Saturday, October 1, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.20 - Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Mundo 2011

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. It is affectionately called as the Tom Thumb of the Americas since El Salvador also holds the distinction of being the smallest country in continental America. Its name in the indigenous language is Cuscatlán, which means land of jewels.
Since the nation is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, several volcanoes are present in the nation and many of them enclose magnificent lakes. Notable volcanoes are Santa Ana, San Vicente, San Salvador, San Miguel, and Izalco. El Salvador's culture is a mix of cultures influenced by the Mayans, Lenca, Nahua, Ulúa and Spaniards. In recent times, El Salvador has become a surfer's spot, especially Punta Roca, which is the nation's most famous surfing spot. It happens to be one of the best right point breaks in the world. El Salvador is successfully overcoming its turbulent past marked by civil wars and instability and it is undergoing a rapid industrialization. El Salvador debuted in Miss World 1975 and competed until 1993. The nation returned in 2004 following an 11-year hiatus. This year, El Salvador will be represented by Karen Marcela Castro Quintanilla, Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Mundo 2011.

The Times of Beauty
proudly presents Karen Marcela Castro Quintanilla, Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Mundo 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
I consider myself a persevering, spontaneous, strong and faithful person that had always give everything for her family and loved ones.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown
When I talk about my country, its citizens are what make me most proud. I love every corner of El Salvador because it great versatility of places and climates. People are very warm and kind, always working hard to make this country a better one. I live in a gorgeous country with hard working people.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a great honor to represent my beautiful country, El Salvador.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I choose Hey Jude from The Beatles because it is a very motivating and positive song. I always try to be positive in every life situation.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
On the morning, I go to college and spend time with my friends there. On the afternoons, I spend time with my family and I do different activities with my friends and family like going to a restaurant, go to the movies or go to church. What I like the most are the family reunions in the weekends, since I have a large family there is a lot to share and enjoy.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself happy, with my college degree and contributing to the tourism industry of my country. I see myself as a fulfilled woman that lived unforgettable experiences with a great family.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire Fernando Llort because I think he had successfully reflected himself on his paintings. His amazing talent and creativity is recognized on an international level. He is also recognized on a national level. Many times the saying that no one is a prophet in their own land is brought up, but I believe that Fernando Llort is a magnificent exception to that saying.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I love my country and everything it has, but if I had to choose a country I would do it when I successfully complete my professional goals and it would have to be one where I can contribute with my knowledge and experience.

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?
Technological advancements are beneficial when they don’t threaten life in general. The question is: Is it easier to control an oil spill or a radiation leak? Both are grave but radiation effects are worse for the environment, for humans and future generations. Human beings always find ways to advance science, but sometimes the consequences of those advances are severe and even uncontrollable even if the intentions were good. I am not in favor of nuclear energy because it can get out of control.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The worst kind of injustice is famine and lack of education. Millions of children suffer because of they lack the most essential human needs and services to survive, grow and develop. If we invest in our children today, we will have productive adults and a more prosperous society.

11. What are your duties as Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Mundo?
I’ve always been a persevering person. I put a lot of effort, discipline and dedication to feel satisfied with my work. I believe it is important to find for what you believe and feel. I am preparing to the maximum because I am representing an entire country with the goal of making it shine internationally.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
They are ways to facility direct communication with people that are following and supporting me. It is very nice and I love to be in contact with others. I like to interact and maintain them aware of my daily routines.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Being a human being is having the need to socialize by nature and experiencing the need of belonging to a family, a social group or a religious group. Being a human being is having the need of something and the need to give and share. It is important to be emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually sound. A human being is the empathy of relating with others especially when they are in need.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Fulfill every single one of my personal goals; become a professional; have a family of my own, and live every day with the satisfaction that I can help others.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Hello everyone! I am Marcela Castro, Nuestra Belleza Mundo El Salvador 2011. I want to thank you for your support since the beginning of my reign. I love you all and I hope that you join me in Miss World by watching the transmission in El Salvador’s Channel 2. God bless you all!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Enjoy every moment like it will be the last one, always smiling, enjoying live no matter the obstacles it present us
Personal Goal: Developing as a mother, wife, entrepreneur, and most importantly as a person.
Favorite Food: Salvadorian Cuisine
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Song: Let it Be from The Beatles
Favorite Movie: Across The Universe, The Notebook, Twilight, among others.
Favorite Book: The John Lennon Life by Philip Norman
Favorite Singer/Band: The Beatles
Favorite Actor/Actress: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess / Rosie Huntington, Rachel McAdams among many others.
Favorite Hobby: Cooking
Favorite Sport: Basketball

Diana Rivera, Telecorporación Salvadoreña
Karen Marcela Castro Quintanilla
, Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Mundo 2011

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