Cynthia Bowers-Martin USOA Mrs. Barberton Ohio 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Cynthia Bowers-Martin USOA Mrs. Barberton Ohio 2019.
Full name: Cynthia Bowers-Martin Title/Year: USOA Mrs. Barberton Ohio Pageant System: United States Of America Pageants Age: 42 Zodiac sign: Sagittarius Hobbies: Pageant Coaching, Mentoring, Cooking, Singing, Traveling, Fitness, Volunteering, Spending time with family and close friends Platform: Increase Low Self-esteem in Girls Who Suffer Silently Due to Anger, Fear & Depression Years competed: 15 years with breaks in between Countries visited: Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Ireland (twice); My dream is to go to France or Aruba next Likes: Food (Mac & Cheese, Sugar Cookies, Shrimp, Lobster, Chicken); Things(Clothes, Shoes, Purses, Jewelry); Seasons(Fall, Winter); Animals(Dogs); Sports(Basketball, Tennis); Writing, Singing, Reading and Public Speaking Dislikes: Food(Liver, Spinach, Green Peas); People(Bullies) Status: Married World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. I've been married to my wonderful husband for 7 years. I'm a Mother, Author, Inspirational Speaker and Certified Life Coach. I'm a tireless advocate for students who struggle in silence with Low Self-esteem due to anger, depression and fear. Part-time, I travel to local schools, girl empowerment conferences and various events speaking to girls about how to overcome low self-esteem by providing tools and techniques which they can immediately use to Unleash the Queen in them. I am also the primary caretaker of my mom, who became disabled due to a stroke and multiple other illnesses. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Business Administration along with an Associate’s Degree in Website Development, and have been working in the field of Information Technology for 18 years. Full-time, I'm a IT Business Analyst and do International work with Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment mean to you? Women Empowerment means to uplift young girls or ladies who may be feeling low due to a certain situation or circumstance. Which is one of the reasons I participate in beauty pageants. This has been and will always be one of my life missions. I want to succeed not only in pageants, but in life, because I know there is a little girl that is somewhere thinking that her dreams will not come true because of her home-life, or a challenge in her life that’s difficult. I want to empower her and let her know that she can achieve anything and everything with hard work, high self-esteem and determination, and I want to share with her the tools needed to do so. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. I have been involved with numerous Local, State and National Pageants as a Titleholder, Judge, Mentor and Coach. My passion for the Pageant Industry inspired me to create a Pageant Website (www.from-beauty-pageants-2-local-modeling.com) that is recognized Globally and allows me to connect with girls and women from all over the world, coaching and empowering them to Unleash the Queen within. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? I was adopted as a child and we didn’t have much money growing up, and even though we had food to eat and a house to live in, we still received government assistance. It wasn’t easy as I didn't really know my biological parents, but my adopted parents always made sure I had the best of everything. As a child, I had many dreams, but two in particular were to be a Teacher or an Astronaut. However, when I saw Vanessa Williams on television one day win the Miss America Pageant, and she had a complexion close to mine and hair like mine, I knew at that moment I wanted to be a beauty queen. Unfortunately, my mom and dad weren’t on board because we didn’t have the money, so that dream died quickly. My dad always told me to go to school and get an education and after that, I could do and become whatever I wanted to, and I did just that. I graduated from Buchtel High school in Akron, Ohio, went off to college in Kentucky received two degrees. After college, I entered my first beauty pageant. I worked hard, overcame low self-esteem due to anger, depression and fear and then persevered, and my dreams and aspirations came true. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I chose to compete in the United States of America’s Pageant because the organization shares the same mission as I do, to Empower, Inspire and Uplift all people, with an emphasis on women. Winning this pageant will help me to take my Unleash The Queen S.T.E.A.M Initiative to the next level. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? United States of America Pageants are designed to encourage women to strive to Achieve their hopes, dreams, goals, and aspirations, while making them feel Confident and Beautiful inside and out! We believe the true definition of beauty is "The unique set of combinations that make you, You!" Our motto is to Empower Women, Inspire others, & Uplift everyone! We focus on women empowerment, promoting positive self-image and advocating a platform of community service, which allows our contestants to rise by lifting others. But more importantly we are an elite sisterhood that gives support and encouragement to inspire each delegate to be the best version of herself! World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? There are 2 Competition Levels. During the Preliminary Competition, Scoring is on Personal Interview, Swimwear and Evening Gown. During the Final Competition, Scoring is on Swimwear, Evening Gown and Onstage Question. