Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.28 - Miss World Sweden 2011

The Kingdom of Sweden is one of the Nordic countries on the Scandinavian peninsula in Northern Europe. It is one of the largest states in the European Union and has a population of 9.4 million. The population concentrates in southern Sweden and along the western coast. Sweden lies west of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. To the west the Skanderna Mountains separates Sweden from Norway. Finland is located to its northeast. About 15% of Sweden lies north of the Arctic Circle. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, with increasing forest coverage northward. Around 65% of Sweden's total land area is covered with forests. Sweden is home to Lake Vänern which is the third largest lake in Europe. Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year. Because of Sweden’s high latitude, the length of daylight varies greatly. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for part of each summer, and it never rises for part of each winter. In addition of the extensive natural wonders, Sweden also boasts a long history reflected in the architecture and is home of fourteen World Heritage Sites. Sweden has one of the most highly developed welfare states in the world, it offers one of the best universal healthcare systems and has one of the best human rights and equality records on the planet. For more than 100 years, Sweden has been at peace, adopting a non-aligned foreign policy in peacetime and neutrality in wartime. The nation has a successful history in Miss World winning the title three times with Kerstin Håkansson (1951), May Louise Flodin (1952) and Mary Stävin (1977). This year, the gorgeous Nicoline Artursson will be Sweden's representative at the 61st Miss World pageant.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Nicoline Artursson, Miss World Sweden 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
My name is Nicoline Artursson as you might know. I am 18 years old and I come from the southwest part of Sweden called Halmstad. I have always been an athletic girl doing a lot of different sports with high ambitions and goals. When I was 11 years old, I was doing gymnastics at an elite level and participated at the mini Olympic games finishing in second place. After that, I started doing athletics where I finished in the top 20 in High Jump in Sweden when I was 14 years old. As the years went by, I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do, even though I wanted to be the best in every kind of sport I practiced when I was little. I also played volleyball in the B-team when I was 16 years old and it was a very good experience. At the gymnasium, I chose to study Economics since I have always been an entrepreneur in some way no matter what I do. I love new challenges and to meet new people, get to know them and work with them. I’m always happy and when I get into something I always do my best. My motto is “you don’t know until you’ve tried” because for me, everything is possible. At my second year in gymnasium I moved to Paris for one year where I studied Economics at the Swedish School in Paris. In Paris, I also worked as a model with Abercrombie and Fitch which is a worldwide brand-company, and one of the biggest who’s taking in on the market. Now I’m in my hometown again on my last year at the gymnasium, studying Economics and living my life as the Miss World Sweden 2011 titleholder.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
My hometown where I live is called Halmstad. It’s really the “summer-town” as we all say in Sweden. Because at summer everyone comes here to party, eat nice food at the restaurants and just to enjoy our lovely beach which is called Tylösand Beach which is also the most famous beach in Sweden. There is also a hotel near the beach owned by one of Sweden’s most famous singers, his name is Per Gessle. There are 58,577 people who lives here and I will always have Halmstad in my heart.



3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
For me, representing my country means everything. I’m really proud to represent my country after all people who has always believed in me since I was a little girl always encouraged me and told me that I could succeed and achieve everything I want. This is one the biggest things I’ve done in my life and I promise that I will do my best in London. I’m so grateful for everyone who stand by my side so I will do everything in my power to make Sweden proud.


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
There are a lot of songs that describe me, sometimes depending of which mood I’m in. But a song that really describes me now is Go the Distance written by Alan Menken and David Zippel. Everything is possible if you believe in yourself and have the guts to go the distance. That's what I believe.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
A typical day right now would be with one or two interviews in it. I wake up early in the morning and get some breakfast and afterwards I write on my blog. If I have a project to do, that would be the next task to do. Then it’s school time where I study Economics. When I come back home, I do my homework and write some new stuff in my blog. Then I go to my gym which is sponsoring me. I love to train there. In the evening, I eat dinner together with my whole family. During the day, I try to walk as much as I can with high heels. Finally I take a small break time where I just chill before going to bed.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years I will be 28 years old. I see myself as a woman who has achieved her goals and is establishing new ones to always achieve new and different things in life. I will be an entrepreneur who has showed the world that everything is possible with a career standing out by working with charities to help young children to explore the world and its opportunities. I will be teaching people of how to believe and use their confidence. I want to be a mother with two children with a lovely husband before I turn 30.


