Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Miss World 2010: Meet Miss Namibia

  Namibia, situated in southwestern Africa, obtained their independence in 1990. It is one of the youngest republics of the planet. A little over 2 million people live in the great territorial extension of the country, making it the second least densely populated nation in the world. Namibia has a large variety of ecosystems, the Namib and Kalahari Deserts cover a considerable portion of the nation. Tourism, agriculture and mining are the back bone of the country's economy. At the world's greatest beauty contest, Namibia debuted in 1989. Two of their delegates placed in the semifinals in 1991 and 2006. The highest placement was Michelle McLean who finished as 4th runner-up in 1991. This year, Namibia will be represented in Miss World 2010 by Odile Madeline Gertze who won the Miss Namibia 2010 contest last July. proudly presents Miss Namibia 2010 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.

1.    Give us an introduction of yourself.
Hi there, my name is Odile Gertze, 22 years old and I am a proud Namibian girl, born in the capital – Windhoek.   I am passionate about life, art, nature and my country.
I currently work as a model booker, model and freelance fashion journalist. Before, I studied fashion design as I enjoy creating clothing and the artistic challenges that come with it. I always say, if it’s not a challenge, then I’m not interested :).
I love dancing, where I am qualified in ballet, contemporary and ballroom.
I also enjoy reading, theatre and game drives. I tend to act a little silly but only because I enjoy laughing. I strive to stay positive and enjoy every day to the fullest.

2.    Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Namibia, situated on the southwestern coast of Africa, is home to 2.1 million in population. Namibians are warm people, and although we have our flaws, we strive to offer exceptional hospitality. My country is a place of wide open spaces, possesses the oldest desert in the world along with the highest dunes which can be found in Sossusvlei, the 2nd largest canyon in the world (Fish River Canyon), the big five, 13 ethnic groups and breathtaking sunsets to name a few. Although I was born in Windhoek, my favorite place in Namibia is Ai Ais Hot Springs, the new jewel of NWR (Namibian Wildlife Resort). This area is spectacular with so much explore because you feel as if no one else has ever been there.  It is also the place of ‘Hot Water’, where you can find great relaxation in their hot springs. Definitely a place to put on your tourism list!

3.    What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?
I feel really honoured to represent Namibia, as this is a beautiful blessing from above to be an ambassador for my country in the 60th Miss World pageant – which is a once in a life time opportunity.

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

Since I was only crowned on the 31st of July, I am still trying to find my feet in my new life. So far, I have been involved with numerous charitable causes, dance rehearsals, fittings, photo shoots and reading up on national and international news.

5.    If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
Determined. I strive to be the best, bring out the best in everyone and enjoy the rewards of a job well done.

6.    Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I would like the charities that I begin during my reign as Miss Namibia to be successful by creating a positive driving force to the people of Namibia and the world. On a personal note, I would like to be married with children, my own fashion line ranging in clothes, shoes, accessories and fragrances. If my fashion line should not succeed. I would then like to pursue a career in fashion publication. Or Both!

7.    Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?
Poor and smart, because wisdom is more precious than silver and gold.

8.    Which well known person from your country you most admire and why? 
Minister of Justice, Honorable Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Patron for the Miss Namibia 2010. She is an incredible inspiration to Namibian women as she was part of the struggle for independence since 1974. Her persistence and drive to succeed for our country makes her a worthy role model.

9.    If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
Milan. It is a great fashion and art destination.

10.    What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
HIV/AIDS. This epidemic has hit southern Africa harder than any part of the world. 33.4 million carry the disease and 2 million of the world’s population die from AIDS every year. Even though organizations have done their best to create awareness, they have been successful in decreasing statistics considering the limited resources available, esp. in Namibia. However, I personally feel, it will be more affective to involve people who are HIV positive. I know the more that are involved with better knowledge; the more improvement will be made.

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?
The way we view situations depends on our perceptions. There is nothing wrong with a personal view as long as you do not have the motive or intention to offend.

12.    What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival? 

Interaction and forming of new friendships between the finalists, the experience of a completely new and different culture of China and the life lessons I will learn on this incredible journey.

13.    The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
Miss World 2001, Agbani Darego from Nigeria. Even though she had a difficult history (was born into a family of eight, mother died of breast cancer, and father was against her career choices) she did not allow her setbacks to stop her from following her dreams. I admire her persistence.

14.    The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
To use your talents to bring charity to the less-privileged; to promote deserving social causes; to serve as an example of purposeful living by the young and to bring honour and pride to her Nation as a representative and ambassador of goodwill.

15.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of World of Misses.

I cannot wait to meet you all and learn more about your respective countries and yourselves personally. I am very excited for the next month of the competition as I know friendships will be made where we can share this great experience together.  If I may share something with you, let it be this, ‘What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become, is your gift to God. ‘

and finally…
Star Sign: Leo
Personal Motto: Obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off the goal / Wisdom is more precious than silver and gold / Patience, practice and persistence equals perfection
Favorite Food: Creamy Chicken Pasta
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Song: I Believe in You (Ildivo feat Celine Dion) / Long Time (Shakira)
Favorite Movie: 7 Pounds/ Atonement
Favorite Book: My Sisters Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
Favorite Singer/Band: Ildivo/ Shakira
Favorite Actor/Actress: Meryl Streep/ Thandi Newton

Special Thanks:
Conny Maritz, national director of Miss World in Namibia. 
Odile Madeline Gertze, Miss Namibia 2010

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