Thursday, October 20, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.61 - Miss Egypt World 2011

Egypt is located in the northeast corner of the African continent, on the Mediterranean Sea, at a crossroad between Africa, Asia and Europe. It is bordered to the east by the Red Sea, Gaza and Israel to the northeast, Libya to the west, and Sudan to the south. The country is divided into 4 main geological areas. The Nile Valley and Delta extends on both sides of the Nile from the southern limit of the river going through Aswan, Luxor, to reach Cairo, then ramifying to the north and encompassing the destinations of Damietta and Rosetta. These ramifications, north of Cairo form the Nile Delta, Egypt’s most fertile agricultural land. The Western Desert extends from the Nile Valley in the east to the Egypt-Libyan border in the west and from the Mediterranean coast in the north to the southern Egyptian border, it is one of Egypt’s most arid regions. Sparsely inhabited yet charming oases Siwa, Bahariya, Farafra, Kharga and Dakhla dot this extensive region. The Eastern Desert lies between the Nile Valley to the west, the Red Sea and Gulf of Suez to the east, Lake Manzala to the north and the Sudanese border to the south. This arid region embraces the Red Sea Mountains chain. The region is Egypt’s richest in natural resources. Its underground treasures include gems, coal and oil. The Sinai Peninsula is a triangularly shaped plateau linked from its northwestern corner to Egypt’s mainland, at the Gulf of Suez. The peninsula is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. This area is divided into a southern section, the middle section and the northern section. Egypt is home to a multicultural society. Ethnic Egyptians constitute the large majority of Egypt's total population whereas Egypt's minorities include Nubians, Berbers, Bedouins, Arabs, Turks, and Greeks, additionally to small tribal communities: the Bejas and Doms. The former are concentrated in the southeastern corner of Egypt, and the latter live mostly in the Nile Delta and the Fayoum oasis. Egypt is also known for the varied forms of folk art and dances, proper to each region of the country. While inhabitants of Suez, Ismailiya and Port Said are famous for group dances accompanied by music played on the traditional semsomiya, the southern population of Al-Saeed are known for their logging and equestrian inspired dances. Nubian dances are probably the most colorful and joyful folkloric performances; Nubians wear colorful costumes and dance to the enticing rhythms of Nubian songs. The folkloric Sinai dance is one where the dancers wear beautiful hand-embroidered dresses and perform a sword-dance. Monuments in Egypt such as the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx were constructed by its ancient civilization. Its ancient ruins, such as those of Memphis, Thebes, and Karnak and the Valley of the Kings outside Luxor, are a significant focus of archaeological study.The economy of Egypt is one of the most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and service at almost equal production levels. In early 2011, Egypt underwent a revolution, which resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power. Egypt debuted in 1953 and won the pageant in 1954 with Antigone Costanda. Donia Hamed Soliman will represent Egypt in Miss World 2011.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Donia Hamed Soliman, Miss Egypt World 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I'm Donia Hamed, a 23 years old Finance graduate from AASt, and I am the Miss Egypt World 2011 titleholder. Despite the sash and the crown, I am a very normal girl with big dreams which are slowly being reached. I live with my mother and my only brother, Khaled, who I love so much.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Through my previous experience in Miss Universe 2010, I found that Egypt doesn't really need much of an introduction! I remember that some girls in Miss Universe used to struggle to introduce their countries and make people from the press aware of their respective nations! Egypt is just the mother of all cultures with over 7,000 years of history and heritage, the land of the pharaohs, the pyramids, the beautiful beaches, and recently REVOLUTION!

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is such a great honor, Miss World is the largest pageant in the world and the longest existing so far, I am very excited to meet girls from almost 120 nations around the World. I am sure it will be quite an experience and it has been a while since I have visited London, so it should be really nice, especially around this time in the year.
In addition to that, I think Egypt's participation in Miss World this year is quite of an event itself. Given all the events that have been taking place in the Middle East, Egypt is the only revolutionary country to be present in Miss World this year. I think it sends an important message to the World and puts a huge burden on my shoulders to transfer the image I am supposed to present to the World about my country during this critical period of its' history.
I am just very proud to be the first Egyptian representative to Miss World post the revolution!


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
It's My Life by John Bon Jovi. This song is very powerful and whenever I feel like I am lost on track due to any kind of pressure, especially peer pressure, I feel that this song brings me back to my grounds and reminds me of what is my responsibility towards myself and my surrounding!



