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Quinn Teechma via otter pr for use by 360 magazine

Quinn Teechma

Quinn Teechma, actress, photographer, and Miss Universe Canada 2022 finalist, often marvels at how social media has made our world so much larger and so much smaller at the same time.

Quinn is well aware of how large the world can be, but how small it seems when making connections with people. 

Quinn’s extensive travel, beginning in early childhood, has shaped her worldview and informed her approach to supporting the myriad of platforms championed by the Miss Universe Canada organization.

A World View from an Early Age

Quinn considers herself fortunate to have been given a chance to travel the world from the tender age of one year old. Her parents embraced learning about different cultures and set out to give their children real-world experience.

“I believe seeing and learning about other cultures has brought awareness to my perspective,” explains Quinn.

The sometimes stark reality experienced by other children worldwide stayed with Quinn. Knowing what chances others may not have, Quinn set out to work hard on her various goals and provide well for herself and her family. 

She was inspired in other ways as well, knowing that wherever her life led her, she wanted to give back.

“I will never forget walking the streets of Nepal with my father when I was 12 years old,” remembers Quinn, “I saw children sleeping in garbage piles, saw them sniffing bottles of glue. At the time, I didn’t understand the concept of getting high, but it still impacted me. It inspired me to work hard to build a platform for myself, so I could effect change on a global scale,” said Quinn.

You’ve Come a Long Way

The pageant world often attracts a bad rap, one that Quinn fully acknowledges, yet she cautions people against believing the negative talk regarding pageantry. 

“Beauty pageants have come a long way. It’s not just about being skinny and curling your hair,” she says, “These days pageants have evolved. It’s about what you stand for. What causes are important to you, what difference are you making in our society.” 

The evolution of the pageant circuit was a draw for Quinn, who was attracted to their support for various platforms that helped people in Canada and around the world. Remembering what she had learned through her childhood travels, Quinn knew she could reach a global audience for causes close to her heart through the pageant.

The Miss Universe Canada pageant elevates causes such as Operation Smile, SOS Children’s Villages, and Habitat for Humanity.

Empowering Women

Closest to Quinn’s heart are platforms that work towards empowering girls and women. 

“My true passion is helping everyday women feel like the queens they are,” Quinn says. She opened her boudoir photography studio in hopes of helping women fall back in love with themselves and their bodies. 

Much like boudoir photography helps women embrace their beauty, inside and out, Quinn feels the Miss Universe Canada organization does the same. 

“Pageants inspire millions of young girls across the universe to be better and do better,” she says. 

Actively inspiring women to actively promote positive change in the world is one of the most important aspects of the Miss Universe Canada pageant and pageants in general. Pageants often encourage women to look inward and to build self-awareness and confidence. This developed tenacity that pageants give women allows them to spread confidence to others through their various platforms.

Quinn Teechma has built a life of service and empowering her fellow women with inspiration sparked by world travels. Her worldview and experiences have led her to know herself better.

“Knowing oneself and standing tall with confidence is the most powerful tool you can have stepping into the real world.”




Bravo Media is stepping up its sales game with top New York City realtor Ryan Serhant in the new docu-series “Sell It Like Serhant,” premiering Wednesday, April 11 at 10pm ET/PT. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – if you know your client and your product, a good salesperson can sell anything to anyone, and no one exemplifies this better than Ryan Serhant, the leader of one of the top real estate teams in the United States. In this new series, Ryan answers the call of struggling salespeople across multiple industries who are on the brink of losing their jobs and are desperate for his expertise. With some tough love and humor, Ryan will give underperforming employees a head-to-toe business overhaul and turn them into sales machines.

In each episode, Ryan takes a deep dive into each protégé’s world, using every trick in the book to become their bootcamp instructor, friend, teacher and even customer, to help them reach their full potential. Ryan goes all in, often hilariously so, as he learns the ropes of different industries that are somewhat foreign to a “Million Dollar” broker – from learning to sell services in a waxing salon, to learning the world of high stakes hot tub sales, he will push his students, and himself, to the limit. As he tries their products and tests their sales skills, he gets to the root of what’s troubling each salesperson, breaking them down and building them back up with expert knowledge and newfound confidence. Ultimately, employees will be put to the test each week when he or she will showcase their new skills in full view of their bosses and hopefully prove they can “Sell it Like Serhant.”

