Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.25 - Miss Bermuda 2011

Bermuda is a 54 square kilometer British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Officially known as the Bermudas, the archipelago is comprised of almost 200 islands located 1070km east-southeast of North Carolina. Bermuda's pink sand beaches and clear, cerulean blue ocean waters are immensely popular with tourists. The island’s pink beaches are actually a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate and the shells of tiny single-celled animals called Foraminifera. Historic St George's is a designated World Heritage Site. The islands are also a scuba divers paradise where divers can explore numerous wrecks and coral reefs in relatively shallow water with virtually unlimited visibility.  Bermuda's most popular visitor attraction is the Royal Naval Dockyard, which includes the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Bermuda's culture is a mixture of the various sources of its population, though little trace remains of the various African slaves, Spanish-Caribbean, Irish, or Scots cultures evident in the 17th century, with Anglo-Saxon culture becoming dominant. There are strong British influences, together with Afro-Caribbean. This Afro-Caribbean infusion has both accelerated social and political change, and diversified Bermuda's culture. African influences, while subtler, can be found in dance and music, especially reggae, calypso and the rhythm of the Gombeys. Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and it is the hub of international and local business on the island. The city also has a unique character, as it is packed with historic buildings, churches, shops, museums, galleries, parks and gardens. Miss World welcomes back Bermuda after 16 years with Jana Lynn Outerbridge, Miss Bermuda 2011. The island produced a winner in 1979 with Gina Swainson.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Jana Lynn Outerbridge, Miss Bermuda 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I am 22 years old and enjoy volunteering, spending time with my family and riding horses. As an infant, I was brought to Bermuda by my adoptive parents and the nurturing I received has made me the passionate, determined, giving and confident woman I am today. I strive to use my life to give those around me a chance like I was given.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Bermuda is the overlooked pearl of the Atlantic which is often omitted on many maps because of our size. We are only 21 square miles by a mile and a half and located 640 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Bermudians are known for our hospitable nature and it’s not uncommon for us to smile and say good morning or good afternoon to everyone we pass on the street. Visitors are often stunned we use are car horns so much, not to warn people, but to say hi to someone we know.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Often times it still seems to be a dream, however this is truly an honor that I do not take lightly. Growing up as a young girl I always wanted to ensure that I had a positive impact on everyone I came into contact with. Representing my country is not only a way for me to positively influence my community, but to maybe even make an impact on the world.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Little Things by India Arie is one of my favorite songs which I believe expresses the sentiments that I feel about family and relationships. The song speaks of the minor matters in life that we so often overlook, yet they are so meaningful. We all tend to be so busy that we do not take the time to build purposeful relationships. We may look to purchase material goods when our loved ones simply want to know that we care.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
My days are usually quiet simple and generally consistent. I work as an intern at our local Child and Adolescent Services office. I believe this experience has been and will be extremely beneficial for my goal of being a Psychologist. My evenings are usually spent at home with my family. I am really close with my parents and we have dinner, talk about our day and enjoy each other's company.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
10 years from now I will have a doctorate degree, working in a career that I enjoy and on a journey to become a homeowner. I do not want to put a time on developing unconditional love, however it would nice to be married by that time and working toward having my own family. I have also always imagined myself having a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of young women. It will target not only adolescents who have been deemed “at risk”, but it will be for any young lady needing to better herself.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Dame Lois Browne-Evans helped paved the way for many women in Bermuda. In 1953, she was the first female lawyer and in 1998 the first female Attorney General. She made many notable contributions to Bermuda and although she has passed I still admire what she represented. Dame Browne-Evans was the first person my country honored on National Heroes’ Day in 2008.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
Although, I love to travel and learn of other cultures, of all the places I have traveled there is no place like Bermuda; it is home.

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 against the use of nuclear energy because of the effects on our environment. Research should continue in this area to ensure the safest way to protect us and our environment while reducing our dependence on oil.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Child labor of any kind is the worst human injustice. The fact that this still occurs in modern times is disheartening. I believe children should be educated and given a chance to freely decide what they want for their futures.

11. What are your duties as Miss Bermuda?
As Miss Bermuda I engage in public appearances and public speaking events. I have had the honor to speak at school graduations, pageants and take part in fashion shows and shoots.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
There are multiple benefits to using social media; a titleholder can now reach out and communicate with not only her community but the entire world. She can easily promote her causes and the things she views as important and allow everyone to get to know her on a more personal level not just a beautiful face on the stage.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Our ability to learn new things our entire lives and especially our ability to express feeling to one another is what makes us human.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
I believe my purpose in life is to give back to others. From a child I have always known that I have had a passion to help. The feeling that I receive when I’m able to come to the aid of others or volunteer is indescribable.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
There is a quote I have committed to my life and I want to encourage all “Don’t strive to be good when you can strive for greatness". Often times we settle when we have the potential to offer so much more. Fear of failure is possibly the number one reason we do not take chances. If we do not reach for the top we may never know how far we can make it. Thank you to my supporters for constantly believing in me and my success.

and finally...
Personal Motto: I am not striving to be good when I can strive for greatness
Personal Goal: To always give back. I discovered a while ago that my purpose in life is to help others
Personal Dream Destination: I want to travel everywhere; however Africa is high on my list.
Favorite Food: Chicken on the barbeque, macaroni and cheese and corn on the cob
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Song: Little Things by India Arie
Favorite Movie: Madea’s Family Reunion
Favorite Book: Good to Great by Jim Collins
Favorite Singer/Band: India Arie
Favorite Actor/Actress: Columbus Short
Favorite Hobby: Equestrianism
Favorite Sport: Track and Field

Milika Trott-Seymour, National Director of Miss World in Bermuda
Jana Lynn Outerbridge
, Miss Bermuda 2011

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