Saturday, September 17, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.6 - Miss Wales 2011

Wales, widely regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations, is one of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom. It is located in the west of the island of Great Britain. Despite its close political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, Wales has retained a distinct cultural identity, language, costumes, holidays and music which emerged after the Romans withdrew from Britain. It is officially bilingual with Welsh and English sharing equal status. Wales has temperate climate and it is considered one of the wettest countries of Europe. Wales has been inhabited by modern humans for at least 29,000 years so history can be traced back to the Mesolithic period. Its landscape was shaped during the last ice age. It is a generally mountainous nation with the highest mountains located in the Northern and Central areas. Tourism is a growing industry thanks to the national parks, their beaches and their unique culture. Wales debuted in Miss World 1999 and produced a semifinalist in 2004 with Amy Guy. This year the nation will be represented by Sara Jessica Manchipp, Miss Wales 2011. She will be one of the host contestants of this year's pageant.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Sara Jessica Manchipp, Miss Wales 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Sara Jessica Manchipp and I am the current reigning Miss Wales and am very very proud! I'm 21 years old and I am a student of Psychology with great ambitions and big dreams. I can't wait to meet the other contestants from all around the world!

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown. 
My country is Wales, which is situated to the west of Great Britain. We have our own Welsh language, and age-old traditions. We have St David's day where we celebrate the patron Saint of Wales, and we have an annual Eisteddfod or national festival, which celebrates the many talents of the people of Wales. The Eisteddfod has been going for many hundreds of years. We love our rugby teams big and small, 'Come on Wales!' we shout from the stalls!
My hometown is Port Talbot, which was once a town of industry and is still a port and has a major steelworks. Today, Port Talbot stands tall, boasting beautiful mountains, and miles of sandy beaches. Famous celebrities such as Michael Sheen, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Paul Potts, and Katherine Jenkins are all at home at Port Talbot.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is an extra honor for me to be representing Wales at this year's Miss World, as it is being held in my home country Great Britain. I am a proud Welsh woman, and also a proud British woman, and look forward to welcoming the women from across the world onto our soil, and show them the best that Britain has to offer! We are a fantastic country, full of history and stories, and we will show our love and greatness to the rest of the world, at the Miss World finals.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
There are far too many to choose from!

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I am your regular young woman, a student, a daughter and a sister. I work hard at my studies and enjoy the rewards I get from trying my best at life. I work part time at Subway, wear the baseball cap and make fantastic sandwiches for our customers! I enjoy spending time with friends, shopping, running and relaxing after a long day in a lovely hot bubble bath!

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
As I am very career focused, I'd like to see myself working as a professional psychologist or counselor, working with young offenders, and making a difference in the world. I love working with others and helping people and am a very hardworking young woman. I would like to see myself as a success at what I enjoy doing.

7. Which well known person from your country do you most admire and why?
I would have to say Catherine Zeta Jones, as she is from a town very close to mine called Swansea. She worked hard to get where she is now, playing many different roles in well known movies. She is an ambassador for Wales. She is an inspiration to many up and coming young actors. Catherine Zeta Jones has done a lot of work for good causes which I greatly admire, and I hope to be the next great ambassador for Wales!

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
As much as I'd love to have more sunshine, and warmer summers, there's no amount of money on earth that could persuade me to leave Wales. I am a home bird, and always love to come home to the comfort and security of my bed in Port Talbot after a holiday abroad!

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?
We should use nuclear energy in the short term to keep us going, while we develop long term safer forms of energy.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The worst injustice is the children starving in Somalia and other parts of Africa, they have had no rain so their crops aren't growing. We can’t make it rain but we can all make a huge effort to raise funds to help, no one should starve or die of thirst in the 21st century.

11. What are your duties as Miss Wales?
As Miss Wales, I am an ambassador for my country, promoting the greatness of my culture and our people. I will speak of the beautiful beaches, the greenest mountains, our traditions and our culture. Wales is the land of song.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder? 
It widens the number of people who know about the pageants, and who know about the good causes that the pageants’ support like the Joshua Foundation.

13. What does it mean to be a human being? 
To know, to love, to care, to appreciate.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life? 
My purpose in life is to be the best that I can be and to be a positive role model to the young women across the world who are less fortunate than myself. I am a strong young woman, who prides myself on my strength and ability and my spelling.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty. 
I would like to say how much I am looking forward to taking part in Miss World, and looking forward to meeting the wonderful, strong and courageous women of the world. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I feel truly blessed to be part of it.

and finally...
Personal Motto: To be kind
Personal Goal: Success
Personal Dream Destination: The stars
Favorite Food: Fries
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Song: Hurricane by 30 seconds to Mars
Favorite Movie: Titanic! A famous classic
Favorite Book: History books
Favorite Singer/Band: 30 seconds to Mars
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jared Leto
Favorite Hobby: Socializing and writing
Favorite Sport: Running

Paula Abbandonato, national director of Miss World in Wales
Sioned Horton-Evans, Vibe Models Public Relations
Sara Jessica Manchipp, Miss Wales 2011
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