Friday, September 30, 2011

Miss Suriname 2011


Miss Suriname 2011
PARAMARIBO, Suriname - Stefanie Grace Gentle (21, Nieuw Nickerie) was crowned Miss Suriname 2011 at the Congress Hall in Paramaribo. She will represent Suriname in Miss World 2012 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia next August after withdrawing from the 2011 edition due to visa problems. Lavurne Mormon was the first runner-up and Danitsa Kartodikromo was the second runner-up. Megan Griffith and Vanity Soeroredjo completed the Top Five.

2011 Meet the Misses v.19 - Mis Latvija 2011

Latvia, the pearl of the Baltic States, is one of the European Union member states and is situated in the North of Europe – on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Since ancient times Latvia has been at the cross-roads between East and West, North and South. Latvia is a multi-cultural state, where the traditions of all these countries have merged. Latvia is a contemporary European country, and its capital city is Riga, a modern metropolis in which historical architecture, unique in Europe, alternates with modernity. Latvia is widely known because of its unspoilt nature where you can find 500 km of beaches including Jūrmala which is one of the longest beaches in Europe. 45% of Latvia’s territory is covered by natural forests, offering various recreational possibilities in nature. It is also known because of the diversity of historical, culture and architectural sites. World War I and II, as well as the army of the Soviet Union, have left notable military monuments such as Liepāja which used to be one of the main naval bases on the Baltic Sea during both the period of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Latvia is made unique by its two different worlds – the European metropolis Riga and the rest of Latvia – a rural environment with unspoilt nature, tranquil towns and a green environment. Latvia debuted in Miss World 1989 and this year the charming Alise Miškovska, Mis Latvija 2011, will represent her country at the 61st Miss World pageant.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Alise Miškovska, Mis Latvija 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Alise Miškovska, but friends named me Nicole – because they think that I look like the famous singer Nicole Szherzinger. I was born in Latvia in 1987. My zodiac sign is Virgo. I describe myself in three words: sensitive, strong-willed, thorough. I graduated from the Daugavpils University last year, now my profession is figure skating coach. Figure skating has become a part of my life therefore I decided to connect my future with development of children’s sport in Latvia as a coach of figure skating. Because of a spine trauma I couldn’t continue my career of figure skating. I promised to my parents that I will educate the star of figure skating for Latvia. I continued my studies at the Sport Academy and I am pursuing a Master's degree in Sport Science, because my job requires a responsibility and a lot of knowledge. I’m a creative person , I like to work with a children. We understand well each other, but it’s necessary to reach a highest results. My hobbies are snowboarding, car driving, fashion shows, and witnessing interesting public events.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
There are beautiful and wonderful countries on the shores of the Baltic Sea. One of them is Latvia. Latvia is not a big country, but the roots of its history go deep into the ancient times. Latvia has got many interesting traditions and habits. People of Latvia are proud of the natural resources of their country. For example, the world-famous Jūrmala Resort which is immersed into extensive forests and nature parks on the territory of 32 km along the shores of the Gulf of Riga.
There will never be shortage of drinking water in my country because there are 2000 lakes, 12600 brooks and rivers in Latvia.
Riga – the capital of Latvia - is one the most beautiful European cities. There is a huge number of unique historical and cultural monuments in Riga, for example, the oldest pharmacy, the biggest and the oldest market (Riga Central Market) in Europe. And they are still functioning!
And, of course, dear to my heart my hometown Daugavpils - (Dinaburg is the old name) – a beautiful tidy town where good and kind people of various nationalities and confessions live and work together. I am happy to be born and dwell here.
And let the title of the national hymn of Latvia – God, bless Latvia! - be with my dear beloved country!


3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
I have wanted to go to take part in this competition for 5 long years . That was my dream, my goal, my purpose. I participated on 3 castings and a lot of fails. My third attempt was successful. So my presence in this beauty contest means for me a lot of things: I overcame my previous failures, I will have the honor of representation my small country and cities on this World stage, I examine my strengths and show my individuality between the world’s most beautiful and talented women.


