Culver City crowned new royalty this month.
Marcia Zadian, 69, was crowned Ms. Senior Culver City 2013 earlier this month. Mary Nelson was the first runner-up in the pageant.
As the top two winners of the local pageant, Zadian and Nelson will advance to the Ms. Senior California pageant in August.
The women competed in four categories: a personal interview, evening gown, "philosophy of life," and talent. Carol Hess, the second runner-up, won the talent category for her performance of "Don't Rain On My Parade."
Marcia’s walk across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 60 years of age and up who have reached the ‘age of elegance’.
Zadian, who lives in Buena Park, now works as a Weight Watchers International teacher. She is formerly a bookkeeper. Zadian has won awards at county fairs for her dolls and crochet work, and she is an active volunteer. She has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. During the competition, Marcia danced to the song “Como Esta Usted” from Annette Funicello’s album "Dance Annette."
The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world's first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who have reached the ‘Age of Elegance’. It is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all Baby Boomer and Senior women. The Ms. Senior America philosophy is based upon the belief that Baby Boomers and seniors are the foundation of America, and one of our most valuable resources. It is upon their knowledge, wisdom and experience that younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society.