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Well, since I graduated last year I have been involved in many charity projects with the Miss Egypt Organization. There is no typical day for me right now, it is either a charity project, a field trip, an official event or maybe a glamorous photo-shoot! Sometimes it is chaotic, but it is always something new and exciting.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A very successful business woman, maybe running a multinational enterprise as a CEO. I am passionate about my studies and I'm currently starting my masters degree. However, I would love the picture to look perfect with a loving, supporting husband and maybe a pair of twins (always wished for twins!)

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Dr. Mohamed Elbaradei, an Egyptian political activist and an ex-diplomat who has been in the scene for ages, fighting for freedom and human rights of the Egyptian citizens and who, despite all pressures by the old regime, remained standing tall and is now running for presidency! It is also worth mentioning that Elbaradei was the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and thus would be a perfect candidate for presidency.
So I announce my support to him through your prestigious website! haha...

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
Well, I have had my share of traveling around the World, but wherever I go, I never really pictured myself living elsewhere other than Egypt. However, if I had to choose a place, it would be somewhere that has beautiful nature, beaches and serenity, maybe the Maldives or Bora Bora.


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 totally for the use of alternative energy. The Sendai Earthquake was a minor set back of course, however, it only means that we should do more research and work harder on making this kind of technology more safe, not to ban it!
The way I see it is that cumulatively, the use of alternative energy, whether nuclear, solar or wind, could have never harmed as much people as our depending on oil have had so far and our dependence on it will help us decrease the number of people negatively affected even more.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Unfortunately, human injustice has been around since the creation of mankind, it always will be there too. In my own opinion, it would be the way that some Arab leaders deal with protests in their countries. Oppressing the voices of their people, and not just that, but also killing them, brutally, aside from many other inhumane crimes, just to maintain a form of social status is just above any level of understanding for me.


11. What are your duties as Miss Egypt World?
I won the Miss Egypt 2010 title a year ago, and was recently appointed as Miss Egypt World 2011. The new title did not bring much more responsibilities to me, I am still doing the same amount of public duties and appearances in addition to charities.
The new title came with the Miss World mission, for which I am obliged to represent my country in the best possible way and preparing for it was hectic, cause we did not have enough time to prepare, nor did we have the necessary sponsorship due to the current political and economic situation in the country.
However, the Miss Egypt Organization did a great job and we are now ready to rock the World! I even believe that I am more prepared for Miss World than I ever was for my original mission in Miss Universe last year!

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
The development of the social media in pageantry has been remarkable, I do have my own Facebook profile and I had a Facebook page since last year. The most important thing about what social media provide for pageant titleholders is communication with the fans on a real-time basis.
It really is amazing, the number of followers, and he amount of information exchanged on pageants online! I have personally been a bit of an addict lately, just checking what is going on around the World and seeing how other girls are preparing.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It means that you can live outside your own shell, to be able to see the others around you and to feel them. being is the part which marks your existence in the world as a particle, human is what sets us apart from any other kind of particles.


14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
This is too general to describe, but in the larger sense it would be to reflect my own positive energy on the World, and this would only be possible if I managed to produce such energy through doing what really makes me happy, and that is being successful in whatever I choose to do.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I am really lucky to be representing my country this year, and I would like to thank everyone who is supporting me, who took the time to read this interview and I hope you all wish me luck in this mission, cause it is very important to me as it is to my country to do well in Miss World this year. Thank you!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Never stop till you see the sign which says stop!
Personal Goal: Winning Miss World 2011 for now.
Personal Dream Destination: The Maldives.
Favorite Food: Italian and Mexican in addition to the regular junk stuff, I have been off those for a while now!
Favorite Color: Brown.
Favorite Song: The Way You Are, Bruno Mars.
Favorite Movie: Holes.
Favorite Book: Zokak El Madak, by Naguib Mahfouz
Favorite Singer/Band: Katie Perry
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts, Robert Deniro
Favorite Hobby: Shopping!
Favorite Sport: Jogging


SPECIAL THANKS
Ahmed Khorshed, Face To Face by Youssef Spahi
Youssef Spahi
, National Director of Miss World in Egypt
Donia Hamed Soliman, Miss Egypt World 2011

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