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose the song When I Grow Up by Pussy Cat Dolls, because it shows my wishes and purposefulness.


5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Every day is full of activities and events. I get up at 5:30am because at 6:30am I have the first practice on the ice with my skaters. After 9:00am I have time for myself. I visit the spa, gym, attend ballet classes, meet friends and deal organizational issues. After lunch, I have a lot of trainings and individual classes with children figure skaters until the evening. I have dinner with my family at the end of the day. Finally I go to sleep and have sweet dreams with my two lovely Yorkshire dogs Rihanna and Courtney.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I will do my best to become a successful ice skating coach. I will continue training children who are the future of our national ice skating. I will create a synchronous skating team for children who love ice skating but cannot show high results in individual skating due to weak physical condition or when their parents cannot afford adequate expenses. I will get married and give birth to my children; I will introduce and keep up new traditions in my lovely family. And I will definitely be doing some charity work!


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
My most admired person is my mum - Nataly, she always helps me in difficult times, she gives me advice and she is an example of a strong and beautiful woman for me.


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would like to choose United States of America , because it is a land of big opportunities.


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’m against of using of this kind of energy because it very dangerous for Earth.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Some people have prejudice against people with other skin color, other religion or sexual orientation. I consider that it is inadmissible. All people have the equal rights and possibilities.


11. What are your duties as Miss Latvia?
I must take part in different public events.


12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
It gives an opportunity to chat with people all over the world.


13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It means to think, to feel, to create, to love.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Become a legend in figure skating or as a beauty queen. And be an example of a strong purposefulness woman.


15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Create the good and help others. It makes the world better. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Remember: Success does not come to you.... you go to it!!!

and finally...
Personal Motto: It’s impossible win once to all life , necessary to win every day !
Personal Goal: Become a legend !
Favorite Food: Healthy and nutritious, seafood, meat, fresh juices .
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: Queen – “We are the champions”
Favorite Movie: Russian serial “Matchmakers”
Favorite Book: I don't have one. But I will write a book about my life events one day!
Favorite Singer/Band: Nicole Scherzinger
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Hobby: Snowboarding, car driving, fashions shows.
Favorite Sport: Figure skating of course, ice hockey, snowboarding.

SPECIAL THANKS
Inta Fogele, National Director of Miss World in Latvia 
Alise Miškovska, Mis Latvija 2011

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.18 - Miss Srbije 2011

Serbia has connected West with East for centuries. It is located in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, in southeastern Europe. The northern portion belongs to central Europe, but in terms of geography and climate it is also partly a Mediterranean country. Serbia is landlocked but as a Danube country it is connected to distant seas and oceans. Serbia is a crossroads of Europe and a geopolitically important territory. The international roads and railway lines, which run through the country, form the shortest link between Western Europe and the Middle East. From the agricultural regions of the Pannonian Plain in the north, across the fertile river valleys and orchard-covered hills of Šumadija, the landscape of Serbia continues southward, gradually giving way to mountains rich in canyons, gorges and caves, as well as well-preserved forests. The cultural and historical heritage of Serbia begins with prehistoric archaeological sites and its legacy from classical antiquity. There are the many medieval Serbian churches and monasteries, some of which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Serbia is a modern, democratic European country, on the path to membership of the European Union. Serbia debuted in Miss World 2006. This year, the nation will be represented by the spectacular Milica Tepavac, Miss Srbije 2011.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Milica Tepavac, Miss Srbije 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself
My name is Milica Tepavac. I am 23 years old. I come from Novi Sad, the capital city of Vojvodina, a region in Serbia. Novi Sad is one of the most beautiful cities in Serbia; it lies on river Danube, and has rich history which includes many different nations that live in peace and harmony for many centuries. I study Serbian literature and I show a lot of interest in history. By winning the beauty contest Miss Serbia for Miss World 2011 I got a scholarship from R&B College, thanks to Miss Yu Company.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown
One thing that characterizes Serbia is that it is a small country, but with a very long and rich history, starting from the 11th century. It is located in southeastern Europe, and is part of Balkan Peninsula. We are maybe a small country, but we have great representatives worldwide, in many different areas like sports, science and literature. We are especially proud of our scientist Nikola Tesla, whose work affected the global development of science and technology. We have many awarded writers, but one them that left mark on World literature is Ivo Andric, the winner of Nobel prize. I think that everybody heard about tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is currently number one ranked player on ATP list. I live in Novi Sad, a city located on the north of the Serbia. It has population of 400.000 people. Some say that Novi Sad is one the most beautiful cities in Serbia. It celebrates a famous festival, that takes place on beautiful fortress of Petrovaradin, which is located on the other side of Danube, and everybody who visits Novi Sad gets fascinated by that fortress.