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. My platform is: Increase Low Self-esteem in Girls Who Suffer Silently due to Anger, Fear & Depression. I believe every little girl is a queen and it’s my mission to help her Unleash The Queen in her, by helping her to become aware of who she is and what she has on the inside of her. I travel to local schools, conferences and events Encouraging, Inspiring and Uplifting our youth to increase their self-esteem through S.T.E.A.M. (Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Match). I focus on the A – Arts. I encourage girls to tap into their creative side through drawing, acting, poetry, singing, modeling, pageantry, dance, and/or painting. This allows students to not focus on what they think they are lacking, but focus on a hidden talent that they are great at, but they may not be aware of it. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? My current title was recently awarded and to date I have scheduled appearances that include Volunteer at the "Holiday Tree Lighting and Walk" Event in Barberton, Ohio, Volunteer at the Lake Anna YMCA in Barberton, Ohio, Volunteer at the Barberton Community Foundation in Barberton Ohio, Judging a Pageant called "Hope and Healing Pageants" in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a Keynote Speaker at Grace Academy Of Small Wonders Girls Event called "Sparkle and Shine" in Akron, Ohio, a Volunteer at Akron Children's Hospital "Trunk or Treat" Event in Akron, Ohio and A Volunteer at The Boys and Girls Club of Western Reserve in Akron, Ohio. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? Some of my Personal Achievements are overcoming the fear, anxiety and public speaking All Thanks to Beauty Pageants. I used to be very nervous, very scared and actually strongly disliked speaking in front of people almost half of my life. However, after I entered my first pageant and won and then placed or won many others after that, my confidence became stronger and helped me to have higher self-esteem and truly believe in myself. My Pageant Achievements include being able to compete with other like-minded women on a stage that gives us such a large platform to talk about our passions and issues in the community. Also, my Pageant Achievements allowed me to be featured on 2 Local News Channels - News Channel 5 and News Channel 8. My dream is to be featured on Cleveland's Fox 8 News Channel with Wayne, Stephanie and Chrissy (smile). World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? My on-stage strategy is fairly simple and something I've learned to apply to my life in general, and that is to be myself, let my bubbly personality shine and continue to keep a smile on my face. World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? I stand out naturally from all the other beautiful girls because as I've been told, I have a light about me that radiates and lights up a room. World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? Being a Beauty Queen is about much more than a crown and a sash. It's not even about having a title really. It's about who you are as a person. What kind of beauty do you possess on the inside, not just physical beauty, but do you love yourself and others. In my opinion, any girl or woman who loves themselves, loves others, respects themselves and others, is hardworking and about her business whether it's a job working for someone else, her own business, or volunteering and has confidence, that's a Beauty Queen. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life? I suffered silently from anger, fear and depression for many years of my life and competing in pageants have helped me to focus on loving myself more, meeting new people, creating life-long friendships and striving for a greater purpose, which for me, is helping kids in my community who need a reason to not just dream about their dreams coming true, but actually making their dreams come true. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your self-esteem and body image? Growing up I had low self-esteem, but I hid it very well. I was also very self-conscious about my body image. Pageants have definitely increased my self-esteem and pushes me to want to be a better woman. I know when I compete I want to bring my best self to the competition. Therefore staying fit and feeling comfortable in my own skin helps me to do my best. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? I'm humbled because it's such a blessing to be an inspiration to young girls, which is one of my life missions, to empower, inspire and uplift girls to be better versions of themselves. The feeling is amazing and it's truly a blessing and I try my hardest not to take it for granted. