Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.18 - Miss Srbije 2011

Serbia has connected West with East for centuries. It is located in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, in southeastern Europe. The northern portion belongs to central Europe, but in terms of geography and climate it is also partly a Mediterranean country. Serbia is landlocked but as a Danube country it is connected to distant seas and oceans. Serbia is a crossroads of Europe and a geopolitically important territory. The international roads and railway lines, which run through the country, form the shortest link between Western Europe and the Middle East. From the agricultural regions of the Pannonian Plain in the north, across the fertile river valleys and orchard-covered hills of Šumadija, the landscape of Serbia continues southward, gradually giving way to mountains rich in canyons, gorges and caves, as well as well-preserved forests. The cultural and historical heritage of Serbia begins with prehistoric archaeological sites and its legacy from classical antiquity. There are the many medieval Serbian churches and monasteries, some of which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Serbia is a modern, democratic European country, on the path to membership of the European Union. Serbia debuted in Miss World 2006. This year, the nation will be represented by the spectacular Milica Tepavac, Miss Srbije 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Milica Tepavac, Miss Srbije 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
My name is Milica Tepavac. I am 23 years old. I come from Novi Sad, the capital city of Vojvodina, a region in Serbia. Novi Sad is one of the most beautiful cities in Serbia; it lies on river Danube, and has rich history which includes many different nations that live in peace and harmony for many centuries. I study Serbian literature and I show a lot of interest in history. By winning the beauty contest Miss Serbia for Miss World 2011 I got a scholarship from R&B College, thanks to Miss Yu Company.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown
One thing that characterizes Serbia is that it is a small country, but with a very long and rich history, starting from the 11th century. It is located in southeastern Europe, and is part of Balkan Peninsula. We are maybe a small country, but we have great representatives worldwide, in many different areas like sports, science and literature. We are especially proud of our scientist Nikola Tesla, whose work affected the global development of science and technology. We have many awarded writers, but one them that left mark on World literature is Ivo Andric, the winner of Nobel prize. I think that everybody heard about tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is currently number one ranked player on ATP list. I live in Novi Sad, a city located on the north of the Serbia. It has population of 400.000 people. Some say that Novi Sad is one the most beautiful cities in Serbia. It celebrates a famous festival, that takes place on beautiful fortress of Petrovaradin, which is located on the other side of Danube, and everybody who visits Novi Sad gets fascinated by that fortress.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a great honor to represent my country on this prestigious competition. Our nation is known as a land of very beautiful people, so I have great responsibility to represent my country as best as I can. I would like to inspire people to visit Serbia, so they can see that we are very hospitable nation. Also, on this contest I have an opportunity to meet and learn many things about other people cultures and customs.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
It would defiantly be Je Veux by Zaz, because it describes that friendship is most valuable thing in the world and it cannot be replaced by material things.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
As I said I study Serbian literature, and I spend most of my time in the library with my colleagues. On my free time I take classical dance classes. I also like to spend my free time reading a good book with a cup of tea.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself as a professor of Serbian literature. I think that one of the most beautiful professions is working with young people who wants to learn something about art, in this case literature.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
This is a very complex matter, because we have many successful people in our history, but the person I most admire is Ivo Andric, because he is a great writer. Ever since I was a young girl a have read everything that he wrote. He had a great personality and because of that he was recognized by the Nobel literature committee because of his novel "Na Drini ćuprija" (The bridge on the Drina).

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose France. I had an opportunity to spend one month in Paris, and during that period I was impressed with French culture and architecture. People from many different nations live in Paris, and that’s one of the things that links Paris with Novi Sad. French language is very sensual, especially if you read poetry.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
I think that every human being should develop a conscience about saving planet Earth and its environment, so I support every action that will reduce global warming, pollution and possible catastrophes.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I think that worst kind of human injustice is directed to women position in underdeveloped societies. In many cultures women aren’t treated equally, they don’t have a basic right of choice, or any kind of alternative. Of course, there are many injustices considering different social groups, like skin color, but I think that the root of problem lies in family relations. Family should represent base for equality. When we achieve that, we can expect global tolerance and equality between social groups.

11. What are your duties as Miss Serbia?
My duties are to set an example for young people in Serbia, by promoting values of modern, healthy and cultural life in a multi-ethnic society. My goal is to present how important is environment, education and tolerance between different social groups.

12. What role can social media (ex. Face book, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
As any other media, social networks, can help in communication between people. Social networks help me to promote my goals, my attitudes and my principles as the titleholder.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Humans are only species in the world that have common sense, therefore we have great responsibility in respecting rights and needs within our population, and nature in general. There are many species of flora and fauna that are endangered by our fault.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
I feel that my purpose is to educate young people, to expand their horizons so they can spend their lives consecrated. Vesna Jugovic as the Miss World beauty pageant License holder and Miss Yu company director helps protecting children with disabilities and saving the environment, and I, as a winner of beauty pageant Miss Serbia for Miss World 2011, have the honor to be a part of that team.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty
When you watch this prestigious competition, I want you to forget the physical beauty for a moment and pay attention to the inner beauty of each and every girl. In that moment you will realize the real aim and task of this competition.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Life is miracle.
Personal Goal: Personal and professional success
Personal Dream Destination: Hawaii
Favorite Food: Serbian national kitchen
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: ZAZ – Je veux
Favorite Movie: Inception
Favorite Book: Cosmetics enemy
Favorite Singer/Band: Edith Piaf
Favorite Actor/Actress: Al Pacino
Favorite Hobby: Dancing
Favorite Sport: Basketball

Vesna Jugovic, National Director of Miss World in Serbia, Director of Miss Yu Company
Rajna Dancevic
, Miss Yu Company Assistant
Milica Tepavac
, Miss Srbije 2011


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