3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a great honor to represent my country on this prestigious competition. Our nation is known as a land of very beautiful people, so I have great responsibility to represent my country as best as I can. I would like to inspire people to visit Serbia, so they can see that we are very hospitable nation. Also, on this contest I have an opportunity to meet and learn many things about other people cultures and customs.


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
It would defiantly be Je Veux by Zaz, because it describes that friendship is most valuable thing in the world and it cannot be replaced by material things.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
As I said I study Serbian literature, and I spend most of my time in the library with my colleagues. On my free time I take classical dance classes. I also like to spend my free time reading a good book with a cup of tea.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself as a professor of Serbian literature. I think that one of the most beautiful professions is working with young people who wants to learn something about art, in this case literature.


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
This is a very complex matter, because we have many successful people in our history, but the person I most admire is Ivo Andric, because he is a great writer. Ever since I was a young girl a have read everything that he wrote. He had a great personality and because of that he was recognized by the Nobel literature committee because of his novel "Na Drini ćuprija" (The bridge on the Drina).


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose France. I had an opportunity to spend one month in Paris, and during that period I was impressed with French culture and architecture. People from many different nations live in Paris, and that’s one of the things that links Paris with Novi Sad. French language is very sensual, especially if you read poetry.

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 think that every human being should develop a conscience about saving planet Earth and its environment, so I support every action that will reduce global warming, pollution and possible catastrophes.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I think that worst kind of human injustice is directed to women position in underdeveloped societies. In many cultures women aren’t treated equally, they don’t have a basic right of choice, or any kind of alternative. Of course, there are many injustices considering different social groups, like skin color, but I think that the root of problem lies in family relations. Family should represent base for equality. When we achieve that, we can expect global tolerance and equality between social groups.


11. What are your duties as Miss Serbia?
My duties are to set an example for young people in Serbia, by promoting values of modern, healthy and cultural life in a multi-ethnic society. My goal is to present how important is environment, education and tolerance between different social groups.


12. What role can social media (ex. Face book, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
As any other media, social networks, can help in communication between people. Social networks help me to promote my goals, my attitudes and my principles as the titleholder.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Humans are only species in the world that have common sense, therefore we have great responsibility in respecting rights and needs within our population, and nature in general. There are many species of flora and fauna that are endangered by our fault.


14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
I feel that my purpose is to educate young people, to expand their horizons so they can spend their lives consecrated. Vesna Jugovic as the Miss World beauty pageant License holder and Miss Yu company director helps protecting children with disabilities and saving the environment, and I, as a winner of beauty pageant Miss Serbia for Miss World 2011, have the honor to be a part of that team.


15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty
When you watch this prestigious competition, I want you to forget the physical beauty for a moment and pay attention to the inner beauty of each and every girl. In that moment you will realize the real aim and task of this competition.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Life is miracle.
Personal Goal: Personal and professional success
Personal Dream Destination: Hawaii
Favorite Food: Serbian national kitchen
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: ZAZ – Je veux
Favorite Movie: Inception
Favorite Book: Cosmetics enemy
Favorite Singer/Band: Edith Piaf
Favorite Actor/Actress: Al Pacino
Favorite Hobby: Dancing
Favorite Sport: Basketball


SPECIAL THANKS
Vesna Jugovic, National Director of Miss World in Serbia, Director of Miss Yu Company
Rajna Dancevic
, Miss Yu Company Assistant
Milica Tepavac
, Miss Srbije 2011

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Miss Monde Saint Barthélemy 2011

Miss Monde Saint Barthélemy 2011

Johanna Sansano (21, 1.74m, Gustavia) is the first ever Miss Monde Saint Barthélemy 2011. She will represent Saint Barthélemy in Miss World 2011 in London, England on November 6. St. Barts Queens is the new national preliminary of Miss World in the Caribbean island under the direction of Moana Sarann Luu.

