Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SOUTH SUDAN | 2012 Meet the Misses e.1 - Miss World South Sudan 2011/2012

South Sudan is a landlocked country in Africa. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city. South Sudan is bordered by Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, the Central African Republic to the west, and Sudan to the north. South Sudan includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd formed by the White Nile, locally called the Bahr al Jabal. South Sudan is the newest independent nation in the world. It received its independence on July 9, 2011 following a referendum held on January 2011 after a long lasting war with its northern neighbor, Sudan. The nation is covered in tropical forest, swamps, and grassland. The White Nile passes through the country, passing by Juba. South Sudan's protected area of Bandingilo National Park hosts the second-largest wildlife migration in the world. Surveys have revealed that Boma National Park, west of the Ethiopian border, as well as the Sudd wetland and Southern National Park near the border with Congo, provided habitat for large populations of hartebeest, kob, topi, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, and lions. South Sudan's forest reserves also provided habitat for bongo, giant forest hogs, Red River Hogs, forest elephants, chimpanzees, and forest monkeys. Habitats in the country include grasslands, high-altitude plateaus and escarpments, wooded and grassy savannas, floodplains, and wetlands. The Boma-Jonglei Landscape region encompasses Boma National Park, broad pasturelands and floodplains, Bandingilo National Park, and the Sudd, a vast area of swamp and seasonally-flooded grasslands that includes the Zeraf Wildlife Reserve. South Sudan has a population of around 8 million and a predominantly rural, subsistence economy. The south contains many tribal groups with over 60 languages. The major ethnic groups present in South Sudan are the Dinka at more than 1 million, the Nuer, the Bari, and the Azande. The Shilluk constitute a historically influential state along the White Nile, and their language is fairly closely related to Dinka and Nuer. The traditional territories of the Shilluk and the Northeastern Dinka are adjacent. Atong De Mach, Miss World South Sudan 2011, will be the very first representative from South Sudan in Miss World and South Sudan's first international participation ever as an independent nation in any type of international event.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Atong De Mach, Miss World South Sudan 2011/2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
Hello! I am Atong De Mach, 23 years old, 1.80m and I come from South Sudan. I am a student of languages at Juba University and I am on my final year. I am the current and first ever Miss World South Sudan.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
My country South Sudan is the newest independent nation in the world. We have been blessed last 9th of July, 2011 when we became independent after more than fifty years of war. We lost 2.5 million during the war and many women, children and elderly were left behind as victims, poor and without education. I am from Jonglei State, specifically from the town of Bor. I am proudly Dinka, the biggest tribe in South Sudan. The Dinka girls are the known for being very tall with very white teeth and a very black skin. All supermodels are from my tribe, starting with supermodel Alek Wek.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 62nd Miss World finals?
This is the first time ever South Sudan participates in Miss World. I am so happy to be an ambassador representing all the beauties of South Sudan and also show the world that South Sudan is more than just a war-torn country. I want to show that we have people working hard to bring change to this country.



4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I will choose Mariah Carey’s Hero because as the lyrics say, there is a hero inside my heart. I don’t have to be afraid of who I am and when I feel hope is gone I just look inside my heart and be strong because I know a hero lives in me.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
They vary but before and as a beauty queen, I’ve been involved in charitable activities in my country on a daily basis. I am also preparing myself for Miss World.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself as a very successful woman, hosting a TV show and with a foundation to promote and protect the rights of children in South Sudan.


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
The person I admire the most is our hero, the late Dr. John Garang De Mabior. The reason is that because of him South Sudan is now a republic.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I wouldn’t. In my country South Sudan, life is simple, people are humble. What I love the most about my people is that they can still give you a good smile even in hard times. The amazing green environment in my sweet country gives you peace.


9. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The biggest injustice right now is the continuous war in different places around the world.

10. What are your duties as Miss World South Sudan?
Many women, children and elderly are homeless and they lost everyone they knew during the war. Together with the Ministry of Information we are working to get them a place where they can star in a safe environment.


11. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
It gives you the opportunity of being in touch with your friends and fans by keeping them updated with your activities and duties as a beauty queen.

12. What does it mean to be a human being?
Being a human being is all about respecting you and respecting everyone.


13. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose is helping everyone who needs help and absolutely never turn my back on them.

14. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you everyone and may God bless you all.

and finally...
Personal Goal: To be a successful woman and use my power to help others.
Favorite Food: South Sudanese traditional food.
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: Hero
Favorite Movie: Rush Hour
Favorite Book: South Sudan after Independence
Favorite Singer/Band: Usher
Favorite Actor/Actress: Taylor Lautner and Vivica A. Fox
Favorite Hobby: Acting
Favorite Sport: Basketball

SPECIAL THANKS
Atong Demach, Miss World South Sudan 2011
Tony Chirah
Nyanut Ring
, National Director of Miss World in South Sudan

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