Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Miss World 2010: Meet Miss Bolivia

Bolivia has been a landlocked nation since 1879, when it lost its coastal department of Litoral to Chile in the War of the Pacific. However, it does have access to the Atlantic via the Paraguay River. Many ecological zones are represented within Bolivia's territory. The western highlands of the country are situated in the Andes and include the Bolivian Altiplano. The eastern lowlands include large sections of Amazonian rainforests and the Chaco Plain. The highest peak is Nevado Sajama at 6,542 meters. Lake Titicaca is located on the border between Bolivia and Peru and is where the Uros people live on floating islands. It is a popular tourist destination in the nation. The Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, lies in the southwest corner of the country. Bolivia is a developing country whose main economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, and manufacturing goods such as textiles, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin. The nation debuted in Miss World in 1960 and have produced four semifinalist, the latest being Helen Aponte in 2003. This year, María Teresa Roca Córdova will be the representative from Bolivia in Miss World 2010.
 TimesOfBeauty.com proudly presents Miss Bolivia Mundo 2010 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I am María Teresa Roca, a lawyer by profession. I am the representative and spokesman for Bolivia in the next Miss World. I am a simple person, happy and fun but also very supportive and sensitive to human pain.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
I was born in Trinidad, a town of Beni. It is a very interesting alternative for those tourists who wish to live and witness of nature, a very warm climate, where the exuberance and color of the diversity of flora and fauna are endless.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?
It is definitely a great opportunity to be the ambassador of Bolivia to discuss the tourism potential of my country but above all to raise awareness of the great problems of an underdeveloped Bolivia, where poverty is the root of many evils, hunger and malnutrition, crime and violence, with hundreds of thousands of children without access to education. Without doubt, Bolivians are going through difficult times, but the enthusiasm and hope we have is amazing. I'm sure that Bolivia awaits better fortune in the not too distant future.

4. What preparations have you done so far or will you do for the Miss World final?
I'm doing my best to excel in each of the preliminary competitions of the event. My Beauty with a Purpose project will focus on child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. I practice artistic gymnastics since I was young and I'm passionate about acting. I hope to make a good demonstration of my talents to the world. I follow a very healthy diet to maintain a healthy body, which I hope is my letter of introduction to various sports competitions.

5. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
Overactive, because to achieve the proposed goals and dreams and start to cause positive changes in my community I have to be all the time on the move.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
As a successful woman in all areas in which the human being grows: spiritual, emotional and affective as well as mental. I see myself continuing working in my profession and support my family as a mother. I also see myself providing and continually serving my community because it is always necessary to have solidarity with our people.

7. Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?
I am indifferent, because if I'm poor but clever I can be rich and being rich and beautiful and I can use that image and resources to do something on behalf of my community that need it.

8. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I deeply admire Pedro Shimose, born in Beni. He is a poet, novelist, essayist and journalist who has transcended borders with its literary productions have been translated into more than seven different languages and dealing with national identity and social liberation as important as a visible sign of the dignity of all men.

9. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I love Bolivia. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the nine beautiful parts of my country and I am so proud of this diversity of cultures, climates and ecosystems. It is the heart of South America. However, from experience, I can say that I adapt easily to changes.

10. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
Undoubtedly the environmental problem in the world is the biggest problem, which we are all responsible. We need develop actions and initiatives that help create awareness among all citizens of the world to promote environmental care and leave as a legacy to future generations a healthy planet rich in resources.

11. What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival?
I'm going with all the expectations to excel in this event which brings together over 100 women from around the world. It is a beauty contest that used to project a multifaceted woman who is capable of leaving a legacy in society.

12. The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
It is difficult to name just one because each has been elected Miss World in different situations and had different opportunities and charity platforms.

13. The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
It’s fundamental. It is no use having a crown on the head by vanity. You must use the crown to do something in favor of others. I am leading a project that I hope that it awakes the world, so it is no longer a taboo and a problem alien to our eyes, and thus begin to give the necessary importance to change this situation which undermines the most basic human rights.

14. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you for all the support because without their help I would not have been possible to get here. And I urge all Bolivians and supporters worldwide who continue to put their vote of confidence in me. I have prepared for this challenge and so I will continue working to be the next Miss World and thus be part of all projects in a world that increasingly needs.

and finally…
Star Sign: Pisces
Personal Motto: Vivir para ser feliz
Favorite Food: Roast Beef
Favorite Color: Pink, white and black
Favorite Song: Amiga Mia by Alejandro Sanz
Favorite Movie: Life is Beautiful
Favorite Book: Madurez de Osho
Favorite Singer/Band: Laura Pausini, Alejandro Sanz
Favorite Actor/Actress: Cameron Díaz, Anthony Hopkins

Special Thanks:
Tatiana Limpias, from Promociones Gloria
María Teresa Roca Córdova, Miss Bolivia Mundo 2010

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