Anna Casador - Saccoccio 2019 National Classic American Woman of Service
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Anna Casador - Saccoccio 2019 National Classic American Woman of Service.
Full name: Anna Casador - Saccoccio Title/Year: 2019 National Classic American Woman of Service Pageant System: American Women of Service Age: 55 Zodiac sign: Pisces Hobbies: outdoor photography, cooking, baking competitions, shopping Platform: Helping the less fortunate in our community through my Eric Medeiros Memorial Foundation Years competed: 2 Countries visited: 5 Likes: flip flops, watermelon blow pops, ice cream, time time family and friends, traveling, beach, baking Dislikes: Negativity Status: Married World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. I am a wife, mother of two my daughter Jessica and son Erc, step mother of two daughters Jeannette and Nadine and grandmother to 3 fabulous grandchildren, Abby, Isla and Benjamin. I was born and raised in Rhode Island by amazing Portuguese parents, who immigrated to this country at a young age. They instilled in us, work ethic, determination and kindness above all. I truly enjoy my time giving back to the community through my foundation, and my pageant experience has been the most empowering and influential in my life since the loss of my son Eric. I truly enjoy my time outdoors, at the beach and time with friends and family. My times traveling to St Croix are my favorite, they are like a big hug to my soul. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you? It meant being the best you can be, being an good example, being there to encourage others. Showing women that they too can overcome any obstacle or hurdle is truly within them already. We need to show each other and support each other to bring that out in each other. Not only to be supportive, but to truly care and love each others accomplishments... We rise up when we lift others. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. I came into pageantry by accident. I was originally a sponsor, when asked about another program I thought they meant to sponsor that one also. Instead they wanted me as a contestant, I thought about it and decided to try, since it was a small local charity pageant where I could promote what I did with my charity work in memory of my Eric. It lead to amazing friendships and sisterhood, other amazing pageant programs in my area, and especially my nation titles with American Women of Service and currently the Ms. Rhode Island New England States Charity program title, which was the one that opened all these doors for me. Over the next year, I regained my self esteem, determination and also lost 132 lbs.... regaining my health back also. I hope that my journey can inspire other women to never give up. Especially those who grieve and suffer the loss of a child everyday like I do. I want to continue to make him proud, to be a good example and inspire others, like those who have inspired me along the way. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? The opportunity to promote my platform, my passion for helping in our community and to be a good example and inspiration to others. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I had first one their National Elite Title in 2017, and recently was presented with opportunity to return and compete in the new 2019 National Classic division. I was honored and blessed with the chance the first time, and after winning it became such an amazing part of my journey. Having the chance to do it again this year in 2019, I immediately said "yes", and so excited that I won again. Its an honor but also a responsibility to fulfill and represent such an amazing program once again. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? American Women of Service is a community service based pageant, founded with a few goals in mind:
To empower women across the country to become the best version of themselves possible.
To encourage women who serve in their communities to share that love with others around them and inspire others to do the same.
To create a positive, encouraging, empowering sisterhood of beautiful women who are interested in motivating others through community involvement and community service.
Lastly, to promote anti-bullying at all ages and in all areas of life.
