Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.26 - Mis Lietuva 2011

Lithuania is situated at the geographical center of Europe. It is washed by the Baltic Sea and covered with dense forests and meandering rivers and lakes. Lithuania takes up 65,300 square kilometers, a similar size to Ireland. It is situated in the northern part of Eastern Europe bordering Latvia, Belarus and the Kaliningrad region of Russia. The Baltic Sea washes the lovely 99 km coastline in the west of the country, which is covered with majestic pines, long beaches and dunes. The Lithuanian landscape has been smoothed by glaciers. The highest areas are the moraines in the western uplands and eastern highlands, with the maximum elevation being Aukštojas Hill at 294 meters. The terrain features numerous lakes, like Lake Vištytis, and wetlands; a mixed forest zone covers nearly 33% of the country. The climate lies between maritime and continental, with wet, moderate winters and summers. According to one geographical computation method, Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, lies only a few kilometers south of the geographical center of Europe. Vilnius is the biggest city in the country. It was first mentioned in 1323 in the letters of Lithuania’s great ruler Grand Duke Gediminas, who invited craftsmen and merchants from all over Europe to settle here. Today it is a modern city with 542,000 citizens. The city has a stunning array of Baroque and Gothic architecture and one of the largest Old Towns in Central and Eastern Europe, which takes up 360 hectares and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Trakai is a fabulously picturesque little town on water. The former capital of Lithuania nestles between several lakes, 30 km west of Vilnius. Trakai features spectacular Island Castle on Lake Galvė. Initially a defensive castle, later a residence for Lithuania’s grand dukes, today it is a popular museum of medieval Lithuanias. The fairytale castle was rebuilt in the 1950s and is now known for being the only castle with a lake as its main defense in the whole of Eastern Europe. Lithuania debuted in Miss World 1993 and this year the captivating Ieva Gervinskaitė, Mis Lietuva 2011, will represent Lithuania in London.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Ieva Gervinskaitė, Mis Lietuva 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
My name is Ieva Gervinskaitė, and I am Miss Lithuania 2011. Throughout my life, I always try to do everything I can to achieve my life goals (even if they are hard, as to make yourself smile early mornings :) For now I have reached few goals that mean a lot to me:
Firstly, I am Miss Lithuania, who is willing to prove that she is worth this honor. Secondly, I am a law and management student; also, I am a daughter and a sister, who made her family to be proud of her. Furthermore, I am a person who goes into the world with a wide smile and open hands.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown
Lithuania is a small, but strong country near the Baltic Sea. Looking through our history window, our nation has suffered many occupations and other disasters. Despite this, we still exist and nothing can break us down. We are proud of our nature - endless forests and fields; and our people, who may sometimes seem too modest, but be sure - they are always ready to share with their guests everything they have.
My parents are farmers, I have spent all my childhood living in a small village. Honest people and friendly smiles – it still reminds me that this place is always waiting for me to come back.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
I'm really happy to represent my country, but I also feel a huge responsibility, so I will try to do the best I can to introduce my country in a way, it's really worth.


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Listen by Beyonce.
There is the power, which is straining from somewhere deep inside of you, from your dreams and hopes, which other people never heard, or just never wanted to hear. This song is some kind of special force to fight for your dreams to come true. I think I have this special force inside of me.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I always try to get up early, because that is the only way to have more time to make your daytime useful. I spend all the weekdays at the university. The only time to relax, rest and spend my time the way I want is in the evenings. If I have a free weekend, I always try to come back home to my village and help my parents at their farm. It is not easy to be always busy, but it is also really rewarding when you see the results of it.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Interesting question. There is a popular phrase, who answers to it: “We're Planning, God's Laughing”. Of course, I would like to be the master of my destiny, but you never know. But still, I can imagine myself as an active woman, who has achieved her career goals, but still has time for her family. This is the way I want my life to be.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I prefer to choose two women. Both of them are strong, confident, intelligent, sensitive to other people, and always doing everything for the better future.
The first one is Dalia Grybauskaite. The first women – president in the history of Lithuania.
There were many times she has proved that she cares about every single human living in Lithuania. The other one is my mother. Maybe she’s not as well-known as the first one, whom I have mentioned, but for me my mother is the brightest star in the sky every time I feel darkness surrounding me.


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
It may sound like some kind of banality, but I really wouldn’t like to live in any other country, except Lithuania. Our green nature, four different seasons of the year, people, culture. This is my home, and I hardly could imagine my life in a different country. Anyway, if Lithuania wouldn’t be my native-born country, I would still choose a similar place somewhere in Europe.

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?
Nuclear power plant emit less CO2 into the environment than coal-fired power plants and it solves the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, but the Sendai Earthquake proves us that there is always a possibility of an accident, which leads to a big loss for the country. I think people should invest more in renewable energy sources, especially solar energy. Therefore, it is proved that nuclear energy is even more secure than any other human industrial activity.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
To hate a person by his race, sex, religion. Xenophobia.

11. What are your duties as Mis Lietuva?
My mission as “Mis Lietuva” is not only to represent my country in “Miss World” contest, but also to show other people, the reason I was chosen. This time I have my own mission, my own idea: I want to break those beauty standards, who claim that beautiful girls are only those who have skinny bodies, full lips and, of course, the same full breasts (which are just simply “made”). Probably no one is interested in those girls with nothing besides their beautiful faces and bodies. Nothing is inside them. I want to tell people that we have to change the way we look at beauty and see it in the way it has to be seen.


12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
In my life before I became “Mis Lietuva”, these social networks were a good way to communicate with my friends. But now, when I am in the public eye, social networks became a great way to share your ideas, to publish your thoughts and unite people to pay their attention to things and problems which couldn’t be solved without their support.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
All our life we have to live and learn. People become selfish at early age. Everything we do and think of - is us. Trying to live in a different way - when you give more than you take- , fighting against your nature - this is what I call a human being.


14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
To live a life filled with worthy memories about things that I did, goals that I have reached, happy moments that I felt and created for others. If I will use these verbs telling stories about my life to my grandchildren, I think, my purpose will be reached.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I just want to add: don’t forget that the only creators of our beauty are ourselves. It only depends on you – what kind of beauty you create and show to other people. Also, I can share with you 3 secret beauty components I always use: wide smile, friendly eyes and honest, loud laugh. That’s all, what you need to do to find your beauty!

and finally...
Personal Motto: “Less talk, more action!”
Personal Goal: To achieve, to do, to find!
Personal Dream Destination: Let it be my secret :)
Favorite Food: Cepelinai (Lithuania national dish)
Favorite Color: Green.
Favorite Song: Etta James – “I’d Rather Go Blind”.
Favorite Movie: “Into the Wild”.
Favorite Book: Chuck Palachniuk – “Fight club”.
Favorite Singer/Band: Etta James.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Ralph Fiennes.
Favorite Hobby: Play the accordion.
Favorite Sport: Basketball – to watch, table tennis – to play.


SPECIAL THANKS
Ieva Gervinskaitė, Mis Lietuva 2011
Lrytas
, License Holders of Miss World in Lithuania

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