Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.13 - Miss International Guadeloupe 2011

Guadeloupe is located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It is an overseas department of France and therefore part of the European Union. Despite its political relation with France, Guadeloupe has a distinct culture and traditions defined by an unique blend of French, Amerindian and African influences. Guadeloupe consists of two main islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, which are divided by a narrow channel called Salt River. The islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante come under jurisdiction of Guadeloupe. Basse-Terre is volcanic and very mountainous, while Grande-Terre features rolling hills and flat plains. Guadeloupe culture is widely known because of its literary achievements prolonged today by writers, poets and novelists. Also culturally important are the arts, particularly sculpting and painting. The Caribbean archipelago debuted in Miss World back in 2003. This year the exotic Miss International Guadeloupe 2011, Frédérique Violaine Grainville, will represent Guadeloupe in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Frédérique Violaine Grainville, Miss International Guadeloupe 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Frédérique Violaine Grainville and I am 20 years old. I have a Bachelor's degree in geography and I began international marketing studies. I love traveling, discovering countries and being amazed at all the cultures. Quite as my family and friends, I attach a big importance to education and open-mindedness but also universal values such as the brotherhood, the solidarity, the self-respect, the others and the nature. Because of this, I remain very sensitive to the difficulties that mother earth meets at present and will make one day part of these great men who worked at a better world.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Guadeloupe is a french speaking island located in the Caribbean and member of the French West Indies, which speak the same Creole language.
Due to its advantageous geographical situation, it possesses a humid tropical climate and a variety of gorgeous landscapes. My country also has many white sand beaches with turquoise waters that justify its tourists' appeal and a great biological diversity which makes its flora and fauna world famous. Endowed with good creole dishes in the audacious flavors, punctuated by captivating musics and dances, the island is busy all year long. This small paradise in the shape of butterfly is to come to discover absolutely.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Representing my island in the most prestigious international beauty contest is a real honor. I am thus going to give my best so that my country will shine all over the world so that the investment of Miss International Guadeloupe committee and the support of people are rewarded. Participating in the 61st Miss World final also means the realization of my dreams through an experience which I know will be unforgettable.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
The song Superwoman of Alicia Keys is the one that the best describes me, as a committed, loving and admirable woman. The melody as the lyrics have meaning, power as well as some sweetness. It is this both inner and outer beauty which characterizes me. The sincerity, simplicity and naturalness of this artist are very important to me.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I am a hard worker and I wake up early. It is my cat Didoo who takes care of waking me up. Between the university, the sport, the modelling, my family and my friends, my typical day is very busy. But since winning the contest, none of my days are similar. Every moment is unique and precious.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I see myself fulfilled by a successful career and a wonderful husband. I will have created my family and have adopted toddlers from other places. While I will cover my parents and my little family of love, I will lend my reputation in the service of humanitarian and environmental causes.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
My island is full of very talented well-known persons. Among them, the famous Babette de Rozières. This Guadeloupian chef proposes gastronomic dishes healthy, greedy and inspired by all the cultures, always with a creole touch. Just like the beautiful Kathleen Rozas, stylist who dresses me for the dress of the better designer and for the Miss World finale, Babette de Rozières combines her immense talent to the charisma and the sense of humor which make of her an exceptional woman.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I always wanted to travel and to work all over the world. I travel enormously and every time I visit a country I fall in love with it. But since I was a child, Australia has always attracted me by its dynamism and its openness. It is true that this dream destination reminds me the sun, the beaches and the multiculturalism of my island but it is in Guadeloupe where I want to live all my life. I love my country.

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?
The disaster of Japan will have serious human, material and environmental consequences for centuries, with the largest nuclear responsibility. On the other hand, the oil fields are threatened with exhaustion. We have to protect more than ever our Mother Earth and continue our development in safety by focusing on the renewable energy, the nuclear by not making part of it. The global attention that followed the disaster of Sendai is now the opportunity to catch up our mistakes, all countries together, by managing us towards environmentally friendlier solutions.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The famine which affects severely East Africa is the worst human injustice taking place now. Children and adults die every day of hunger, under the glance of the whole world. We necessarily have to continue to mobilize us and to show our solidarity to these peoples in distress.

11. What are your duties as Miss International Guadeloupe?
As a Beauty Queen, I have 3 main duties:
- Respect my title and honor the opportunity offered to me. Having a good behavior, a healthy living and a pleasant personality are essential.
- Giving my best during my participation in Miss World and promote my island and the treasures it offers. The strength, the dynamism and the warmth of Guadeloupe will be my greatest triumph cards at the pageant.
- Put my image, my will and my capacities for the benefit of charities. Humanitarian and ecological causes are moreover a part of my daily fight.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
The social media allows me to communicate with my friends all around the world, to expand my professional contacts and to make new friends. But social media contains risks. Thus each of us has to use it for the common good, as a tool for cultural exchanges, sharing traditions and especially solidarity.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
A human being is endowed with the ability to think at the same time that the capacity to feel. These characteristics are unique to human and make all his greatness just like Gandhi or Churchill.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My goal in life is to make a career in the media and be recognized internationally. However, in reality, the most important to me is that I make my loved ones and many other people happy so that I will be happy in return.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Each of us aspires to succeed in life, whereas we continually encounter obstacles in our way. But know that everything is possible and you should work hard to make your dreams come true one day. Never lose hope. We all can...

and finally...
Personal Motto: "The dreams that you dreamed of dreams really do come true " by IZ (Over the rainbow)
Personal Goal: Be a commited and influent journalist, art director and producer
Personal Dream Destination: Australia
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: Over the Rainbow by IZ
Favorite Movie: Avatar by James Cameron
Favorite Book: All Marise Condé Books
Favorite Singer/Band: Norah Jones
Favorite Actor/Actress: Angelina Jolie
Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Favorite Sport: Riding


Kathleen Rozas
, Miss International Guadeloupe 2011 Pageant Director
Georges Nandan
, National Director of Miss World in Guadeloupe
Frédérique Violaine Grainville
, Miss International Guadeloupe 2011

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