Miss Macedonia 2011

 Miss Macedonia 2011
SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Vesna Jakimovska (20, Struga) was crowned Miss Macedonia 2011 at the Roger Piano Music Hall in Skopje. She will represent the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Miss World 2011 in London, England on November 6. Nikolina Kuzmanova and Stefani Stojceska finished second and third, respectively.

 Special thanks to Krish Lee!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.17 - Miss World Panamá 2011

Panama is the bridge of the Americas. It is situated on the isthmus that connects North and South America. It is bordered by Colombia, Costa Rica, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Panama became a republic in 1903 with the help of the United States allowing the Panama Canal to be built. Revenues from the Panama Canal represent a significant portion of the country's gross domestic product. Panama has the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere outside the Amazon Basin which is home to an abundance of tropical plants, animals and birds. Some of them to be found nowhere else in the world. The dominant feature of the country's landforms is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The divide does not form part of the great mountain chains of North America, and only near the Colombian border are there highlands related to the Andean system of South America. A nearly impenetrable jungle forms the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia. This and forest protection movements create a break in the Pan-American Highway, which otherwise forms a complete road from Alaska to Patagonia. Panama have a population of over 3.4 million with more than half the population living in the Panama City–Colón metropolitan corridor. Panama debuted in Miss World 1967 and finished in sixth place twice in 1983 and 2009. This year, Miss World Panamá 2011, Irene del Carmen Núñez Quintero will represent her country in Miss World 2011.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Irene del Carmen Núñez Quintero, Miss World Panamá 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Irene del Carmen Nuñez. I am 24 years old, Panamanian, finishing my Hotel Management major. I am a professional model and dancer willing to win Miss World 2011.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Panama is privileged for its geographical position which is why we have the world famous Panama Canal. We have an amazing biodiversity in contrast with our impressive skyline and beautiful people who are recognized everywhere for their warmness.



3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
For me it is a huge responsibility that I acquired by winning the national pageant and it means I have a new challenge in my life ,but also I feel honored to represent my Panama at the 61s Miss World finals.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Let’s talk about Love by Celine Dion because I am very passionate and the lyrics of the song are really meaningful to me. It represents me and everything I love.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
A day in my life is completely full of duties. I always start with a breakfast prepared by me. I do some exercise once or twice a day. I have different appointments so you can see me at the bank, the supermarket, the mall, simply everywhere. I like to be very active and now I am completely focusing my days in my preparation for Miss World.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I can see through a little hole that my life will be wonderful. I will have a huge family and own my business and great memories of the past. I see myself focusing on my career in tourism.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I can tell that a person I admire is the famous Salsa singer and composer Ruben Blades. He was Ministry of Tourism and he really positioned Panama as a tourist destination very smartly using his fame as a key.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I won’t choose any other but my Panama; I’ve travel a lot but my heart always find its way back home.

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 think we should look for new ways of getting energy and start to realize how we can help save our planet. I’ve heard hydrogen is one of the ways and I know we are not so far away from these technologies.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Discrimination is the worst kind of human injustice. I think we are all the same doesn’t matter our social status, color of our skin or race and we should all defend equality.

11. What are your duties as Miss Panamá World?
I have many duties and responsibilities but I can resume them by telling you that I have to give 100% not only in the outside (beauty) but also intellectually and emotionally. The balance and responsibility are the key of all my duties.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
I think it really helps with the exposure it gives but also for me it is important because it changes the point of view people in general have about beauty queens. We are humans who live, have problems, friends, family and an ordinary life, the only difference is the purpose God gave us in life.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
For me it means that God create us for a specific reason and with a specific purpose to accomplish.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose is to help others change their point of view of life and help them improve their faith as someone did once with me. I also teach others everything I know to leave a legacy for the next generations.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
On top of beauty I have 3 important pillars in my life. I call them the 3 F's: Family, Faith and Friends. I exhort you to think about yours in order to have a perfect balance in your life. Thank you for your time and blessings from Miss World Panama 2011.

and finally…

Personal Motto: Forget the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future.