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning a better pageant walk? For a pageant newbie or beginner, my tips for learning a better pageant walk is to wear heels everyday for at least 15-30 minutes, at least 3-4 months in advance, leading up to the pageant. A couple months practicing every day will get your feet and legs comfortable in heels and then a couple months perfecting the walk incorporating arms, hands, head etc. When I first started pageants, placing masking tape on the floor in a straight line at least 2 feet long really helped me.....just walk the line, placing one foot in front of the other. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing the right pageant dress? For a pageant newbie or beginner, my tips for choosing the right pageant dress would be to go to a gown store or place that sells gowns and pick 4-5 and try them on. Make sure to take a pair of heels, and it will also help tremendously if you have your hair and makeup done. Seeing the full picture of the entire look in the mirror helps greatly, because when you put each gown on, you'll be able to tell right away if you can imagine yourself walking in it on stage or not. It's all about loving what you see when you look in the mirror and feeling like "this is the one" or "this is not the one". Each gown you put on will speak to you or give you a good vibe or not a good vibe! World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? My tips for winning interview is to be yourself, plus a little extra if you're quiet by nature or not normally very talkative. Answer the questions directly and don't lie or make things up that are not true just because it might sound good. Just be genuine and always look the judge(s) in the eyes while speaking with them. When it's over, don't forget to say "Thank You!" World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? I'm preparing to compete as I'm answering this question. I workout daily to tone up areas that I want to look better for me personally, add more fruits and vegetables to my diet for more energy and clearer skin, review past pageant video's of myself to ensure I don't repeat small mistakes on stage, attend other pageants in the area to build my confidence by supporting others and to prepare myself mentally. I also work with a pageant coach to help prepare me for interview. I save money for last minute items I'll need outside of the gown, shoes, interview dress, swimsuit, etc. I also work with one of my favorite Local Stylist Ray Parker (Styled By R.P.) to help prepare each look and my attire for my competitions. Last, but certainly not least, I recite Words Of Affirmations and Bible Scriptures daily to prepare myself emotionally and spiritually. Pageant Preparation is a Combination of the Physical, Mental, Emotional, Financial and Spiritual well-being of the entire process. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? In my last pageant, I tripped on stage and almost fell during the evening gown portion. I kept a smile on my face, but the rest of the evening it was on my mind and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wish I didn't trip, but at least I didn't actually fall (smile). World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? Mistakes are made all the time during competitions and sometimes it's difficult to keep up or keep track of your own, so there's really no time to count others mistakes. I do my best to focus on myself and what I can do better throughout the competition so I don't fall or say the wrong thing. I don't make it my business to watch what others are doing during the pageant. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? I graduated from modeling school some years ago. We studied modeling and acting and it was so much fun and I learned a lot. Since then I've been in numerous fashion shows and have done a lot of promotional modeling work. I absolutely love being on the runway and in front of the camera! My dream is to walk in a "New York Fashion Week" show or "Paris Fashion Week" Show or any "Fashion Week" (smile). I'd also love to do an Old Navy, Colgate or Target Commercial - that would be totally awesome!! World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen? Currently I'm continuing to volunteer in my community to inspire young girls and help them build higher self-esteem. However, my immediate plan is to win the State Pageant in November 2019 in Columbus Ohio, with plans to compete at the National Pageant in Las Vegas, NV in February of 2020. World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? Like many people I want to leave money and houses/property/land as part of my legacy, but unlike most, I want to leave something more significant, such as books I've written containing knowledge and information for the next generation to use to elevate them to the next level in life and be successful in their future endeavors. National Director: Tanice Smith
Your Local Director: Julie Glasnapp
Pageant website: https://www.unitedstatesofamericapageants.com/ World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Cynthia Bowers-Martin USOA Mrs. Barberton Ohio 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo Credit: Ronson McDowell Stylist: Styled By R.P. MUA: Cherelle Buckner
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