Friday, October 21, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.63 - Miss World Greece 2011

Greece is located in southeastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula; it lies at the meeting point of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa. Greece borders to the north on Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to the northwest on Albania, to the northeast on Turkey; to the west it is washed by the Ionian Sea; to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the east by the Aegean Sea. The total area of Greece is 131,957 square kilometers and consists of three main geographic areas. A peninsular mainland -that extends from the region of Central Greece on the South to the region of Thrace on the North- being the biggest geographic feature of the country. The Peloponnese peninsula that is separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus, and around 6.000 islands and islets, scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea, most of them grouped in clusters, that constitute the unique Greek archipelago. Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, the Dodecanese and the Cyclades are some of the famous and popular islands and island clusters in Greece. Eighty percent of the country consists of mountains or hills, making Greece one of the most mountainous countries of Europe; furthermore, it has 16.000 kilometers of coastline of which 7500 are found around the thousands islands of the Greek archipelago, a truly unparalleled phenomenon on the European continent. Little is known to date to the Paleolithic Era in Greece, but quite a lot is known about the Neolithic Period that followed and its civilization, which is traced mainly in areas that included Thessaly and Macedonia. Civilizations with impressive achievements developed during the Bronze Age in the Northeastern Aegean, the Cyclades, Crete and the Greek Mainland. The civilizations that flourished during the 2nd Millennium in the two regions, known as the Minoan and the Mycenean Periods respectively, are considered to be the first of the great civilizations in Greece. Architectural remains, as well as pottery work, stone carving, metallurgy, jewelry making and murals were impressive and representative works of these civilizations. During the historical years, the civilizations of the Geometric Period and the Archaic Period were considered to be the forerunners of the culture found in the Classical Period. The Classical works of art, with their ideal proportions and beauty, expressed the philosophical ideals of their times, and were the model of the European Renaissance Era of the 15th Century A.D. Greek civilization developed during the subsequent Hellenistic Years and the Roman Years, within the framework of large kingdoms and an empire respectively. Greek civilization again flourished -within the framework of an empire- during the Byzantine Years, while civilization in more recent times was marked by the Ottoman occupation and the emergence of the new Hellenic State after the Greek War of Independence in the 1800s. Greece debuted in Miss World 1953 and produced a winner in 1996 with Irene Skliva. This year, the land of Gods will be represented by Eleni Miariti, Miss World Greece 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Eleni Miariti, Miss World Greece 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I am 21 years old and I live in Athens. I am a model and my experiences from this work are magnificent and I hope for more! I study Law at the University of Athens. Studying at the University of Athens is hard, but very rewarding. I put a lot of effort and do my best for the future.
I like painting and dancing and I am taking acting lessons. These are ways of expressing myself.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
I love my country and I am very proud of it due to its past and history with which I grew up with.
My country at this moment is in a crisis but I am hopeful and expect a better future. Difficulties make us better and smarter. We will overcome this too, as we overcame many problems in the past.
My hometown is a little town outside of Athens. It is small, more of a family place and near to the sea which I love! I had the best time there!

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a great honor for me to represent my country at the 61st Miss World finals! This event is one of the biggest and respected beauty pageants in the world. I am sure that this experience will teach me a lot of things that will make me a better person. I will make new friendships and I will have the opportunity to show to the world that my country has really good and welcoming people!

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
This is a difficult question because I like so many songs - I love music. I would say one song that goes straight to my heart is Old Habits Die Hard by Mick Jagger. I feel that the lyrics are very strong.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I try to wake up early! Usually I am working or I have a casting. I go to my University and in the evening I have rehearsals because I am training to be a salsa dancer! Of course every day is different than the other I try to change my program and try to live and experience each day!

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I would say 10 years is a long time. I am a dreamer and I try to live today and every day to the fullest! I want life to surprise me and the dreams I have to become true. I do not want my life to become a "routine."

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
Ireni Papa and Melina Merkouri are two women I admire for their strong personality their beauty and mind.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
India and South Africa would be my choices - different and difficult. Every day fighting for life but at the same time I would have the chance to live in the nature - this is in fact the real world.

9. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Some people have everything and others have nothing. We have a lot of food but some children die from hunger. This is not fair. The solution for that depends on us to do something.

10. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant title-holder?
Talking and carrying out a real conversation plays a big role. But today technology plays a big part in everyday life and therefore it is a quick way of communicating with people who share your thoughts and goals, share ideas and act in a higher level. For a beauty pageant titleholder, communication and sharing is an important activity.

11. What does it mean to be a human being?
Be an artist in the soul, be fair, be alive be strong, be compassionate.

12. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
I try to be better every day and try to make something for everybody to become better humans. This is also a motive behind my wish to be Miss World, as this would give me an opportunity to share my ideas and my thoughts with the people in need and act for them with them.

13. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
My friends, I count on your support, please be with me in this wonderful new experience! Help me to be better and I will do my best!

and finally...
Personal Motto: BE STRONG, BE POSITIVE! The life taught me that only like this I can go on successfully.
Personal Goal: Be myself and be fair. This is not easy!
Personal Dream Destination: Africa and India... Such interesting places. I am sure that eventually I will visit both of them!
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Color: Light blue. Makes me feel free
Favorite Song: OLD HABITS DIE HARD by Mick Jagger
Favorite Movie: FORREST GUMP! So strong and inspiring movie. Also POCAHONTAS. The story of being free and run in a forest living in the nature fascinates me. Finally, I like so much the film CITY OF GOD as well.
Favorite Book: Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey
Favorite Singer/Band: No one in particular.
Favorite Actor/Actress: No one in particular
Favorite Hobby: Dancing Latin music and painting
Favorite Sport: Dancing, jogging and swimming!

Vassilis Prevelakis, National Director of Miss World in Greece
Eleni Miariti
, Miss World Greece 2011

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