Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Miss World 2010: Meet Miss Netherlands

 The Kingdom of the Netherlands is located in Northern Europe. 20% of its area and population are located on lands below sea level and 50% of the population lives on areas higher than one meter above sea level. To make these lands livable, the Netherlands have an iconic system of polders and dikes for flood control. Netherlands is known for being a liberal society, a pioneer in human rights and one of the most secular nations in the planet. This is a country that treasures a very long and rich history and was home of numerous well-known painters and writers. The Netherlands have an open and prosperous economy, the 16th largest in the world. Its capital, Amsterdam, is a world famous tourist destination with its widely renown canals. In Miss World, Netherlands debuted in 1952 and have produced two winners and many finalists and semifinalists. This year, the nation will be represented by Desirée van den Berg, who was crowned Miss Nederland 2010 last summer. proudly presents Miss Nederland 2010 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Desirée van den Berg, I'm 23 years old and I've been given the great honor to represent the Netherlands at the Miss World pageant. Currently, I'm a medical student at the University of Amsterdam and I would like to become a medical doctor specialized in fertility. I enjoy playing field hockey, dancing, reading books, but most of all I love to travel. I can't wait to meet all of the contestants of Miss World 2010 and I'm very much looking forward to the great adventure which will start soon!

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
The Netherlands is a small country in Europe where about 16 million people live. The country lies for 50% below sea level. We have beautiful landscapes with huge flower fields (especially with tulips in all kinds of colors) and characteristic windmills.  My hometown is Santpoort, a small village close to the beach and 20 minutes driving to Amsterdam (the city I study at). 
3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?
It is a great honor to me and a chance in a lifetime to meet so many people from all over the world. I hope this whole experience will leave me with sweet memories and international friends whom I can visit later on.
4. What preparations have you done so far or will you do for the Miss World final?
The only preparation I will do for the Miss World final is to make sure I let my personality shine through at all times. I'm not going to be someone I'm not, because I'm very confident about the person I became so far in life. What you see is what you get, I think that is my strength.

5. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
'Levensgenieter', which means someone who enjoys life to the fullest. To me, life is a precious gift and I want to explore as many things as possible since it has so much different things to offer.
6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I hope to be a well-respected doctor with my own fertility clinic. And I hope to have a loving husband and sweet children.  

7. Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?
That is not a difficult choice for me since I have always been more proud of my intelligence than my looks. And by choosing intelligence you increase your change is being rich greatly, so that's the smartest choice ;)

8. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Our queen Beatrix, she is already serving our country for many decades and has always done this in a very open and modern way. It's unbelievable to me that someone knows from the day they are born that they have to serve the Netherlands and can do that with much passion and dedication.
9. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
Italy, I love the climate and the people and their way of life. Also, I appreciate their food and style. But most of all, I admire their architecture and have great interest in their history.

10. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
I think a big problem facing the world today is that the world population is increasing and the world's food production is reaching it's maximum. Especially nowadays since a few years bio-fuel has been created out of food products in order to make a replacement of oil. Maybe we should rethink about bio-fuel and stimulate alternative forms of energy.

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?
If you're a beauty queen that means you are a role model. You should be careful with sharing your opinions because your opinion is valued by many people and you don't want to unnecessarily hurt them.
12. What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival?
Meeting all the contestants and making friends for life!

13. The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
Kaiane Aldorino, last year's winner. She has won over the judges with her amazing personality and showed the world that personality and brains is at least as important as beauty alone.

14. The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
You can accomplish many things when you're Miss World because it will open so many doors. And wouldn't it be great to use these doors to help people in need?

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thanks for reading my interview, I hope you enjoyed it and you're looking forward to the Miss World 2010 as much as I do!

and finally…
Star Sign: Taurus
Personal Motto:  Carpe diem (seize the day)
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Color: Cyan
Favorite Song: Rock your baby- George McCrae
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Book: Land of the living- Nicci French
Favorite Singer/Band: Fleetwood Mac
Favorite Actor/Actress: Julianne Moore

Special Thanks:
Kim Kötter, national director of Miss World in the Netherlands
Desirée van den Berg, Miss Nederland 2010

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