Friday, September 30, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.19 - Mis Latvija 2011

Latvia, the pearl of the Baltic States, is one of the European Union member states and is situated in the North of Europe – on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Since ancient times Latvia has been at the cross-roads between East and West, North and South. Latvia is a multi-cultural state, where the traditions of all these countries have merged. Latvia is a contemporary European country, and its capital city is Riga, a modern metropolis in which historical architecture, unique in Europe, alternates with modernity. Latvia is widely known because of its unspoilt nature where you can find 500 km of beaches including Jūrmala which is one of the longest beaches in Europe. 45% of Latvia’s territory is covered by natural forests, offering various recreational possibilities in nature. It is also known because of the diversity of historical, culture and architectural sites. World War I and II, as well as the army of the Soviet Union, have left notable military monuments such as Liepāja which used to be one of the main naval bases on the Baltic Sea during both the period of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Latvia is made unique by its two different worlds – the European metropolis Riga and the rest of Latvia – a rural environment with unspoilt nature, tranquil towns and a green environment. Latvia debuted in Miss World 1989 and this year the charming Alise Miškovska, Mis Latvija 2011, will represent her country at the 61st Miss World pageant.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Alise Miškovska, Mis Latvija 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Alise Miškovska, but friends named me Nicole – because they think that I look like the famous singer Nicole Szherzinger. I was born in Latvia in 1987. My zodiac sign is Virgo. I describe myself in three words: sensitive, strong-willed, thorough. I graduated from the Daugavpils University last year, now my profession is figure skating coach. Figure skating has become a part of my life therefore I decided to connect my future with development of children’s sport in Latvia as a coach of figure skating. Because of a spine trauma I couldn’t continue my career of figure skating. I promised to my parents that I will educate the star of figure skating for Latvia. I continued my studies at the Sport Academy and I am pursuing a Master's degree in Sport Science, because my job requires a responsibility and a lot of knowledge. I’m a creative person , I like to work with a children. We understand well each other, but it’s necessary to reach a highest results. My hobbies are snowboarding, car driving, fashion shows, and witnessing interesting public events.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
There are beautiful and wonderful countries on the shores of the Baltic Sea. One of them is Latvia. Latvia is not a big country, but the roots of its history go deep into the ancient times. Latvia has got many interesting traditions and habits. People of Latvia are proud of the natural resources of their country. For example, the world-famous Jūrmala Resort which is immersed into extensive forests and nature parks on the territory of 32 km along the shores of the Gulf of Riga.
There will never be shortage of drinking water in my country because there are 2000 lakes, 12600 brooks and rivers in Latvia.
Riga – the capital of Latvia - is one the most beautiful European cities. There is a huge number of unique historical and cultural monuments in Riga, for example, the oldest pharmacy, the biggest and the oldest market (Riga Central Market) in Europe. And they are still functioning!
And, of course, dear to my heart my hometown Daugavpils - (Dinaburg is the old name) – a beautiful tidy town where good and kind people of various nationalities and confessions live and work together. I am happy to be born and dwell here.
And let the title of the national hymn of Latvia – God, bless Latvia! - be with my dear beloved country!


3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
I have wanted to go to take part in this competition for 5 long years . That was my dream, my goal, my purpose. I participated on 3 castings and a lot of fails. My third attempt was successful. So my presence in this beauty contest means for me a lot of things: I overcame my previous failures, I will have the honor of representation my small country and cities on this World stage, I examine my strengths and show my individuality between the world’s most beautiful and talented women.


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose the song When I Grow Up by Pussy Cat Dolls, because it shows my wishes and purposefulness.


5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Every day is full of activities and events. I get up at 5:30am because at 6:30am I have the first practice on the ice with my skaters. After 9:00am I have time for myself. I visit the spa, gym, attend ballet classes, meet friends and deal organizational issues. After lunch, I have a lot of trainings and individual classes with children figure skaters until the evening. I have dinner with my family at the end of the day. Finally I go to sleep and have sweet dreams with my two lovely Yorkshire dogs Rihanna and Courtney.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I will do my best to become a successful ice skating coach. I will continue training children who are the future of our national ice skating. I will create a synchronous skating team for children who love ice skating but cannot show high results in individual skating due to weak physical condition or when their parents cannot afford adequate expenses. I will get married and give birth to my children; I will introduce and keep up new traditions in my lovely family. And I will definitely be doing some charity work!


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
My most admired person is my mum - Nataly, she always helps me in difficult times, she gives me advice and she is an example of a strong and beautiful woman for me.


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would like to choose United States of America , because it is a land of big opportunities.


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 of using of this kind of energy because it very dangerous for Earth.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Some people have prejudice against people with other skin color, other religion or sexual orientation. I consider that it is inadmissible. All people have the equal rights and possibilities.


11. What are your duties as Miss Latvia?
I must take part in different public events.


12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
It gives an opportunity to chat with people all over the world.


13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It means to think, to feel, to create, to love.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Become a legend in figure skating or as a beauty queen. And be an example of a strong purposefulness woman.


15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Create the good and help others. It makes the world better. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Remember: Success does not come to you.... you go to it!!!

and finally...
Personal Motto: It’s impossible win once to all life , necessary to win every day !
Personal Goal: Become a legend !
Favorite Food: Healthy and nutritious, seafood, meat, fresh juices .
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: Queen – “We are the champions”
Favorite Movie: Russian serial “Matchmakers”
Favorite Book: I don't have one. But I will write a book about my life events one day!
Favorite Singer/Band: Nicole Scherzinger
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Hobby: Snowboarding, car driving, fashions shows.
Favorite Sport: Figure skating of course, ice hockey, snowboarding.

SPECIAL THANKS
Inta Fogele, National Director of Miss World in Latvia 
Alise Miškovska, Mis Latvija 2011

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