Sunday, September 18, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.7 - Miss Moldova 2011

Moldova is a landlocked state between Ukraine and Romania in Eastern Europe. It was one of the Soviet Socialist republics until its independence in 1991. Most of the nation lies between two rivers, the Dniester and the Prut. Moldova is mostly hilly but the elevations never exceed 500 meters. The hills are part of the Moldavian Plateau which originates from the Carpathian Mountains. Due to its proximity to the Black Sea, the nation's climate is moderately continental. Chişinău is the capital of the nation and is the most economically prosperous locality in Moldova. The history of Moldova goes back to the Neolithic era. In the Middle Ages, the country saw many invasions as a result to its strategic position on a route between Asia and Europe. Moldova is widely known for its wines. The country has a well established wine industry with a total vineyard area of 147,000 hectares. In 2000, Moldova joined the Miss World pageant for the first time. Veronica Popovici, Miss Moldova 2011, will be the nation's representative in London, England.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Veronica Popovici, Miss Moldova 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
Hello! My name is Veronica Popovici, I’m 21 and I’m a third year student of marketing and logistics at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova.
You know, I have been always finding it very difficult to talk about myself, to emphasize my weak and/or my strong points. I rather prefer to let other people discover my inner world and usually the way others describe me has been very accurate.
Anyway, I will give it a try and say that first of all I think I’ve got a big heart, I know it might sound a little immodest but it’s true and that implies I cannot indifferently pass by somebody who’s in trouble, I’m always trying to do the best I can to support those who might need any kind of assistance whether it is at the moment or later on. I don’t like people who care only for their personal welfare. I love animals a lot and I think they are the most pure and innocent creatures in the world and we, the people with reason have to remember that and try to treat them as good and as kind as we can. I’m a very sociable person, I like to make new friends and I do it easily regardless the circumstances under which I can meet them. I’m fond of music, classical is my favorite. I have some musical background after attending music classes during nine years. I love nature and its wonders.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Moldova is a small country with lots of nice, genuine traditions that cares about its cultural values. People here are very hospitable, always happy to receive guests in the best way they can, providing a very good and generous food, nice music and dancing. Our country is a big exporter of wine and curiously enough the shape of it on the map reminds the one of the grape.

My hometown is the capital of Moldova, Chişinău. It is located in the middle of the country. The city is called called “The city of white stone” and it is the largest municipality of Moldova.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Well, it goes without saying that first of all it is an extremely big honor for me to be delegated to represent a whole country and also a very big responsibility and I would wish to be able to do this in the best possible way, because I am fully sure that my country deserves that. It is the first time I participate in an international contest and that makes me feel very excited, but I hope to manage to act in a way in which my country will be proud of me.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you chose and why?
Comptine d'été by Yann Tiersen
I love music! I enjoy listening to good music that has a deep meaning, of course I like music of today too. If I had to choose the music of my soul I would choose classical music, it calms me, makes me feel better.
I chose this song because I like piano, it touches my heart deeply and it gives me large amount of goodness.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I’m used to get up at 8 o’clock. I take the advantage of living close to a very nice park and spend there an hour or so, jogging or walking fast enjoying the nature around. I’m not used to eat in the morning, a glass of orange juice makes me feel good after my morning exercises. I’m busy with my studies at the university usually the first half of the day or until around 3 p.m, and then I either meet with my friends to relax a little, if I don’t have too much homework for my next day’s studies. Usually before going to bed I like to read something like a specialty book or some romantic novels.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
We never know the surprises the life can bring us the next day, so it’s very tricky for me to answer where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing in 10 years from now. Still, like any human being I’ve got my dreams from my childhood that I hope one day to come true. One of those dreams is to become, when the right time comes for that, a good wife and a kind mother and I’m sure that will happen. Another dream I’ve got since I was a little girl was to become a veterinarian. Unfortunately it might not happen as I’m afraid that I like animals so much that it will be almost impossible for me to imagine I can cure them by doing some surgery and making them suffer even if that will be for their own sake. Probably that is one of my weak points, maybe one day I’ll become stronger and change my opinion. Anyway, now I think I would rather try to open a hospice for them as soon as I am able to get funding for it.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
We are very lucky to get a lot of remarkable personalities who are worth being admired. Personally I would choose Grigore Vieru, a very well-known poet and writer, whose poems I grew up with. His poetry had always a deep meaning and at the same time was easy to understand both by children and adults.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I like to travel very much and I would like to see all the countries and places that are on the map and even those that are not there yet. But, at least right now (I don’t know what will going to happen in 10 years as I already said) I cannot imagine myself living in another country. I know my country’s got problems, but which country does not have? Regardless of that, I like my people, my family, my friends, my roots, traditions, here’s everything.

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 of oil?
History is developing in spiral, Mother Nature had proved once again how powerless we can be in front of her. Personally I am against the use of this kind of energy because that sooner or later leads to irreparable losses and tragedies. Nuclear power remains the most dangerous type of energy. We should all think one day, and it better be soon, to use alternative sources the nature is generously offering us (wind, sun, etc). I know these are big words but I feel like saying them, we are all responsible for our own future, for the future of our descendants, and, in the end of the day, for the future our planet...

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I think that the biggest injustice is the widening gap between the rich and the poor people.

11. What are you duties as Miss Moldova?
First of all a Miss is a lady, that implying she should be able to behave in a proper way. She must have good manners and a kind heart. She must be gentle and sensitive. Her beauty should shine not only because of her looks but also from her deep inside. I know it’s going be very hard but I will try doing my best to serve as a good and very positive example for all woman of my country.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
All social media is nothing else than a way of advertising and an easy way of connecting people all around the world.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Every one of us have our own opinions on how a human being should behave like. To me, people should act as natural as they can afford without breaking the rights and intimate freedoms of others. It feels right to me to compare life with a boomerang, sooner or later good and bad things come back and sometimes straight into your head, so it’s better to watch out and try to do only those things you would like others to do to you.

14. What do you feel is the purpose in life?
Being a person with dignity, self-respect, self-confidence and high values.

15. Share a message to you supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Believe in your dreams, because dreams do really come true one day.

and finally...
Personal Motto: “Try to become not a man of a success , but try rather to become a man of value “
Personal Goal: To reach the highest level of happiness
Personal Dream Destination: Exotic Places
Favorite Food: Moldovan and Italian food
Favorite Color: Coral
Favorite Song: Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us
Favorite Movie: “The Pianist”, “The Notebook”
Favorite Book: “7 days for an Eternity ’’ by Mark Levy
Favorite Singer/Band: Michael Jackson
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Favorite Hobby: Cooking , Reading
Favorite Sport: Gymnastics


Veronica Popovici, Miss Moldova 2011
Ruslana Morosanu
, National director of Miss World in Moldova

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