Personal Goal: Win the crown, own my business and have a family

Personal Dream Destination: India

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Color: Aquamarine

Favorite Song: I don’t want to miss a thing by Aerosmith

Favorite Movie: Eat, Pray, Love

Favorite Book: La Belleza de Saber Vivir by Barbara Palacios

Favorite Singer/Band: Backstreet Boys

Favorite Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp

Favorite Hobby: Dancing and cooking

Favorite Sport: Boxing


SPECIAL THANKS

Marisela Moreno
, National Director of Miss World in Panama
Yulissa Moreno, Organización Miss Panamá Assistant
Irene del Carmen Núñez Quintero
, Miss World Panamá 2011
Alex Vargas, Official Photographer

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

News from Miss Suomi 2011

Sara Sieppi was crowned Miss Suomi 2011 after Pia Pakarinen resigned from her duties earlier this month because of lack of support from Finnartist Oy and the national director, Eino Makunen. 
Sieppi will represent Finland in Miss World 2011 becoming the very first official Miss Suomi to do so.

2011 Meet the Misses v.16 - Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011

Bolivia is one of the two landlocked countries in South America. The nation is named after Simón Bolivar, a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence. Many ecological zones are present in the Bolivian territory. The western highlands are located in the Andes Mountains and include the Bolivian Plateau. The eastern lowlands include portions of the Amazon rainforest and the Chaco Plain. Bolivia is widely known because of two of their natural wonders: Lake Titicaca and the Salar de Uyuni. Lake Titicaca sits over 3,800 meters above sea level between Bolivia and Peru and it is the largest lake in South America. The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat. When covered with water, the Salar becomes one of the largest mirrors on Earth. Bolivia's ethnic distribution is 30% Quechua-speaking and 25% Aymara-speaking with more than half of the population being Amerindians. In 2009, a new constitution changed the country's name from the Republic of Bolivia to the Plurinational State of Bolivia in recognition of the multi-ethnic nature of the country. Major cities include La Paz, the administrative capital, Sucre, the constitutional capital and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the city with the largest population. Bolivia debuted in Miss World 1960 and the last time it placed in the semifinals was in 2003. This year, Yohana Vaca Guzmán, Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011, will represent her country in London.


 The Times of Beauty proudly presents Yohana Vaca Guzmán, Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I consider myself a successful woman. I feel proud of representing my beautiful Bolivia internationally. I am a strong woman that overcomes her problems and adversities. I fight for what I want and for what I want to be. I know I can achieve my goals because I have faith and I believe in myself.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Bolivia is a country blessed by God. It has a lot of diversity in its geography, ethnicity, cultures, languages and traditions. I come from Santa Cruz in the Eastern Bolivia lowlands. It is characterized by its warmth and for its happy, hard working and hospitable people.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
For me it is an honor and a responsibility to bring to the world the image of my country and its people. I do it with a lot of enthusiasm.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I choose Imagine from John Lennon. I love this song because I share all the dreams expressed in the lyrics: a world without wars, without death, with every men and women as brothers and sisters sharing what the world offer to us.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
I wake up every day with a good attitude. I dedicate time to my violin classes. I work during the day with my humanitarian project at the San Jose Children’s Home. I like to write at the end of the day about the highlights of the day. I do an hour and a half of fitness and gym.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself as a fully realized person with my own company. I see my old objectives fulfilled and new ones coming up. I see my children’s charity project growing and I see myself with a very solid home filled with love.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
One of the people I’ve always admired is Dr. Melchor Pinto Parada because he was a symbolic man that during the last century marked inside the civil and political environment a great period of defense for the territorial integrity and natural resources of Bolivia. He always defended the rights and duties of the citizens by universal and constitutional principles. He revolutionized medicine with new and modern methods in surgery. He served his country as a medic in the Chaco War and was a civil leader that promoted the creation of subcommittees uniting the eastern communities of Bolivia. He proposed the financial autonomy that would provide us the product of the petroleum royalties which would be the only way to solve the infrastructure problems of the region. As a civil leader he was an example of bravery to defend his community against all kinds of threats even if by that he putted his interests and family at risk. He gave Santa Cruz and the east the Civil Committee which was successful in getting the approval of the Petroleum Royalties Law. 


