Sunday, October 16, 2011

ETHIOPIA | 2012 Meet the Misses e.5 - Miss World Ethiopia 2011/2012

 Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Simien Mountains to the depths of the Danakil Depression, at 120 meters below sea level one of the lowest dry land points on earth. The cornucopia of natural beauty that blesses Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of landscapes: Afro-Alpine highlands soaring to around 4,300 meters, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, dense and lush jungle. Ethiopia has one of the largest number of rivers in the world while the country's northernmost area at Dallol, Afar is the hottest place year-round anywhere on Earth. Ethiopia, an old country beyond all imaginations, has culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years with over 80 different Ethnic groups with their own language, culture and traditions with the two largest being the Oromo and the Amhara. Ethiopia has a proud and long history extending to the known beginnings of humankind. The Axumite kingdom was one of the great civilizations of the ancient world and has left behind the mystery of the great Stellae found at Axum. Ethiopia is the earliest known home of humankind. A skeleton of an older human ancestor Australopithecus Afarensis was discovered in 1974 in the Afar region. The skeleton is popularly known as Lucy. Registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage, the site of the discovery is called Hadar , situated 160 kilometers northeast of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The nation debuted in Miss World 2003 and reached the semifinals on that same year. Melkam Michael Endale, Miss World Ethiopia 2012, will represent the African nation in Ordos.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Melkam Michael Endale, Miss World Ethiopia 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself?
My name is Melkam Michael and I am 21 years old. I am a University student studying Business Management.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown?
I live in Ethiopia which is one of the most historically enriched countries in the world. Because we have never been colonized, we are a country that possesses the pride for all Africans nations to partake of. We are also the headquarters of the African Union. My village where I grew up is beautiful with cultural and traditional values and surrounded with loveable people who are always welcoming.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 62nd Miss World finals?
For me, being in this years’ Miss World finals provides a once in a life time opportunity to present myself to the whole world, also it gives me the privilege to show the beauty and the culture of my country to the rest of the world. I will also come to know different cultures and share ideas with the other contestants thus forming one big family.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose all of Yanni’s music because it shows how I live my life, slowly and patiently.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
My days are usually spent busy in school. Afterwards, I look for friends to go to the movies or enjoy meaningful conversations while relaxing at a local cafe.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In ten years I see myself being a part of the economic and developmental change in my country. It is my goal and aspiration to help change the image of my country abroad.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Our Prime Minster Mr. Meles Zenawi because he has shown the rest of the world how to lead a developing country with respect and for showing that Ethiopia can stand by herself through her own growth and development. He may not be the most popular of persons, but he has made a significant change which I admire.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
First of all, my country is my home and means everything to me, but if I have a chance to explore another country and get a chance to live there I would definitely choose France, specifically Paris because I love fashion, and for me Paris is the capital city of fashion!

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 support the idea in a big way because nuclear energy is helping our Earth live longer so long as its’ practice is safe. It can be a key to reduce our dependency on oil, but we must not sacrifice our safety. While we cannot control natural disasters such as an Earthquake, we must build as safe as possible, the same way we have learned to build our homes and businesses safer to protect against tsunamis’ and other disasters.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
For me at this time is giving a death penalty to a criminal. Taking a life away from family and friends is an injustice, but we should also consider the people who are also family to the criminal and allow the individual to serve time in prison for their crime while yet living. Perhaps they will be able to influence others not to commit such acts in the future.

11. What are your duties as Miss World Ethiopia?
As Miss World Ethiopia I have many duties such as participating in humanitarian causes and activities, teaching young woman to stand up for what they believe in and the thing which truly makes me so happy is showing that women are equal with men in everything we set our minds to. I try to teach our young generation that as women we need to support one another because there are diseases that are attacking our mothers, sisters and daughters without the other person having any knowledge of the disease, and how harmful it is. This is a serious problem in my country because many people in the rural areas are not educated in this area.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Not only does this blog help to find fiends and supporters, but social media also gives pageant winners the advantage of showing what we doing in our lives and what have we achieved.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
For me being a human being means helping one another, and being there for who ever needs your help in better or worse.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to be able to help as many people as I can to achieve their dreams and to see the smile upon their faces when they hit that point.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
First of all, I want to thank the Miss World organization for making me a part of this great pageant, secondly I want to say to all my supporters and the readers of The Times of Beauty as well as my country men, it is not too late to effect change. We still can make a difference by showing the world who we truly are.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Everything happens for a reason, and it may get dark when your future is going to be bright.
Personal Goal: Being able to finish my education in order to have a better future and become one of the world’s top models so as to help and change the image of my country.
Personal Dream Destination: Visiting Paris of course!
Favorite Food: Salad and our traditional food Kitfo.
Favorite Color: Purple and dark blue.
Favorite Song: I don’t have a favorite because I love music so much.
Favorite Movie: All the Harry Potter films
Favorite Book: All J.K Rowlings Harry Potter books. Honestly!
Favorite Singer/Band: Besides Yanni, Rihanna
Favorite Actor/Actress: Will Smith, that’s all.
Favorite Hobby: Reading fiction and listening to jazz and classical music.
Favorite Sport: Soccer

Gadol Wilson, National Director of Miss World in Ethiopia
Melkam Michael Endale, Miss World Ethiopia 2012

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