Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.4 - Miss World New Zealand 2011

 The land of the long white cloud, New Zealand, is located in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is multicultural, diverse, stunning and is one of the most recently settled land masses. New Zealand offers a distinctive fauna with many species not found anywhere else. The nation has a dramatic and varied landscape on the two main islands: the North Island and the South Island. Both islands are divided by the Cook Strait which connects the Tasman Sea with the Pacific Ocean. The South Island is the largest of the two and feature the majestic Southern Alps and numerous unspoiled forests. Active volcanoes, ancient native forests, prehistoric glaciers, snow-covered Alps have been internationally recognized as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. UNESCO recognized three areas as world heritage sites. They are the Tongariro National Park, Te Wahipounamu and the Subantarctic Islands. New Zealand also have bustling cities, namely Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. At the world's greatest beauty contest, New Zealand debuted in 1956 and have produced many semifinalists and finalists. This year, Aotearoa will be represented by Mianette Broekman who was crowned Miss World New Zealand 2011 at the conclusion of the Miss New Zealand pageant.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Mianette Broekman, Miss World New Zealand 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself. 
My name is Mianette Broekman. I am 22 years old and I am a born South African and been living in New Zealand for most of my life. I absolutely love my country, I would not choose anywhere else in the world to have grown up as a child. I have three sisters who are all younger than me. They are all stunningly beautiful on the inside and outside. My dad is the most amazing man and I have learned so much from him. My mum is beautiful and her love is never ending. I have been very blessed with my parents. I have a degree in Political Science from the University of Auckland and I am now currently in my 2nd year studying law. I am hoping to become and international lawyer and fighting for children's rights. I am enjoying my title as Miss World New Zealand 2011 and everything that comes with it. This is a very exciting year so far and I am learning as I go along. It is one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am an animal lover and have a very cute little toy poodle called Mink.
That is me in a nutshell. I hope to make New Zealand proud and I will see you all on the world stage in London. Lots of Love.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown. 
I live in Auckland, the city of sails. I have said this before but Auckland is a melting pot of cultures. This is nice because it means that there is a wide range of international food to choose from. Auckland also has breathtaking scenery, from stunning city views to quiet walks on the clean beaches. This city is alive and it is going to be even more vibrant with the Rugby World Cup being hosted in our country. Auckland is a spectacular city because you can have the best of both worlds. A busy and exciting city life but complimented by the quiet and peaceful lifestyle of the coastal suburbs.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals? 
This is a difficult question to express in words. It is something that I never would have thought would happen to me in my wildest dreams. I still remember watching Miss World pageants on television as a young girl and looking up to these beautiful women. They were goddesses in my eyes and for me to think that I am now competing in the exact same competition as those women I use to idolize as a young girl is surreal. It is an honor to be privileged enough to represent New Zealand. This is such a beautiful country and its a country to be proud of both culturally and politically. It is an honor to go on a world stage as a Kiwi and I hope to do my country as proud as they have done me.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I am a combination of songs and it will be difficult to pinpoint a particular song to describe me. I like listening to music with a good beat, reggaeton, rock, rhythm and blues. I like classical music as well as ballads. I like a wide variety of music I'm just not that fond of listening to heavy metal.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life? 
A typical day for me would be getting up in the morning and getting ready for university. I am normally rushing to get everything done to be on time for class. I get up, eat my daily Weetabix Fix and then I’m off to the university. I always try to fit in a coffee before my lectures. After university, I go home to take my toy poodle Mink for a walk. It is the best feeling when you get home after a long day and you have this little bundle of joy greeting you by the door. And what is best of all is that she is excited to see you everyday regardless. I take joy in the little things in life. I then have to start my workout session with my trainer and after that its dinner time.
On the weekends, I focus on my pageant and only my pageant things. I am preparing for the final in London and use every minute to prepare myself mentally, emotionally and physically.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? 
I hope to have the title as Miss World behind me and to be practicing as an international lawyer fighting for children's rights. Miss World gives me the opportunity to create awareness for children’s rights and also presents me with a chance to help children in need, whatever that need may be.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I have to say that Helen Clarke is inspiring to me. She was the Prime Minister of New Zealand before the national government and she is currently doing a very good job with the United Nations. She is a strong women and she has achieved her goals. She ran a country and did a good job at it and now she is taking on the world stage. I can only learn from her. She is very inspiring.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why? 
I could not choose one country. I want to live everywhere and anywhere. I want to live in Italy in a villa on a cobblestoned street. I want to live a simplistic life in Santorini, Greece in a white house over looking the ocean. I would love to live in Washington working in the White House. It would be amazing to live in The Big Apple and walking the busy streets every morning. I want to go to Barbados to dance like them. They have incredible rhythm and they love life. I love Africa and would love to life a traditional lifestyle of a village. Spain and all the history in the streets would be fun too. India is so colorful and vibrant and there is so much detail attached to every thing they do. I would love to live in Israel for a while. I want to see first hand the people with leprosy. I want to help those children, show them some love. Not that they don’t receive love but its something I would like to do. I think its one of those things in live that has to be done.