Meet Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant’s first day in the real estate business was on September 15, 2008, the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the subprime mortgage collapse. While the real estate sector has slowly recovered, Serhant has become one of the most successful brokers in the world, with agents under his leadership in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and the Hamptons. Ryan is known to audiences all over the world as one of the stars of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing: New York. Serhant is recognized as a real estate powerhouse. His team at Nest Seekers International sold just under $1B in real estate in 2017 and consistently ranks in the top five real estate teams nationwide in the Wall Street Journal Real Trends annual review, with Serhant consistently the youngest team leader in the top ten. As a real estate expert he is a frequent contributor to CNN, CNBC, The Today Show and Bloomberg TV, and is often quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the real estate correspondent for Daily Mail TV, a nationally syndicated television show and he recently launched his own vlog. Serhant is an active supporter of nonprofit organizations including DKMS, Operation Smile, Save the Children, Make a Wish, the Human Rights Campaign, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Pink Agenda and UNICEF, among others. After graduating Hamilton College in 2006 with twin degrees in English literature and theatre, Serhant headed to New York City to pursue an acting career before becoming a successful real estate broker. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Emilia.

“Sell It Like Serhant” is produced by World of Wonder with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Danielle King serving as Executive Producers along with Ryan Serhant and Rob Bola as Co-Executive Producers.

Jordin Sparks Kicks Off the Lay’s Smiles Experience in NYC!

Lay’s Is On A Mission To Spread Smiles Across America

From Smile-Inducing Bags to Operation Smile Partnership to a Pop-Up Experience, New “Smile with Lay’s” Campaign Spotlights the Power of a Smile

Your favorite Lay’s potato chip flavors are about to bring a smile to your face for more reasons than one.

Lay’s – one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division – is on a mission to spread smiles in 2018. The brand is releasing specially designed bags featuring infectious smiles to create a ripple effect of smiles across the country in support of a life-changing cause.

(Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Lay’s)

For every purchase of Lay’s specially designed bags, a donation will be made to Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity dedicated to improving the health and lives of children and young adults worldwide who suffer from cleft conditions by providing access to safe surgical care. With support from Multi-Platinum Recording Artist and Actress Jordin Sparks and the launch of a three-day pop-up Lay’s Smiles Experience in New York City, Lay’s is giving fans the opportunity to see the power of sharing a smile.

“Lay’s wants to remind everyone that their smiles can make a difference in other people’s lives,” said Sarah Guzman, senior director of marketing, Lay’s. “As a brand that has been celebrating joy for more than 75 years, our ‘Smile with Lay’s’ campaign features a partnership with Operation Smile so that each time someone gets a Lay’s Smile bag, they also help to give a smile to a child in need.”

A recent Lay’s survey found that Americans believe that smiling makes a positive difference not only in their lives, but also in the lives of others. Nine out of 10 people said seeing other people smile makes them happy and a staggering amount of people (95 percent) also agreed they would smile more often if they knew it could brighten someone’s day.

(Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Lay’s)

“Our brain mimics emotions we see in others, allowing us to experience what they are feeling so we can better respond,” said Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage. “Since smiles are contagious, we need to make a conscious effort to smile more ourselves so that we can start creating a positive ripple effect with others. Research in my new book Big Potential shows the power of this ‘virtuous cycle’ – when you smile, it spreads to those around you, and then comes full circle back to you. One simple smile shows how connected we are to each other.”

Partnership with Jordin Sparks

Americans need a reminder to smile more often. Nine out of 10 Americans surveyed in the Lay’s study agree people need to smile more, with nearly 70 percent agreeing that, if we all smiled more, the world would be a more positive place. That’s why Lay’s kicks off its mission to spread smiles this week with the support of singer and Operation Smile celebrity ambassador, Jordin Sparks. With a recognizably infectious smile herself, Sparks is helping launch Lay’s Smiles Experience featuring unique installations designed to make its guests grin from ear to ear. The fun and smile-inducing experience is located in the heart of New York City at 4 Times Square between W 42nd St. and W. 43rd St. and open to the public from Thursday, February 8 – Saturday February 10 from 11:00 AM EST – 6:30 PM EST.

(Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Lay’s)

“Smiling is something that comes so naturally to me that it’s hard to ever imagine what it would feel like if I couldn’t share my smile with the world,” said Jordin Sparks. “That’s why I’m so honored to partner with Lay’s and Operation Smile as we encourage people to simply smile for a good cause. We have the opportunity and ability to help spread smiles and make a difference in so many kids’ lives one smile at a time.”

Fans can find Lay’s specially designed bags on store shelves in retail locations nationwide starting February 12 through April 7. To support Lay’s in its mission to spread millions of smiles, fans are encouraged to get a smile and give a smile. For every bag purchased, a donation will be made to Operation Smile up to $1 million. Starting in late February, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase custom Lay’s bags featuring their own smile at