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would like to live in India. I admire this country because of its cultural and spiritual richness. I think that in this country you can find ways to find yourself, know yourself and project yourself better with a positive influence to others while aiming to build a better world for everyone.

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 in favor of the planet and human beings and in favor of every type of energy that benefits them. Every type of energy is welcomed as long as it doesn’t harm the planet and every living creature.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
Every type of injustice is saddening. I believe the worst one is when poor people suffer of famine while others irresponsibly waste food and I feel that is unacceptable.


11. What are your duties as Miss Mundo Bolivia?
Work for a better Bolivia. Dignify the role of women. Help creating bridges rather than walls and work to make others smile and happier.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Social media is becoming more important around the world. They can help to connect everyone. If I were chosen as the new Miss World, I would use social media to connect with people from other countries, share positive initiatives, organize charity efforts and get to know each other better.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Be children of God with rights and obligations, liberties and limits, thoughts and feelings with the beautiful possibility of loving and respecting others in a peaceful way.


14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Living life to the fullest and with happiness always striving to leave a better world than the one I received when I was born.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Dreaming is free. Let’s dream with a better world and work together to achieve a better place to live. Take initiatives by yourself and don’t wait for others to start.

and finally...
Personal Motto: It's better to give than to receive
Personal Goal: Leave a better world than the one I received when I was born.
Favorite Food: Sushi, Bolivian cuisine, spicy food.
Favorite Color: Turquoise blue and yellow. I love to wear black.
Favorite Song: Imagine
Favorite Movie: Black Swan
Favorite Book: El Valor de los Valores
Favorite Singer/Band: Silvio Rodríguez
Favorite Actor/Actress: Natalie Portman
Favorite Hobby: I love to travel, ride my motorcycle in the Woods, and learn new violin songs.
Favorite Sport: Karate

SPECIAL THANKS

Tatiana Limpias
, Promociones Gloria Manager
Gloria de Limpias, National director of Miss World in Bolivia
Yohana Vaca Guzmán
, Miss Mundo Bolivia 2011

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Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.15 - Miss España Mundo 2011

