Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.9 - Miss Belgium 2011

 The Kingdom of Belgium, the heart of Europe, has a distinctive mix of cultures. Flanders, in the north of Belgium, is home of the Flemish people that are Dutch speakers. Wallonia, in the south of the nation, is where the Walloons inhabit and they are French speakers. Collectively, both regions form this kingdom whose capital is in Brussels, commonly known as the capital of Europe and the headquarters of the European Union. The nation's linguistic diversity and cultural conflicts are reflected on its system of government. Belgium consists of three geographical regions. The coastal plain consists mainly of sand dunes and polders. Further inland lies a slowly rising landscape irrigated by numerous waterways and with fertile valleys. The thickly forested hills and plateaus of the Ardennes are more rugged and rocky with caves and small gorges. Extending westward into France, this area is eastwardly connected to the Eifel in Germany by the High Fens plateau, on which the Signal de Botrange forms the country's highest point at 694 metres. The climate is maritime temperate with significant precipitation in all seasons  Belgium debuted in Miss World 1954 and reached the Top 5 in 1962. This year Belgium is represented by Justine De Jonckheere, who won the Miss Belgium 2011 pageant. She will try to end Belgium's drought in Miss World, whose last placement was back in 1996.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Justine De Jonckheere, Miss Belgium 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1.Give us an introduction of yourself.
I’m a nineteen year old girl who loves to talk, eat, travel and learn. I grew up as an only child in a family working and living at the fairground. My parents worked hard, so my grandparents took care of me in the weekends and holidays. I have my degree of secondary school latin-mathematics. After my year as Miss Belgium, I would like to start my studies in communication. My ambition is to combine school with work as a model, presenter.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
I grew up in Wevelgem in Belgium. A nice small town where I know almost everybody and everybody knows me!

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a dream come true. I hope I can make Belgium very proud!


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Hello from Martin Solveig. Because it is a happy song that reminds me of the summer. I love sun, sea and beach! This song describes me because I am a very cheerful girl who loves to say ‘hello’ to everybody and talk to everybody.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I get up and have breakfast with my parents. I call Darline (National Director) to check my schedule for the day. I do my job and I like it a lot. When I come back home I enjoy a home cooked meal made by my mum!


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I hope to have a nice job, a good man and beautiful children!

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Mother Jeanne Devos because she helps poor and abandoned children in India.


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?  
France. Because it is not to far from Belgium so I could come back often to visit my friends and family. But the weather is nice and they have great food!

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? 
Personally I am more for green energy. We have to take care of our planet for our children!


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The inequality between men and women.

11. What are your duties as Miss Belgium?
Every day is different,so there is a lot of variation, that’s why I like my job very much. My main duties are: public appearances, interviews, modelling…

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
First of all, I keep my profile on Facebook private, I only allow people I know. I think Facebook is a nice way of communicating with your friends and family.


13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Live life to the fullest. Spread happiness. And be close to the ones you love.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Make all people I meet, happy…

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Be who you are and you will be happy!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Carpe diem
Personal Goal: Become the national director of Miss Belgium
Personal Dream Destination: Dubai
Favorite Food: French Fries
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Song: Only Girl (Rihanna)
Favorite Movie: Message in a Bottle
Favorite Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
Favorite Singer/Band: Rihanna
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jude Law
Favorite Hobby: Being social, talking and eating!
Favorite Sport: Badminton


SPECIAL THANKS

Darline Devos, National Director of Miss World in Belgium
Evy Van Couwenberghe
, Public Relations Miss Belgium Organization
Justine De Jonckheere
, Miss Belgium 2011

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