Corinne Devin International Ms. 2020
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Corinne Celeste Devin International Ms. 2020.
Full name: Corinne Celeste Devin
Title/Year: International Ms. 2020
Pageant System: International Ms.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Hobbies: Travel, Dancing, Fitness
Platform: Empowering young men and women to reach their full potential with Motivational Speaking
Years competed: 12
Countries visited: Over 50! As International Ms I have visited the following: USA, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Montenegro, England, Wales, Frnace, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Switzerland.
Likes: photography, positivity, making people smile.
Dislikes: Negativity, laziness and spicy food
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am a board-certified Orthodontist, United States Naval Officer, Commander stationed in Catania, Italy, Sicily. I have visited and lived in over 50 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North America. My focus overseas has been as a public motivational speaker for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), encouraging young adolescents and adults to achieve their goals and make their dreams a reality.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
The ability to inspire and lead women to realize their full potential. To help them make the impossible-possible. Every one of us has faced obstacles in our lives but with the help of mentors, teachers and coaches we have overcome them because these obstacles were gates of opportunity. Empowering women means supporting women, sharing our knowledge, our network and connecting on multiple levels.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
My journey in pageantry started when I was graduate school with the Nevada USA system. I competed three times and got 1st runner up. From there I went on to the United States and Miss International system with state titles. After entering the Navy I won my first national title All American Miss 2008. It was a system based in Southern California and I started to learn the importance of interview and presentation. After I got home from deployment with the US Navy in Iraq I competed and won Ms. United America 2009. Next in residency I won Ms. Texas United States 2007 and learned how to juggle pageantry and the Navy. Upon graduation I won Ms. United States 2012 and moved to Japan. Inspired by how pageantry truly impacted my host country was pageantry wasn’t quite revered I competed internationally and won Ms. Galaxy 2014. I took a break after my year to support the many friends who had supported me in helping them for their upcoming competitions. It wasn’t until 4 years later I decided to compete again but with a new focus-the environment. I won Ms. Earth 2018 and was able to organize clean ups in Italy with UNESCO and mission trips to Africa. Realizing there is more outside my profession I wanted to do, I pursued the International Ms. pageant to grow my skills in social media, public speaking and video.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I actually wasn't inspired but dared to do one. It was a complete dare from one of my classmates in dental school who told me that I could never do it. That was all the motivation I needed.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I wanted to be part of a pageant that would further my goals outside the Navy and surround myself with women who believe in empowering each other. International Ms. provided both the entrepreneurship and passion project focus than I was looking for.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
The mission of International Ms.® is to connect and celebrate women of enterprise and elegance. Delegates receive accolades in their region, are featured through our international program alongside other women of the highest caliber in the world. Each year, one winner receives the ultimate prize - the title of International Ms. and a cash grant toward her business or cause.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I really enjoyed it-felt like a girls weekend in NYC and honestly I forgot I was competing. One of the best parts was meeting women from all over the world and hearing their stories.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
Currently I am stationed in Catania, Italy, Sicily and my focus has been volunteering with the local Italian-American Community. Every month I am speaking at local schools and professional organizations to improve the relationship in both communities. From organizing clean ups with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to assisting students obtain scholarships for education past high school I am blessed with my partnerships with the Navy and Italian Public Affairs office.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
Sept. 21 Park Clean up Aci-reale
Oct. 4 STEM Speech at Paterno High School.
Oct 18th Orthodontic Pearls Conference
Nov. 1 STEM Speech Rotary Teen and Young Adults
Nov. 20th and Nov. 14th Taught Public Speaking 101 to young military service members in Naples & Catania, Italy
Dec. 10th STEM speech Associazione Eris
Jan. 30th STEM IPSSEOA Karol Wojtyla School
Feb. 25th STEM Speech Catania Culinary School
March 9th -Women’s History Month – International event in Italy.
Jan 9th Queens’ Photoshoot Leeds, England and Italy.
Travel and appearances in England, Wales, Germany, Croatia, Italy, United States, Montenegro, France, Austria, Finland
Future: Speaking with and International Women's Day
Joint Appearance in Ireland, Judging Ireland Galaxy competition and speaking to military cadet. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
Becoming a Commander in the Navy in 11 years (average takes 16-20) and part of 0.29% females who achieve that rank in the United States Military.
