Monday, September 20, 2010

Miss World 2010: Meet Miss Egypt

Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most fascinating and mysterious monuments and temples. Its ancient ruins are important archeological sites and are considered patrimony of the humanity. For centuries, Egypt's life have depended on the Nile River where the only arable and agricultural land is found on this mysterious nation. Most of Egypt's population lives near the Nile River and a small portion inhabit the Sahara Desert. At the world's greatest beauty contest, Egypt debuted in 1953 and won the pageant in 1954 with Antigone Costanda. Egypt will be represented in Miss World 2010 by Sara El-Khouly, who won the Miss Egypt World 2010 title last July. proudly presents Miss Egypt World 2010 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.

1.  Give us an introduction of yourself.

My father is from Egypt and my mother is Croatian but I was born in Libya and grew up in Dubai. However that hasn’t kept me away from Egypt. I go there often and love it very much. I am 22  years old. I was born on February 15th which makes me an Aquarius. This explains why I am creative, social, laid back, spontaneous, adventurous and a bit sensitive. I am also extremely patient and calm. I don’t get irritated easily.
I study in the American University of  Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. Just like most girls my age, I love fashion, music, reading, traveling, photography and last but not least “chocolate”. As bad as it sounds I am a shopaholic, I love clothes, I am such a girl when it comes to shopping. But there are two things I love more than shopping and that would be music and the beach. I am so passionate about music and I like almost every genre of music. The beach is my escape into a magical world. I have one brother who is 3 years younger, I love him like I love nobody else and he is not only my brother but also my best friend.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Wow! I could go on and on about Egypt. It is a country that is so rich in history, a country that consists of 80 million people, a country that has two of the Seven Wonders of the World, a country that won 4 noble prizes and I will be representing that very country in Miss World. It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever received in my life.  Did you know that the pyramids are the very last remaining ancient wonder of the world?  In the list of the new Wonders of the World , they have been given the honorary status. The only surgeon to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth was an Egyptian doctor, Sir Magdi Yacoub and last but not least in 1954 an Egyptian delegate, Antigone Costanda, won the crown of Miss World =) ! 

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?
I am beyond excited, happy and grateful for such a privilege. It is a great honor to represent a country and a country that I love very much. Sometimes I still don’t believe it because honestly speaking it’s a huge deal to represent a whole country in such a prestigious event as Miss World. To me, representing Egypt in Miss World would be to try and portrait Egypt as beautiful and wonderful as it really is!       

4. What preparations have you done so far or will you do for the Miss World final?

I have started my preparations right after being crowned as Miss Egypt World. I used to eat anything and everything, that is no longer the case. I stick to a very strict but healthy diet, all the yummy good stuff (chocolates, nachos, chips) are out of the question for quite some time! Other than dieting, there is my work out of course. Work out is simple and consists of light workout at the gym, track, swimming and Pilates. A lot of traveling is also going on, visiting designers, deciding on dresses and a traditional dancing costume. I have also been working on different charities whether in Egypt, Dubai or abroad. I have been reading a lot more lately either to relax or to educate myself more about things that I can benefit from. I am also meeting a lot of different people that I am learning a lot from and I am really glad I have been given that opportunity. However I am taking this semester off university so I could devote all my time to Miss World and to my duties as Miss Egypt World. There are a lot of things going on and I'd like to remain focused, avoid any sort of stress or negative energy. I will also start pageant training in a matter of days which I am looking forward to!       

5. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
نعومة The exact meaning would be “gentle” but in this case it means is that I am delicate or gentle. (as in feminine)

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Oh no! I don’t like questions as such. I never think into the future, I never have and probably never will because first of all, I don’t know whether I’ll be alive tomorrow and second of all, life is full of surprises. I know what I am doing now which is studying about the things I am interested in, traveling to different places to get to know more about the world, accomplishing a lot of things that I am really happy about and I know those things that I just mentioned will provide me with a secured future and that’s what matters most. I go with the flow, fight the challenges that come along the way, conquer my tasks and enjoy every moment that I can.       

7. Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?
That is one tricky question. See if you asked ‘beautiful and stupid’ or ‘poor and smart’ , I definitely with no doubt choose ‘poor and smart’ but in this case, I choose ‘beautiful and rich’. Not for the glamour of it but if I am rich and beautiful that shouldn’t necessarily mean that I am not as smart. There are so many beautiful and rich women who are known for their accomplishments and the great things they have done such as Tyra Banks, Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, etc.  Money can do a lot but money is not everything, beauty is powerful but beauty does not last forever, smartness is a gift but not everyone who has it, uses it for good purposes. You can be all three if you want to be, beautiful, rich and smart =)

8. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?