American Women of Service brings a unique pageant experience as it is part of a 501c-3 non-profit organization, Crossroads Youth Center. Through Crossroads Youth Center we work to promote bullying awareness through UNITE Against Bullying, The Crown CARES (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools) and youth enrichment.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? We are judged in interview- Fitness- Fashion Runway and Evening gown. There are several optionals such as a talent, role model, and nonperformance talent, speech and volunteering recognition. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. Even though I had been here before, to be back as a contestant again can make you nervous, you start to over think everything. I always focus on having a good time with the other women, the purpose of my platform and that no matter the result, I have gained more empowerment, exposure for my passion of helping in our community and the wonderful life long friendships you can build. That is always my personal WIN ! World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. My platform is supporting those in need in our community through my foundation in memory of my son, the Eric Medeiros Memorial Foundation. We are a 501c3 non profit foundation and now a certified organization with the Presidential Volunteer Awards program. We also offer support and help to other charities in our area, by helping raise funds, volunteering or just helping to spread the word about what they are doing. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? I have done appearances all over New England and the Us Virgin Islands, with more to come. I especially support our local charities not just by appearing but my volunteering and helping spread the word about their missions and goals. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? My biggest most important achievements are of being a wife, mother and grandmother. My education has been an important goal in my life and is ongoing to maintain my licenses and all the work I do in the cosmetic corrective tattooing field, especially with survivors and helping them with their self esteem. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? I don't have any fancy strategy, I just do my best to be me, to be real, to be authentic and to show them through my previous experience that I am their best candidate for this important role. World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? I think I stand out because I am just being me, I am friendly, relatable and get along with everyone. You must always be your most genuine self to stand out. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. I was truly moved to my soul. All I could do was cry and feel so much gratefulness to be chosen again. I remember seeing the crown, the sash and them telling me "take your walk as our new National Classic American Women of Service" and I was on a cloud, I was hugged by the universe and of course my fellow winners that day. World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? What does it really mean to be a "Beauty Queen" just what is on the outside ? Just a beautiful gown? No, that is not what it means for me.. a true beauty queen comes from inside, from the heart, the mind and soul. Its not about dress size, perfect hair, weight, height, race, nationality. To me a Beauty Queen is a woman who stands for her convictions, is passionate about her life journey, tries to inspire others and go on with her support and encouragement of others no matter what. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life? Like I said before, I never imagined my self getting out of bed, getting dressed, moving along with the grief and loss of my son Eric. So to be on a pageant stage, and have this fire and light awakened in me has been a gift, an opportunity to continue to keep his memory alive through the exposure of our foundation. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? At the time I started with my first pageant in august 2016, I was battling a lot of health issues, depression, sadness, and major weight gain. Then it all stated to fall into place and I lost 132 lbs in about a year. The pageants have helped me keep stay on track, stay motivated to keep improving myself so that I can be a example and inspiration for others that are facing the same issues. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? Its feel like a huge hug.... and I love hugs. I will keep doing what I have to in order to keep getting those hugs. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? Take classes, watch videos of those who have won before you, research someone in you area to help you perfect YOUR walk. We can always take a class, watch someone do it, but it also must be you in that walk, that is what makes it your walk. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? Find a location that has you as first priority and not just making a sale. You must love it, you must feel amazing in it. No matter the style, color or fit. When you have all that in your gown, you will just glide across that stage confident and sure of yourself. That is the most important thing. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? I firmly believe in just being honest, sincere and your true self. Make sure your paperwork for the judges reflects that, so that there are not surprises. Judges want someone they can relate to, not someone over rehearsed and not truly prepared. Hire a coach if you can, they can give you the best feedback and help to perfect your interview style. World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? I ate clean and healthy, I exercised at least 5 days a week, I did meditation once a day, everyday. I shared thoughts and feelings in my journal everyday. I also surrounded myself with only positivity and good vibes. Keep it strong and positive and focused, and you will always do well. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? I wish I had put more thought into research in the beginning, when I did my first pageant. In regards to wardrobe, interview, etc. I have no regrets, and its all been a learning experience since then. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? They get too fixated on little things, they loose focus on just being themselves. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? Years ago, I did some bridal modeling and couple of plays in school. Who knows what the future holds? World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen? My plans are to travel as the National title holder as much as I can, I want to go outside my area and bring attention to this amazing pageant program and of course my platform. If people don't see me, or know about what the program is all about, we cannot continue to grow and empower other women to join us. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to leave my mark, a good mark. I want people to say "remember Anna, the 2017 and 2019 National Winner, she did a lot to show us the way, she did a lot in the community, she did a lot to show us we can do anything we set our minds too, no matter what" That is what I want to leave behind. My name and my work to empower all of them. National Director: Deb Landry Your Local Director: Jasmine DeRier Pageant website: www.americanwomenofservice.com World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
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Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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