Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.16 - Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011

Bolivia is one of the two landlocked countries in South America. The nation is named after Simón Bolivar, a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence. Many ecological zones are present in the Bolivian territory. The western highlands are located in the Andes Mountains and include the Bolivian Plateau. The eastern lowlands include portions of the Amazon rainforest and the Chaco Plain. Bolivia is widely known because of two of their natural wonders: Lake Titicaca and the Salar de Uyuni. Lake Titicaca sits over 3,800 meters above sea level between Bolivia and Peru and it is the largest lake in South America. The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat. When covered with water, the Salar becomes one of the largest mirrors on Earth. Bolivia's ethnic distribution is 30% Quechua-speaking and 25% Aymara-speaking with more than half of the population being Amerindians. In 2009, a new constitution changed the country's name from the Republic of Bolivia to the Plurinational State of Bolivia in recognition of the multi-ethnic nature of the country. Major cities include La Paz, the administrative capital, Sucre, the constitutional capital and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the city with the largest population. Bolivia debuted in Miss World 1960 and the last time it placed in the semifinals was in 2003. This year, Yohana Vaca Guzmán, Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011, will represent her country in London.

 The Times of Beauty proudly presents Yohana Vaca Guzmán, Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I consider myself a successful woman. I feel proud of representing my beautiful Bolivia internationally. I am a strong woman that overcomes her problems and adversities. I fight for what I want and for what I want to be. I know I can achieve my goals because I have faith and I believe in myself.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Bolivia is a country blessed by God. It has a lot of diversity in its geography, ethnicity, cultures, languages and traditions. I come from Santa Cruz in the Eastern Bolivia lowlands. It is characterized by its warmth and for its happy, hard working and hospitable people.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
For me it is an honor and a responsibility to bring to the world the image of my country and its people. I do it with a lot of enthusiasm.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I choose Imagine from John Lennon. I love this song because I share all the dreams expressed in the lyrics: a world without wars, without death, with every men and women as brothers and sisters sharing what the world offer to us.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I wake up every day with a good attitude. I dedicate time to my violin classes. I work during the day with my humanitarian project at the San Jose Children’s Home. I like to write at the end of the day about the highlights of the day. I do an hour and a half of fitness and gym.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself as a fully realized person with my own company. I see my old objectives fulfilled and new ones coming up. I see my children’s charity project growing and I see myself with a very solid home filled with love.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
One of the people I’ve always admired is Dr. Melchor Pinto Parada because he was a symbolic man that during the last century marked inside the civil and political environment a great period of defense for the territorial integrity and natural resources of Bolivia. He always defended the rights and duties of the citizens by universal and constitutional principles. He revolutionized medicine with new and modern methods in surgery. He served his country as a medic in the Chaco War and was a civil leader that promoted the creation of subcommittees uniting the eastern communities of Bolivia. He proposed the financial autonomy that would provide us the product of the petroleum royalties which would be the only way to solve the infrastructure problems of the region. As a civil leader he was an example of bravery to defend his community against all kinds of threats even if by that he putted his interests and family at risk. He gave Santa Cruz and the east the Civil Committee which was successful in getting the approval of the Petroleum Royalties Law. 

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would like to live in India. I admire this country because of its cultural and spiritual richness. I think that in this country you can find ways to find yourself, know yourself and project yourself better with a positive influence to others while aiming to build a better world for everyone.

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 am in favor of the planet and human beings and in favor of every type of energy that benefits them. Every type of energy is welcomed as long as it doesn’t harm the planet and every living creature.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Every type of injustice is saddening. I believe the worst one is when poor people suffer of famine while others irresponsibly waste food and I feel that is unacceptable.

11. What are your duties as Miss Mundo Bolivia?
Work for a better Bolivia. Dignify the role of women. Help creating bridges rather than walls and work to make others smile and happier.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Social media is becoming more important around the world. They can help to connect everyone. If I were chosen as the new Miss World, I would use social media to connect with people from other countries, share positive initiatives, organize charity efforts and get to know each other better.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Be children of God with rights and obligations, liberties and limits, thoughts and feelings with the beautiful possibility of loving and respecting others in a peaceful way.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Living life to the fullest and with happiness always striving to leave a better world than the one I received when I was born.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Dreaming is free. Let’s dream with a better world and work together to achieve a better place to live. Take initiatives by yourself and don’t wait for others to start.

and finally...
Personal Motto: It's better to give than to receive
Personal Goal: Leave a better world than the one I received when I was born.
Favorite Food: Sushi, Bolivian cuisine, spicy food.
Favorite Color: Turquoise blue and yellow. I love to wear black.
Favorite Song: Imagine
Favorite Movie: Black Swan
Favorite Book: El Valor de los Valores
Favorite Singer/Band: Silvio Rodríguez
Favorite Actor/Actress: Natalie Portman
Favorite Hobby: I love to travel, ride my motorcycle in the Woods, and learn new violin songs.
Favorite Sport: Karate


Tatiana Limpias
, Promociones Gloria Manager
Gloria de Limpias, National director of Miss World in Bolivia
Yohana Vaca Guzmán
, Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011

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