TimesOfBeauty.com proudly presents Miss Hellas 2010 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.
I was born in Athens 22 years ago and I still live there with my parents. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Athens. In parallel I am studying psychology at the Mediterranean College in Athens. My intention is to continue my studies and acquire a Master degree in Paedagogics. I started working as a model two years ago. It’s a fascinating job, because it allows me to meet different people from all over the world.
2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Greece is a wonderful country with a great, three thousand-year-old history. It is considered the birthplace of the European civilization and of the very European idea. Thousands of miles of coastline and high snowy mountains create a unique and charming contrast. Athens is the capital city of Greece and a lively Mediterranean metropolis. Restless, even exhausting sometimes, Athens still remains fascinating and unpredictable, an attraction for millions of tourists.
3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?
Representing your country is always a great honor accompanied by a great responsibility. Winning the competition would be perfect, an ideal opportunity for promoting my career! This beauty pageant also means promotion and publicity for my beloved country, something which is equally important to me.
4. What preparations have you done so far or will you do for the Miss World final?
Physical exercising, watching my diet and, of course, modeling, are the main parts of my preparation for the final. I also watch videos from past competitions. Valuable support to my effort comes from Antenna – the Greek TV channel that is broadcasting the Star Hellas-Miss Hellas pageant – and Mr. Vassilis Prevelakis the National Director of Miss Greece Organization.
5. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
I think the greek word that describes me better is ðñïóçíÞò (prosinis) which corresponds roughly to the english amiable, friendly, gentle, gracious. I’ m a person very sociable and easy to get along with.
6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself having a large happy family, a husband that I love and two or three adorable children. This presupposes of course a successful modeling career.
7. Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?
I admit that this is a difficult choice, but I would prefer the second. I consider intelligence more important than beauty and money. Of course, beauty is not a negligible advantage and no one should feel shame for being beautiful.
8. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister. Greece is now on a difficult situation and faces a debt crisis. Papandreou gives a formidable fight in order to deal with the problem.
9. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would probably choose some other Mediterranean country, with a climate similar to Greece’s climate. But I think I could move anywhere, on one condition: to be with people that make me happy.
10. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
Famine and malnutrition in large parts of the Third World. I think that the Western governments should offer relief by canceling the Developing Countries’ debts.
11. Do you believe a beauty queen should be politically correct when answering a controversial subject question or should she express her personal views on the issue?
A beauty queen is a public figure and an icon. She therefore has to be careful not to offend anyone by accident. This does not mean that she has to suppress her personality. Self-censorship has its limits.
12. What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival?
I’m looking forward to meeting interesting persons, making new friends and learning many new things from them.
13. The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
The former winner I admire most is Irene Skliva, who won this highly regarded contest in 1996. This is the only Miss World title won by Greece till date. Skliva has participated in some of the world's largest fashion shows and she also has a happy family.
14. The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
Beauty is a gift and this gift should be used for a cause. We, the candidates, are in position to make significant social contribution. For example, we can take advantage of our publicity in order to contribute in the preservation and protection of the environment.
15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of World of Misses.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Star Sign: Pisces
Personal Motto: Be A Sun Which Dries Some One’s Tears
Favorite Food: Fish
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Song: Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
Favorite Movie: The English Patient
Favorite Book: Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”
Favorite Singer/Band: Scorpions
Favorite Actor/Actress: Javier Bardem
Vassilis Prevelakis, national director of Miss World in Greece
Manto Gasteratou, Miss Hellas 2010
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