Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.42 - Miss Mundo Brasil 2011

Brazil is the world's fifth largest country, both by area and by population with over 192 million people. It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas and the largest lusophone country in the world. It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay; on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos are part of the Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Atol das Rocas, São Pedro e São Paulo, and Trindade and Martim Vaz. Brazil was a colony of Portugal from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500 until 1815, when it was elevated to the rank of kingdom and the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves was formed. The colonial bond was broken in 1808, when the capital of the kingdom was transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, after Napoleon invaded Portugal. The independence from the kingdom was achieved in 1822. Initially independent as the Empire of Brazil, period when it was governed under a constitutional monarchy, the country has been a presidential republic since 1889. Brazil is home to a diversity of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats. Brazilian topography is also diverse and includes hills, mountains, plains, highlands, and scrublands. The main upland area occupies most of the southern half of the country. The northwestern parts of the plateau consist of broad, rolling terrain broken by low, rounded hills. The southeastern section is more rugged, with a complex mass of ridges and mountain ranges. These ranges include the Mantiqueira and Espinhaço mountains and the Serra do Mar. The north, the Guiana Highlands form a major drainage divide, separating rivers that flow south into the Amazon Basin from rivers that empty into the Orinoco River system, in Venezuela, to the north. Brazil has a dense and complex system of rivers, one of the world's most extensive, with eight major drainage basins, all of which drain into the Atlantic. Major rivers include the Amazon, the Paraná and its major tributary the Iguaçu, the Negro, São Francisco, Xingu, Madeira and Tapajós river. An equatorial climate characterizes much of northern Brazil.  Over central Brazil rainfall is more seasonal, characteristic of a savanna climate. The south enjoys temperate conditions, with cool winters. Brazil's large territory comprises different ecosystems, such as the Amazon Rainforest, recognized as having the greatest biological diversity in the world, with the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado, sustaining the greatest biodiversity. In addition of its natural resources, Brazil is widely known for its great soccer record, its extensive cultural heritage and the famous cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Brazil debuted in Miss World 1958 and produced a winner in 1971 with Lucia Petterle. Juceila Graziele Bueno, Miss Mundo Brasil 2011, will be the nation's representative in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Juceila Graziele Bueno, Miss Mundo Brasil 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Juceila Bueno, I am 23 years old, and I come from the city of Vera Cruz, Rio Grande do Sul. Before winning the Miss World Brazil title, I was a television presenter at TV Pampa, in my state. I consider myself to be a very dedicated and determined person, who goes after her goals. I dream and then I turn my dreams into reality.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Vera Cruz is a small and hospitable city, with a population of 23 thousand people. The people of Vera Cruz are so proud to have its first Miss Brazil, that the first thing you see when you enter it, is a billboard with a picture of me saying: "Welcome to Vera Cruz, the land of Miss World Brazil 2011!".

Brazil is a very special country with great people. It is living a great moment in terms of economic development, and I am proud to say that it will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. I invite you all to visit and experience my wonderful country.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is the fulfillment of a dream, and the responsibility of taking the best Brazil has to the rest if the world. Working on my social project, helping children who are going through cancer treatment, has made me a better person. Being part of Miss World history is indeed a dream come true for me.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would choose and why?
It may sound silly, but when I was a little girl I loved to listen to Xuxa's Lua de Cristal (Crystal Moon), which talks about dreaming and going after your dreams. This is the what I've always done.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
When you are Miss World Brazil, there's no such thing as a "typical day" (she laughs). I love, in my first two months of reigning I've done and seen so much, that I can only imagine what I will find ahead! Each new day is a surprise.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Working on TV, presenting a sports newscast, hopefully as a former Miss World!

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire our president Dilma Roussef, the first woman to be elected President of Brazil. I think she is doing a very good job.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
Maybe Italy. I think Brazil, and even more my state, Rio Grande do Sul, has a lot in common with Italy, so perhaps it would feel like 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 think that there are safer alternatives to nuclear energy, like solar or wind power generation.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I am against all kinds of prejudice and don't think it's fair to single one out. Wherever there's disrespect to human rights, something is very wrong.

11. What are your duties as Miss Mundo Brasil?
I participate in events, travel to different states and to other countries, work as a model, and donate my image and time to social and environmental causes.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
It plays a very important role, after all, it allows us to be connected to the rest of the world, to fans, to new friends and supporters. I am always connected on Facebook and Twitter.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It means being someone real, kind, honest, ready to extend a hand whenever someone needs it.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Life would have no purpose if all we did was thinking of ourselves. I have my personal goals, but I believe my purpose in life in helping others, something that Miss World's "Beauty With a Purpose" platform gives the opportunity to its delegates. I've been invited to participate in the Miss Universe system, but I chose Miss World because I believe in "Beauty With a Purpose", and that if beauty is a gift, it should be used to help others.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
The support I receive from my family, friends, my organization, and people I don't even know, means a lot to me, it really touches me. Thanks you all so much! I also take this opportunity to thank Times of Beauty for interviewing me ;)

and finally...
Personal Motto: Wait in faith, and God will surprise you!
Personal Goal: Right now my goal is to win the Miss World title
Personal Dream Destination: Germany
Favorite Food: Pasta!
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Song: Pra Você, Paula Fernandes
Favorite Movie: Sweet November
Favorite Book: All Harry Potter books
Favorite Singer/Band: Ivete Sangalo
Favorite Actor/Actress: Caio Castro
Favorite Hobby: Exercising
Favorite Sport: Soccer - I am a huge supporter of Grêmio, my soccer team.

Henrique Fontes, National Director of Miss World in Brazil
Juceila Graziele Bueno
, Miss Mundo Brasil 2011

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