 “Magicians Anonymous,” which aired on February 5, 2020, and a team leader in “Motherland: Fort Salem” Season 1 episode 8 “Citydrop,” which aired on May 6, 2020.
  11. On June 19, 2020, she and actress and activist Shamika Mitchell organized a peaceful Black Lives Matter march in Vancouver. The duo also had the city declare August 1 as Emancipation Day. The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.
  12. Representing Vancouver, she competed in Miss Universe Canada in its 16th edition, marking the third time she joined the beauty pageant. On October 24, 2020, she was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2020 at the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She bested 39 other candidates.
  13. She will be the first South Sudanese woman to represent Canada in Miss Universe.

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