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 100% anti-nuclear and so is New Zealand. We are a clean green country and I am proud to say that New Zealand has set an example to the world on its anti-nuclear policy.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now? 
I'm not placing priority over one wrong to another but the injustice that lies closest to my heart is child trafficking and soldiering. Child trafficking is one of the most successful trades in the world and turns over billions of dollars. Innocent children are victims and people are turning a blind eye. Young girls are especially targeted. Child soldiering is also a concern because it is not often on the news since is mostly happens in under developed countries. Children are targets, young boys are taken form their families and brainwashed to fight for a certain army. They are easy to be influenced which makes them a target. Just because something is not seen does not mean that it does not exist. The general set of mind is that “I cant make a difference, I am one person.” I can emphasize enough how completely wrong this mind set is. If every person believes that they can make a difference in this world then we have a lot more people trying than when you don’t do anything at all. If we don’t fight for children then who will? They are the future generation.

11. What are your duties as Miss World New Zealand? 
To represent my country in the best possible way. As Miss World New Zealand it is my duty to be a role model for younger girls. They look up to me and I need to set the standards for them. I think it is very important for young people to have a positive role model. To be honest I don’t see it as duties, It is my lifestyle now. I live and breath as Miss World New Zealand and everything I do reflects back on me and the Miss World Organization. I am currently busy raising funds for my chosen charity “Cure Kids” which raises funds for sick children in New Zealand. Although I am passionate about trafficking and soldiering, these issues are not of a concern in New Zealand. I wanted to choose a charity close to home. My main focus is children and when a child is in need I try and offer my help in any way possible.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder? 
It can be a very positive role but also just as negative. Social media is pretty and ugly at the same time but the person can choose what to make of it. Facebook is a great way to connect with people and to keep them updated with your daily activities . It is also a great way to raise awareness of issues. In general there are a lot of people on Facebook and it is a great way to spread the word. However Facebook is also very impersonal and a lot of harm can come from social media if it is not used properly and for the right means.

13. What does it mean to be a human being? 
Getting up every morning thanking God for what you have and that you are still breathing . Having a mind, brain and body is what constitutes a human being.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life? 
My purpose I feel is to help children. I don’t think that anyone knows 100% what their purpose in life is. You find out along the way and you do your best until you know.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Hello all you beautiful people. It is such an honor to be featured on this website. Thanks for your support and I hope you had fun reading my interview. One thing I would like to say is that nothing is impossible. Go for what you want and believe in yourself. There is nothing that cant be achieved with hard work and dedication. I never thought I could be a contestant at the Miss World pageant one day and here I am blessed enough to be part of such an amazing pageant. I believed in myself and I worked hard. You can all do the same.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Live life to its fullest and live everyday as if it will be your last.. don’t have regrets, learn from your mistakes and look into the future
Personal Goal: To be blessed enough to take the Miss World title.
Favorite Food: I love all food. Different flavors of different countries all have something tasty to offer to my palate.
Favorite Color: Champagne, black, green, earthy colors
Favorite Song: I don’t have a favorite song. I have many. I love music
Favorite Book: Bible, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Bronze Horsemen by Pauline Simmons
Favorite Singer/Band: Jennifer Lopez, Andrea Bocelli, Gypsy Kings, and the list goes on...
Favorite Actor/Actress: Actor: I don’t really have a favorite. I like different actresses in different movies.
Favorite Hobby: Shopping, going to the beach or going on road trips. I love the snow however I'm not that great at skiing.
Favorite Sport: Athletics (sprinting) and I love watching rugby

New Zealand Asia Pacific Trust
Rose Foulger and Desmond Foulger, national directors of Miss World in New Zealand
Mianette Broekman, Miss World New Zealand 2011
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