Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.10 - Miss World Albania 2011

Albania is located on the Adriatic Sea, opposite Italy. It is a country with a population of 3.6 million, with Tirana, the capital, being the biggest city. When communism was defeated in the early 1990's and democracy was for the first time introduced to Albania, things didn't went well initially. Despite an economy close to collapse, Albania survived and recovered from those problems after the introduction of very effective free-market reforms. Albania is very mountainous with elevations over 1,000 meters. Some areas are often inaccessible from the outside. Lowlands comprise one seventh of the nation near the coast and small valleys. The coast has a Mediterranean climate but farther inland the climate is Continental with highly variable temperatures and large amounts of precipitation. Even though Albania is a small country, it is distinguished for its rich biological diversity. Over a third of the nation's area is forested and very rich in flora and fauna. Albania debuted in Miss World back in 2002 but no delegate have reached the semifinals. This year, the Balkan nation will be represented by the stunning Isi Topçiu-Ulaj, Miss World Albania 2011. 

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Isi Topçiu-Ulaj, Miss World Albania 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Isi Topçiu-Ulaj. I was born in Tirana on the 23rd of November in 1992. I come from a middle class family which provided a great base in my life. Besides primary school, my education consists of four years in economics at a professional school in Albania. At early age, I showed interest in sports like swimming, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Nowadays I have good skills in music and dance.
Whatever I did concerning these activities, which every now and then resulted in a few broken bones, I had this tendency, according to my mom, of doing things with a certain elegance. Probably that was the motive that my mom used to encourage me to get into the world of fashion, which I later embraced fully.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
I grew up in Tirana, the capital of Albania. The city has more than 300,000 inhabitants, which somehow managed to remain green after the bloody political transition of the country. My city is so colorful and it's changing everyday mostly for better. To be frank my country is as beautiful and as vulnerable in almost every aspect of life: democracy, education, economy, health, welfare etc.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Considering the transition my country is still going through in order to reach the real democracy, I see the importance of each and everyone's contribution as a significant step to make it happen. Therefore my effort at this world event gives to me a sense of great responsibility to be at my best in representing my country.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
It would be certainly Imagine by John Lennon, which is the very first “real” song I sang while playing piano and became my favorite as soon as I understood the meaning of the lyrics.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I wake up everyday at 6:30am. After getting up, I do exercises and then I take a shower. Depending on the school schedule I revise the most difficult subjects or make sure to clarify any doubt with school work.
At 7:30am, it's time for breakfast which consists of a glass of milk or orange juice and a few biscuits. At 8:15am, my lessons start and it goes on until 1:00pm. Lunch time is at 1:30pm. After that I check my e-mail, which takes approximately an hour. Then I relax a couple of hours reading a book and eventually I revise school work. At 5:00pm, I go for a walk then I come back to continue my homework. At 7:30pm, I have dinner and after that I watch my favorite show on TV. I end up my day by listening to music until I fall asleep around 10:00pm.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In ten years I see myself having a Master’s degree in Economics and trying to build up my own line of perfumes. I also see myself as a criminal psychologist.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
The person I admire the most is Vera Grabocka for her dedication to make Miss Albania a relevant and popular event. Thanks to her Albania is participating in international beauty contests since she opened the door for Albanians to do so.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
If I had to choose I’d move to the United States, specifically New York. I was very impressed with the city and what it offers when I was there last January.

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'm against the use of nuclear energy. We should focus on renewable energy to satisfy the energy demands of the population.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
In my opinion the worst kind of human injustice right now is the violence against woman and children which I find deplorable.

11. What are your duties as Miss World Albania?
My main duty as Miss World Albania is to represent in the best way possible all the characteristics of the Albanian culture, traditions and beauty at an international platform.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
At least for my experience social media encourages one to make progress, work harder and feel more self confident. That makes it very useful to a beauty pageant titleholder.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
For me, the essence of being a human being is showing respect for all other living creatures.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
I believe that one of the most important purposes in my life is being able to dedicate myself to help children in need. It is something I’ve always strived for.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
With great respect I ask your support to make my way as successful as possible so that I will be able to give my contribution to make the life of children better, hopefully as Miss World.

and finally…
Personal Motto: Don't spend too much time thinking about the future 'cause you'd neglect the present.
Personal Goal: To achieve a great level in all efforts, family included.
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Color: Turquoise Blue
Favorite Song: Imagine
Favorite Movie: City of Angels
Favorite Book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Favorite Singer/Band: Michael Bublè
Favorite Actor/Actress: Edward Norton
Favorite Hobby: Singing
Favorite Sport: Swimming


Isi Topçiu-Ulaj, Miss World Albania 2011
Vera Grabocka
, National Director of Miss World in Albania

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