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I don’t really have a particular well known Swedish person that inspires me the most because they are many that do. But in general and regardless of nationality, someone that I look up to and really has inspired me in life is the well known person with the name Audrey Hepburn. She struggled through her whole life in both good and bad times but she never gave up and she exemplified the motto “beauty with a purpose” which is something that really touches my heart.


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I’m the kind of girl who likes to try new different things all the time so it wouldn’t be pleasant for me to just choose one. I will always have my hometown to settle down when I just want to relax but otherwise I would like to live for some months in different countries. As I said before, I lived in Paris for one year and now I’m excited to try something new.


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?
As long as there are no people living close to nuclear plants, I don’t think it’s a problem and as long as the stations are checked. Otherwise, if humans can’t keep up with these facilities there is no need to have them if we can’t control them.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now? On this earth we only have ourselves to blame.
We are the ones who by ourselves destroy this planet. If people does not get involved in the preservation of the environment, nothing can be done. If we all together help out and spread the message of this need, we can make a difference.



11. What are your duties as Miss World Sweden?
My duties of course is to be the best role model as I can be to all the people in Sweden, women and men but mostly for young girls. By just being me they can see that it is ok to be YOU, it is ok to shine and succeed through with your personality, and it’s definitely ok to have goals to fight for. I’m also doing some different projects and showing that I care with my appreciations to all of those who were there for me. I’m doing a project with an organization which is about the health of children and who also stands near to my heart.


12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
I think it has both good and bad sides. The good side is that you can make people see what you are doing by writing a column, uploading pictures or sharing when a magazine writes something nice which makes people to look up and think “hey, she is doing this event, maybe we should participate”. It is important to watch out and look after yourself what you are doing in public.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
For me, to be a human being means that we all have a responsibility on this Earth. There is one world, one heart that we all share, so it’s important to appreciate each other. We need to fight together and not against each other to change everything that brings down the Earth.


14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose is to make people get more engaged in life. There are many families, companies who give money to affected areas but they don’t really know for sure where their money goes. It would be great to get them more engaged by going to the areas themselves because in that way they will understand for real what’s going on this world and spread the message around to make people cooperate more together.


15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Hi everyone! I don’t want to make this too long but the key to succeed in everything in life is to believe in yourself and support each other. All we have is ourselves, we are the ones who are capable of making a difference. Never give up when things are getting hard because that is when you understand that everything in life is worth fighting for

and finally...
Personal Motto: “You don’t know until you’ve tried”
Personal Goal: Whatever I want to do, or whatever I come up with, I will do it 100%.
Favorite Food: Fillet of beef with new fresh Swedish summer potatoes, salad and vegetables.
Favorite Color: I like all kind of colors but brown and pink are my cuties.
Favorite Song: I have many because I like to hear new songs every day. But one I really like right now is a Swedish song called “Kärlekens Tunga”
Favorite Movie: The Blue Lagoon
Favorite Book: Lyckan, kärleken och meningen med livet (Happiness, love and the meaning of life by Elizabeth Gilbert)
Favorite Singer/Band: Same as my favorite song, I have many but one I really like now is a Swedish band called “Hoffmaestro”
Favorite Actor/Actress: Ashton Kutcher.
Favorite Hobby: Be with my friends, my cat and my dog, my family, play tennis, singing and photography.
Favorite Sport: Tennis and beach volleyball


SPECIAL THANKS
Torzan Torssell, Press/Media Swedish Beauty Contest AB
Hagge Haghighi
, National Director of Miss World in Sweden
Nicoline Artursson
, Miss World Sweden 2011

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