Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Darlene Quinn, Classic International Woman 2018 is Embracing Women's Power, Purpose and Possibilities

I hope that people remember me for my genuine heart. I have a missionary’s soul and find the values conscientiousness, compassion, and empathy key inside myself.  

 -  Darlene Quinn, Classic International Woman 2018  -

Darlene was crowned Classic International Woman on November 11, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Classic International Woman (CIW) celebrates the beauty and life stories of women empowering us to find our purpose, to be grateful and to embrace all the possibilities that come our way. CIW is a pageant for women aged forty-five and above regardless of marital status - single, widowed or divorced.

Spotlight on Classic International Woman 2018

How was your experience at CIW during the pageant

My experience with the Classic International Woman pageant was fabulous. From the day I registered through the day of crowning, I had the most fantastic experience.

Throughout the CIW World Finals Pageant weekend in La Vegas, fun events and activities were planned daily. There were countless opportunities to bond with the other delegates and developed a sisterhood - dinners, orientation get together, activities, photo shoots, rehearsals, seminar, and then some. My favorite event that weekend was "Ball Gowns and Bowling Shoes." Together with delegates, staff, families, friends, and the like, we laughed nonstop! It was truly memorable.

Did you expect to win? Why?

No, I did not expect to win. This was my first pageant, and there were a few ladies that had been on the pageant stage before. I did work very hard with a pageant coach leading up to the event. Having done runway modeling and public speaking helped me, I suppose. Plus, at my age, I’ve long gotten over stage fright.  I felt very natural up there.

What are your plans as Classic International Woman 2018?

My wish is to bring recognition to the three main Charitable Organizations which I have been involved with for nearly thirty years. These worthwhile organizations and the people they assist deserve further awareness. I would also hope to become a part of other community service-based organizations and uplift the community to assist in any way I can.

During my reign, I plan to be a role model to those around me. I continually strive to inspire, educate, and set a good example for other women. With this, I will do my best to encourage others to be their best possible selves, and seek out as many possibilities in life as possible.

Classic International Woman's tagline is, "Accepting experiences and embracing possibilities," can you elaborate more about it and how can you relate to your own story?

Each woman has a background and individual journey that has brought her to where she is today. These life experiences make up who we are. With my 50 years of life experiences, each involvement had been a learning opportunity, as well as, a means of celebration and reflection. 

My experiences allow me to be a stronger example for those I serve in the community, and I can relate first hand to what that individual is going through. When I accept my background, good and bad, I can embrace possibilities to pass my experience, strength, and hope on to others. It is empowering!

Why would pageant women join Classic International Woman?

Classic International Woman fits the life stage of those 35 and over. Whether one has participated in a pageant previously, or not, they will find the experience rewarding.

Classic International Woman focuses on giving mature women an avenue to celebrate life’s journey and embrace possibilities at any age. The culture is equality amongst women, no matter each lady’s life path. With many pageants focusing on domestic titles, Classic International Woman has a global title which adds excitement.

Additionally, Lynda Samuels, Executive Director is a class act! Any participant can feel confident that her experience will be heightened with Lynda’s long tenure in the industry, as well as her extensive knowledge and connections. Classic International Woman is a first-class organization with a first class experience for anyone involved.

Any advice in winning the crown?

Be yourself, have confidence in who you are, and cherish the moment.

Aside from working very hard with a pageant coach, I listened carefully to the suggestions of others who had found success in the pageant world. With that, I molded all of that communication into a perfect fit for me. I didn’t want to change during the preparation; I simply wanted to become a better version of myself. Have fun with the journey. That fun and smile from ear to ear really show on stage. That inner happiness is a beauty!

Lastly, embrace who you are and let that shine. That confidence sets forth a fierceness that is hard to beat.

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