Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.52 - Miss Mundo Uruguay 2011

Uruguay is a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to some 3.5 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. Uruguay's only land border is with Brazil, to the north. To the west lies the Uruguay River and the estuary of the Río de la Plata to the southwest. To the southeast lies the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometers, Uruguay is the second-smallest nation in South America by area. Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, was founded by the Portuguese in 1680. Montevideo was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold and is home to a rich and diverse architectural and cultural heritage. It is the southernmost capital city in the Americas, and the third most southerly in the world. Uruguay won its independence in 1828. The nation is one of the most economically developed countries in South America and the first by human development in Latin America. Uruguay was the first South American country to legalize same-sex and different-sex civil unions at a national level. The Uruguayan landscape features mostly rolling plains and low hill ranges with fertile coastal lowland. A dense fluvial network covers the country, consisting of four river basins or deltas; the Río de la Plata, the Uruguay River, the Laguna Merín and the Río Negro. The highest point in the country is the Cerro Catedral whose peak reaches to 514 meters. Uruguay has 660 km of coastline and is home of nine National Parks. The Uruguayan culture is strongly European and its influences from southern Europe are particularly important. The tradition of the gaucho has been an important element in the art and folklore of both Uruguay and Argentina. Uruguay is home to numerous scenic shores, fishing and hunting areas, hot springs, horse and cattle ranches open for visitors, small towns rich in colonial and early national architectural heritage, and an extensive metropolitan area. The Atlantic coast remains a relatively untapped and unspoiled tourist resource. Its most remote beaches can generally be found in the country's Rocha Department. Notable tourist destinations in the area include the oceanfront communities of Cabo Polonio, La Paloma and Punta del Diablo. Punta del Este is Uruguay’s most popular and developed beach town. Uruguay debuted in Miss World 1959 and finished fifth in 2000. Karina Belén Sogliano Maldonado, Miss Mundo Uruguay 2011, will represent her nation in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Karina Belén Sogliano Maldonado, Miss Mundo Uruguay 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I am in the process of completing some upper-level courses to enter the faculty of communication sciences. I want to specialize in English because my English is very basic. I like everything related to communication as well as radio, theater or television. They are tools that if well used can help many people. I consider myself a funny and responsible person. I value friendship and family. I do not tolerate violence, discrimination and abuse of animals.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
We are a small country but rich in human and natural resources. We have indigenous and European roots. Uruguay is one of the countries with the highest literacy rates. The country has a continuous fight against tobacco smoking. We are a very friendly country and supportive especially when natural disasters occur and we provide much needed relief. Our relief efforts mainly come from our UPA transportable water treatment plant. We encourage tourism because of our beautiful landscapes and hospitality. We have the ever beautiful Punta del Este beach and the historical Colonia del Sacramento.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
For me it's a great honor and responsibility that I live with joy and enthusiasm

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
If I have to choose a song, this would be Gritar by Luis Fonsi. I feel strongly about the message of this song. It tells us not to shut our opinions and our feelings.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I get up early at 8am, eat breakfast and go to the gym. I come home for lunch. Then, I meet my obligations with my studies and in the afternoons I often have castings.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years I see myself with a Bachelor of Communication and hosting a television show or radio program. I see myself running a Non-Governmental Organization and a modeling agency.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire our former president Dr. Tabaré Vázquez because he introduced important changes in our country. When he was president he gave to each student its own computer and promoted the elimination of tobacco smoking which is one of the leading causes of cancer.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would not choose any other country. I like Uruguay for its climate, its scenery, its safety. We don’t have great social conflicts and we have very little chance of experiencing natural disasters. I must admit that I would like to spend a long holiday in the islands of Polynesia.

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 am not in favor. Despite the fact that oil is a nonrenewable natural resource, nuclear energy can give us more consequences than benefits and the potential of disasters.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
In my opinion the worst injustice against human beings is discrimination and the failure to respect human rights.

11. What are your duties as Miss Mundo Uruguay?
Representing my country in the best way possible and convey to the world the Uruguayan culture

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
It plays an important role since it is one of the easiest means of access by which we can share our ideas, opinions and information.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
As human beings we need to honor life, to love, to create a family, to live within the society and to express our ideas. We have the ability to create as much as to destroy. We are the hope of the planet because we can work to reverse the wrong decisions with reference to the contamination of our Earth so all the species that depend on us can have a better quality of life

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
At this point in my life I think my purpose is to do my best to help others, whether communicating or working in social work. In my country there is an NGO called Un Techo Para Mi País where they meet financial and material resources with which students build houses for the needy

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Hello everyone my name is Belén Sogliano and I represent Uruguay. I want you to know that I put all my effort and dedication to perform well and make my country proud. I am very happy to participate in 61st edition of Miss World.

and finally...
Personal Motto: "Pursue your goals and achieve them"
Personal Dream Destination: Bora Bora
Favorite Food: Pasta, salads, seafood and desserts
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Song: Gritar by Luis Fonsi and Balada para un Loco
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Book: Historia en el Cabo Polonio by Helen Velando
Favorite Singer or Band: Aerosmith, Beyoncé
Favorite Actor/Actress: Will Smith
Favorite Hobby: Reading, dancing, acting, managing, and crafts
Favorite Sport: Handball

Angel Cairo Grien, Coordinator Miss Universo Uruguay Organization
Karina Belén Sogliano Maldonado
, Miss Mundo Uruguay 2011

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