Sir Magdi Yacoub, as I mentioned previously, he was the only surgeon to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth. He is known for being the surgeon who has performed the most transplants in the world. He has also improved the heart transplant surgery and patient care due to his research and interest. Even though he retired back in 2001, he still continues to head his research to this day. Sir Magdi Yacoub saved so many lives not only by performing surgeries but also by his charity , “Chain of Hope”. Chain of Hope is known for sending medics to third world countries to treat children with heart problems, it is also known for its host families that take care of these children and for its generous donations.  Sir Magdi Yacoub is a man that I do not know personally but yet I love very much because of all the great things he has done. I look up to him and I can only hope that the future will have people just like him. May God bless him.

9. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I don’t know, that’s a hard question when you have so many beautiful countries to choose from.  Perhaps Lebanon because it has everything, natural snow (yes “natural”, in Dubai there is “fake snow”, really cool but not as cool as natural snow), beautiful mountains and beaches, the weather is lovely, people are so welcoming and it is always full of life. Don’t let me get started on the food, the shops and all the beautiful places you could just spend hours walking in.      

10. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
In my opinion it would be Human Trafficking. Human trafficking has been ranked as the second largest criminal industry, after the smuggling of drugs. It is said to be the fastest growing criminal industry and has also topped drug smuggling in Europe. In 2003 it was estimated that 800,000-900,000 people were trafficked worldwide, against their own will, in 2009 an estimated number of 1,500,000,000-2,000,000,000 people were being trafficked every year worldwide against their own will. Victims of human trafficking, consist of men, women and children. Men are mostly used for forced labor and women, including children are used for forced sexual purposes -sexual exploitation. Children as young as six years old are being trafficked and forced to do horrific things. I think it is heart breaking and inhumane.
Human trafficking is slavery. President Abraham Lincoln put an end to slavery back in 1863 but it is sad to know that slavery still exists to this very day, in such a modern world and is growing year by year. Human Trafficking is defying basic freedom rights. This should be put to a stop, presidents of many nations are speaking of Human Trafficking and there have been several conferences and supportive centers for Human Trafficking however if we raise more awareness concerning this issue  and make it known to everyone we could all join the fight and help this come to an end. We can build more supportive centers for victims, provide them with the medical and physiological treatment they need, track down the criminal groups behind this and also the consumers that demand this sort of thing, etc…

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?

I believe a beauty queen should be honest and sincere. When speaking of a controversial subject she should express her personal views as long as she does not offend or condescend anyone. 
12. What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival?
A whole lot! I could go on and on about this for a whole day. It's Miss World! I am looking forward to every single day of the whole month that we’ll be spending in China! I believe this will be the best time of my life  and I honestly can’t wait.
13. The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
Aishwarya Rai, 1994. She is beautiful, humble, down to earth, carries herself well, successful, not only an amazing model but also a great actress. She was the first Bollywood actress to appear on Oprah Winfrey's show in 2005, she was ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world and I love how she answered the final question in Miss World 1994. The audience applauded and cheered for her before she even finished her answer. She was so genuine and she truly deserved the crown. 
14. The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
Beauty with a Purpose is about being beautiful inside out. Just being pretty won’t get you the crown, it is much deeper than that. All the previous Miss Worlds have set a great example for us. They were all beautiful women that contributed to different charity organizations, made a difference and had a sense of social responsibility.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of World of Misses.
Enjoy every moment you can, life is beautiful and deserves appreciation =D Much Love!

and finally…
Star Sign: Aquarius
Personal Motto: “Just beat it” – Michael Jackson
Favorite Food: Nutella! (with a spoon, no bread)
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Song: I gotta a feeling by Black Eyed Peas and Pretty Woman by Elvis
Favorite Movie: Trade
Favorite Book: A Child Called It – David Pezler and Mayada, Daughter of Iraq- Jean Sasson
Favorite Singer/Band: Elvis Presley and David Guetta
Favorite Actor/Actress: Amitah Bachan

Special Thanks:
Youssef Spahi, national director of Miss World in Egypt
Ahmed Khorshed, assistant Miss Egypt Organization
Sara El-Khouly, Miss Egypt World 2010

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