Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.45 - Miss Nederland World 2011

The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands located mainly in Northwest Europe with a portion in the Caribbean Sea. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The country capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague. The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 25% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level, and 50% of its land lying less than one meter above sea level. Significant land area has been gained through land reclamation and preserved through an elaborate system of polders and dikes. Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three important European rivers, which together with their distributaries form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta. Most of the country is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far southeast and several low-hill ranges in the central parts. The country is divided into two main parts by three large rivers, the Rhine, the Waal and the Meuse. These rivers functioned as a natural barrier between earlier fiefdoms and hence created traditionally a cultural divide, as is evident in some phonetic traits that are recognizable north and south of these large rivers. The southwestern part of the Netherlands is a river delta and two tributaries of the Scheldt. Only one significant branch of the Rhine flows northeastward, the IJssel river, discharging into the IJsselmeer, the former Zuiderzee This river also forms a linguistic divide: people to the east of this river speak Dutch Low Saxon dialects, except for the province of Friesland, which has its own language. The Netherlands is well known for its splendid beaches. The Dutch coastline offers unlimited opportunities for water sport fanatics, nature lovers and beach fans. The beaches of the Netherlands can be divided in three groups: the Wadden Islands, the coastline of the provinces North-Holland and South-Holland, and Zeeland. Amsterdam, whose name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel, was settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century. Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded, and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were formed. The 17th-century worldwide renowned canals of Amsterdam, located in the heart of Amsterdam, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The country is widely known as the beacon of tolerance and has been in the lead for years on the advancement and protection of Human Rights. The Netherlands debuted in Miss World 1952 and produced two winners: Corine Rottschaefer (1959) and Catharina Johanna Lodders (1962). This year, Jill Lauren de Robles will represent Netherlands at the world's greatest beauty contest, Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Jill Lauren de Robles, Miss Nederland World 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I'm Jill de Robles, 22 years and live in Emmen, a small town in the north of The Netherlands. I have my own apartment with my lovely cat Moos. After my high school, I studied cultural anthropology, but recently I stopped. I work as a hostess for companies. It's fun work and I meet many different people. The beauty pageant came at a good time in my life and gives me the opportunity to meet a new world.
I am a very athletic girl, I like football (soccer), gymnastics, dancing, skiing and snowboarding, but horse riding stole my heart and for many years I am a fanatic show jumper.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
My country is known for being an open and tolerant society which is very important to me. Most tourists think that tulips, windmills and wooden shoes are typical Dutch and nowadays younger people think of The Netherlands as the country where "everything is allowed". The town I grew up is called Emmen, it's a small town in the province Drenthe. As a child I always felt safe and secure in Emmen. Growing up in this town gave me a lot of opportunities, for example the beautiful surrounding nature, lots of sport facilities and Emmen has also a great zoo. Nowadays I enjoy shopping, going out in Emmen and meeting friends.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
For me it was already very special to win the Miss World Netherlands title. So I think it's a great honor to represent my home country at the 60th anniversary of the Miss World pageant in its founding country England.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I actually didn't thought about this question before and it's not easy to come up with one song that would really describe me. There is one song which I can't get out of my head since the Miss Netherlands pageant because it was really our pageant song, and that is Who run the world from Beyoncé. It was also played when we first got on stage in the finale. This song always gives me a very strong and vibrant feeling and gives me lots of energy because it reminds me the day that I was crowned Miss Netherlands World!
I have to say that there is another song that always puts a smile on my face and makes me want to dance and that is the song Hold You from Gyptian. I put it on my phone as my alarm clock to wake up very happy in the morning.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
At the moment I'm between two studies. For me every day is a different day because my work isn't a steady job. My work contains hosting, promotion activities and sometimes photo shoots. This is why at times I'm very busy and at other times I'm more relaxed. Sometimes I'm not so busy and I like to spend my time with friends and family, ride my horse and go to the gym.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
There's a quote that tells: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That's why it's called a present". This quote says a lot about the way I want to live my life, but of course I hope to have a nice life in the future. When I'm at the age of thirty-two I see myself living in the countryside near a nice village, hopefully with my lover (whom I didn't find yet), perhaps with one or two kids but anyway with animals. To realize my dream house, I would like to make a living by working in the social sector and maybe some modeling.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
A person I really admire is Princess Máxima, she is married to our Crown Prince Alexander. I think she's a very strong women because she focuses on the issue of integration of immigrants into Dutch cultures. Especially she focus on recommending ways to increase the participation of female immigrants in the workforce. Princess Máxima stresses the importance for immigrants of learning the Dutch language, as she did, to fully participate in the Dutch society. Another reason for my admiration is because she played a big role in promoting micro credit all over the world. Besides this she is a mother of three daughters, this year she is chosen as mother of the year. Máxima is a very kind and charming women.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I'm happy living in The Netherlands, it’s a very free and tolerant country. But I dislike the weather here because it's raining very often. For this reason I would choose a warm country with beautiful nature. My dad is from Suriname so maybe for me longing to the sun is in my genes. Besides the warm sunny weather, I really like the Spanish or Latin American culture, so I would choose to live in one of those places.

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'm against nuclear energy because it poses many threats to people and the environment. These threats include problems of processing, transport and storage of radioactive nuclear waste and the risk of nuclear weapons and terrorism. In my opinion there shouldn't be new centrals for nuclear energy. The money spend on building new reactors should be invested in developing green energy.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
In my eyes the worst kind of human injustice is that in spite of the universal declaration of human rights there are still many people in the world for who those rights don't count.

11. What are your duties as Miss Nederland World?
Represent my country in the best way and I want to be a role model for all young girls.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
With social media you can reach many people in different countries. It's very good for networking and promoting yourself. Nowadays it's a necessary tool for communication but on the other side it shouldn't replace face to face contact. I also think social media could harm moral values because they don't allow time for compassion and admiration and sometimes messages can be misunderstood.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
I'm glad to be a human being because it gives me the ability to think, communicate and to make choices in life.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to live it to the fullest, which means to explore more places in the world, follow my dreams, do lots of new activities, learn new skills, experience different things in the world and also to help the world today so that there can be a better world tomorrow.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Dear fans and The Times of Beauty followers! Until I started my adventure in the Miss Netherlands pageant I never really knew much about this world, I totally started as a rookie. But the last months brought me so much fun and I’ve learned many things like presenting myself, and it kind of feels like becoming a real women. I’m very thankful and I hope I will do very well in the Miss World competition. So thank you all very much for the support and I hope you will keep supporting me on my way to the Miss World finals. And perhaps I’ll see you there!! ;)

and finally...
Personal Motto: Whatever you think, think the opposite
Personal Goal: Becoming Miss World! ;)
Personal Dream Destination: Latin America or Suriname, but I really love to travel to many places in the future.
Favorite Food: Cod sandwich
Favorite Color: Coral
Favorite Song: I actually don't have one favorite song, so I really can't choose
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Book: I think “Her name was Sarah” was a beautiful book, it’s about the holocaust.
Favorite Singer/Band: I love different kinds of music like soul, R&B, latin. I don’t really have one favorite singer, but I admire lots of singers. At the moment I listen to Bruno Mars very often. I also like to listen to the music of Justin Nozuka, I get to know his music by my sister.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Will Smith
Favorite Hobby: Going out and dance with my friends, shopping, snowboarding
Favorite Sport: Horse riding (show jumping)

Kim Kötter, National Director of Miss World in the Netherlands
Jill Lauren de Robles
, Miss Nederland World 2011

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