Friday, October 14, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.49 - Miss Monde Martinique 2011

Located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, Martinique is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Its eastern coastline borders the Atlantic Ocean while its western coast is flanked by the Caribbean Sea. Martinique has a surface area of 1101 square kilometers. The rugged mountainous landscape to the north is geologically young. Mount Pelée is the island’s highest peak. The north is characterized by dense forests, rivers and waterfalls. In the center, the Lamentin Plain transitions to the south’s gentler and geologically older landscape of rolling hills. The southern coast is dotted with many picturesque bays and coves. In the southernmost part of the island, a savanna of petrified trees is an unusual geological sight. Martinique has a fairly mild climate and the heat is never excessive. Due to the tropical climate conditions in Martinique, the island is lush with vegetation: lavish tropical forests, groves, savannas, countless species of trees, fruits, plants and flowers, not to mention the mangrove forests. The wildlife mainly consists of birds, fish and shellfish, as well as small lizards, iguanas and trigonocephalus snakes that are only found in Martinique. The manicou, a type of opossum, is one of the rare mammals to be found in the Antilles. The mongoose, however, was introduced by humans to control the snake population. Martinique has a multiethnic population. This diversity stems from the cultural mixing of the island’s successive inhabitants: Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, Indians, Levantines and Asians. The island has been marked by multiple influences and cultural mixing; its eventful past is evidenced by its architecture, historic monuments and museums. Approximately one quarter of the population resides in the administrative capital, Fort-de-France. Martinique is truly a land of tradition and culture, with a rich history of crafts and literature by renowned authors and famous poets, music and dance, lifestyle and gastronomy. Numerous religious denominations are present in Martinique. The official language is French, although everyone speaks Creole, a language that is a blend of Old French, English, and African languages, as well as surviving Amerindian terms. Martinique debuted in Miss World 2005 and reached the semifinals in 2009. This year Axelle Perrier, Miss Monde Martinique 2011, will represent her nation in Miss World 2011

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Axelle Perrier, Miss Monde Martinique 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
Hello! I’m Axelle Perrier, Miss World Martinique 2011. I’m 20 years old, I live in Fort-de-France with my parents and my two brothers. This year I completed a higher national certificate in computer science and next year I shall seek a professional license in computing at the University of the Antilles and Guyane. I like fashion shows and cinema. My favorite actress is Jessica Alba. I enjoy spending time with my friends, dancing and going to the beach.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Martinique is an island situated between Saint Lucia and Dominica in the Caribbean islands. The capital Fort-de-France hosts visiting cruise ships and “Yoles” (Skiffs) during the summer. Martinique is a volcanic island. Its volcano, La Montagne Pelée, is situated in the north where most fishing is practiced. In the south, the island offers white sand beaches on the Atlantic coast lined with a coral reef. In Martinique, we speak Creole and French. Creole cooking dominates our very diverse dishes, such as the famous Ti-nain lanmori  (plantains with cod), a traditional dish accompanied with its hot pepper Bondamanjak, or Lambi (conch).

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
To be able to represent Martinique at the election of Miss World for me is an opportunity to interact with the world, to learn through the other beauty queens more about other countries, and to show my knowledge and experience about my island Martinique (way of life, songs, dances…).

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose A chaque jour suffit sa peine of the rapper Nessbeal because it reminds that life is a perpetual fight and that you should not give up. It is necessary to fight to achieve what you want and not to get discouraged by the difficulties of day-to-day life.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Since my crowning, a day in my life generally never look like any other day, between the early photo shoots, the interviews, my studies, the fashion shows, the training for Miss World 2011, my student life changed a lot. But I still have the same objective « learn from every thing in my life to build my future »

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In ten years, I see myself as an accomplished woman in her professional and personal life, while continuing to be young at heart. I see myself as an computer engineer in Canada developing new software. I see myself living in a house using renewable energy with my children playing in the garden and my husband filming their best moments.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire Aimé Césaire because he helped Martinican people to open their mind after the slavery history. This multitalented man was a poet, playwright, and politician and one of the most influential authors from the French-speaking Caribbean. Aimé Césaire formulated with Léopold Senghor and Léon Gontian Damas the concept and movement of négritude, defined as "affirmation that one is black and proud of it". Césaire's thoughts about restoring the cultural identity of black Africans were first fully expressed in Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (Return to My Native Land), a mixture of poetry and poetic prose. The work celebrated the ancestral homelands of Africa and the Caribbean.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
Canada, because I want to discover another government, to live in another environment. Also Huahine, "the island of the woman” in French Polynesia because I have always dreamed to live in a another paradise besides my island, and also because Huahine was governed by queens.

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 energy is very dangerous for man. One can see the devastation that nuclear powers have caused in the past. Radioactive clouds are harmful for man and his long-term health. The reduction of man's dependance from this resource would be favorable for the generations to come and for the planet. The use of solar energy would be beneficial instead and would also save energy all around the world.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The biggest human injustice is the disparity of wealth. Major powers hold 80% of the global resources, and the rest of the planet is poor. An equal distribution of wealth would be a solution to remedy it. Every country could also exploit its own wealth at best, and it would allow economic development through fair trade.

11. What are your duties as Miss Monde Martinique?
I have to represent Martinique, be an example for all the youth of my island. My first mission is to promote Martinique as a tourist destination and attraction. My participation in Miss World 2011 will help me to provide international media coverage to the island, and hopefully be able to continue in this path.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
With the social media, we can follow the life and the various activities of a beauty pageant candidate. We can see her first photos there and interact with her. They can help make her known at a global level. Her fans can communicate with her and vice versa. The candidate can also send messages to help those who admire her.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
A human being is a person who builds his or her personality by the values and the experience of his or her life. Since birth, it is intended to live in society with his fellow men and women, to like and respect the luck which was offered to him or her and to be able to be on Earth.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to take advantage of the luck I have to be on Earth without losing courage in front of everyday problems. Use my capacities to the utmost to advance and bring all that I can to others.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you so much for all your support. Never give up in your dreams. And always smile to life.

Moana Sarann Luu, National Director of Miss World in Martinique
Axelle Perrier
, Miss Monde Martinique 2011

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