Board Certification in Orthodontics, highest academic accolade in my profession.
Walking with my fear of public speaking by speaking at local schools in both English and Italian.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
Drive, Focus and kindness.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was in shocked and also incredibly humbled. This pageant had challenged me and the women who were on stage were extraordinary gifted. To be selected was a honor.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Poised, present and polished. She knows her true beauty comes from within her and that people will truly notice this when they get to know her and see her for what she truly is.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It has helped get over my fear of public speaking by answering tough questions on stage and having more confidence in my board meetings. Also I have to add when I’m training to compete, I am in much better shape than any military physical fitness test.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?
Pageants have taught me we are all built differently however there are many ways to feel beautiful. Feeling confident in a swimsuit or swimsuit.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I'm truly honored and humbled and it’s what keeps me going, striving to be the best version of me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Preparation- I usually start 6 months in advance, working with coaches and secondly authenticity. Know who you are when you are on and off that stage. There is only one you- everyone else is already taken so be the best you.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
This pageant truly challenged me in areas of social media, video and runway. However because I knew these were areas I needed to work on, I sought out mentors who could help and push me to be better. To make my intro video, I was able to recruit my fellow service members who have a passion for video and take several minutes of footage in Italy. Next, I worked with Patrick Stephens with IEHD Productions who help coordinate my conference visit to shoot at March Air Force Base near Los Angeles and edit my final video.
Social Media is a powerful tool and truly can be used to influence and inspire with an incredible outreach. I was honored to work with Cindy Stirling (HMU Artist) and Arielle Levy, Photographer for Influences and Lifestyle to capture the many sides of who I was to ensure my multimedia gave a full breath of who I am.
Lastly for Runway- I hired my pageant coach, Alexis Landrum who has a keen eye on how to walk with confidence and make my 5ft 3in statue feel like 6 feet on stage. To this day many of my colleagues always think I’m taller than I actually am.
All in all I learned a lot and grew tremendously in preparing for this competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Practice, practice, practice especially in your competition shoes. I hired a coach who I knew would help me on perfecting my walk-for me something I'm always working on.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Pick a dress that makes you feel beautiful. You should feel like you are glowing. I have the same gown for the last 8 years and everytime I put it on this is how I feel. Its also the one thing I train the hardest for -to fit in it.
Color-ensure it complements your skin. Shape-flattering to you. Being short statue I look for a gown that makes me look taller.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Know your bio inside and out. Practice asking yourself questions and hire an interview coach who can really provide you constructive feedback. Learning how to interview well is not only a great skill for pageantry but also for any job interview, presentation or speaking event in life. It's truly a skill that everyone can benefit from.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
In this pageant it would be my walk. When I get excited my arms swing and head bobs. I need to remind myself constantly to stay calm, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Lack of preparation in wardrobe. I have seen some of the most stunning wardrobe but walking in can be quite challenging and it can distract us from what’s most important-the woman wearing it.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
When I was in dental school in Las Vegas I modeled swimwear for Hawaiian Tropics and shoes at the the World Class Shoe Show. Since then I have modeled in the Runway Fashion Show for St. Agatha in Catania, Italy, Sicily.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
First to included all women who compete and sponsors in the Social Media Marketing. Next to grow the social media platforms with link tree, highlights in Instagram and cross promoting among various platforms. Lastly increase the photo and video coverage to truly give a full breath of who I am and show the confident vulnerable side of me.
To help me prepare for charity auctioneering. I have increase my public speaking platforms in Italy and in process of creating a video reel to send to future corporations to boost my outreach.
Lastly fine tune my speaking skills to elevate me to be on a Ted Talk.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
That I truly embodied what this title represented as well as my predecessors- entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement. This includes from helping build the system in recruitment but also from social media and influence in the military and European markets.
International Director: Laura Clark
National Director: Laura Clark
Pageant website: International Ms.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Corinne Celeste Devin International Ms. 2020, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Charlotte Clemie Photography
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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