The Kingdom of Spain is located in southwestern Europe in the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Biscay, Portugal, Gibraltar, Andorra and France. The Spanish territory includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the North African exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, the Plazas de Soberanía and the town of Llívia which is surrounded by France. Because of its location, Spain was subject to external influences since prehistoric times and through to its dawn as a country. In the early modern period, the voyages of Columbus initiated European exploration and colonization of the American continents, and are thus of great significance in world history. Christopher Columbus was a navigator and an admiral for Castile, a country that along with Aragon later founded modern Spain following the marriage of the Catholic Monarchs and the completion of the Reconquista of the Iberian peninsula in 1492. Spain has been an important source of influence to other regions, chiefly during the modern era, when it became a global empire after that has left a legacy of over 500 million Spanish speakers today, making it the world's second most spoken first language. Spain debuted in Miss World 1960 and reached the Top 3 once in 1961. This year, the exquisite Canarian Carla García Barber will represent Spain in Miss World aiming to become Spain's first winner.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Carla García Barber, Miss España Mundo 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
I consider myself a happy, extroverted, responsible, hard working and persevering person. I am very committed, sincere (sometimes too sincere), a little restless but very exacting.
At my 21 years of age, I am very happy with what I am doing: I study medicine to help people that unfortunately suffer an illness, regardless which it is, in the near future. I feel very satisfied that I will be able to help improving people’s lives and making them happier. Professionally, I have been able to enjoy great experiences such as participating in TV programs, photo sessions, radio interviews and magazine covers.
Joining a beauty pageant allowed me to differentiate things are worth fighting for and makes me happy, and those that not. This experience has benefited me greatly, personally and professionally. It helped me to be down-to-earth and realize that inner beauty is the most important quality of people. I have been able to get the chance of helping others thanks to my title and I have been able to meet people from different backgrounds and from all over the world. I have learned a lot from them, good and bad things.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
I am aware that when people hear about Spain they immediately think about sevillanas and toreros. I would like my country to be known for the many other characteristics that makes it unique. One of them is the gastronomy, which has an enormous variety of flavors that conquer everyone’s palates. The innovative modern cuisine from culinary masters such as Ferrán Adriá and Sergi Arola has made us famous worldwide. They have promoted the healthy Mediterranean diet around the world.
Throughout history many civilizations occupied our peninsula leaving a rich cultural legacy. We cannot forget that San Sebastián was named the 2016 European Capital of Culture.
It is important to recognize the varied natural landscapes without forgetting mentioning the warmth and friendliness of Spaniards that captivate at first sight.
About my birthplace, I live in an island located in the Atlantic Ocean closer to Africa than the rest of Spain. However, I carry the colors of my flag with immense pride. Gran Canaria is part of a seven island archipelago, the Canary Islands. Since my childhood I’ve always wake up with the sound of the ocean. It is a feeling that I miss ever since I moved to Madrid. Being able to walk barefoot in the sand, read my favorite book at sunset, or feeling the breeze from the ocean while I drink lemonade anywhere along the coastline are moments that I never forget.


3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
This is a dream that looked unreachable. It is something that requires a lot of responsibility but makes me very proud. Up until today, 50 Spaniards have had the chance of representing Spain at the oldest and most important beauty pageant in the world. Being the 51st is an indescribable feeling. I only hope that after five decades, we can bring the Miss World crown home. I will do my best and will give the very best from myself to achieve this. The Miss World title represents the path that would allow me to bring a bit of peace and happiness everywhere in the world.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Without a doubt I would choose I Believe by Yolanda Adams. This song talks about achieving your dreams through hard work, surmounting obstacles and that nothing is impossible even if might feel like it. You establish your limits regardless of what other people say. To believe is to see, and as the lyrics say: “That is what I do, believe”


5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
A typical day in my life consists in getting up early and going to the hospital. With my lab coat and my stethoscope, I start my practice. Every week, I have to work at a different unit (paediatrics, cardiology, neurosurgery, etc) and in each one of them I realize how happy my future profession makes me.
At mid-morning I go to college, after taking some courses I go to get some lunch with my partners. In the afternoon either I go to class or go to the library. Then I go home waiting the smell of a good dinner made by my mom to then talk with my little sister to find out how was her day. I never forget to talk with my dad about any interesting case he took care as a deontologist.
After dinner, I take a shower and then depending on the day I watch TV or use my computer. After a long day, I go to bed to have a good sleep.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 2021, I see myself with a white lab robe running around the hallways of a hospital because my name was called through a loudspeaker. Besides practicing medicine, I would like to reach each one of my patients. I would like to think about the past and realize that I’ve enjoyed life to the fullest, with great memories of journeys where I helped people in other countries including a year in the African continent volunteering in projects related with the fight against AIDS and Malaria.
I see myself with someone that I found along the way whom I share every single one of the most important moments in my life. I would like to be with someone that enjoys my company and helps me to start a family.
In definite, I would like to look back and feel fulfilled because I worked hard to reach my dreams and look to the future with the same desire to better oneself.


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire Vicente Ferrer. This Jesuit always had the desire of helping others. His work as a missionary leads him to India where he dedicated his life to eradicate the suffering of the poorest and neediest people. I believe that someone that is capable of dedicating his or her life to improve lives of other human beings deserves the highest admiration.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
When I was 14, I had the chance of travelling to a small coastal town outside Spain to learn English. During that period, I visited the capital of this country and I was fascinated. I was captivated by the organization, responsibility, order, education, the cleanliness of the streets and most of all the well kept and enormous parks. After this experience, I went back to visit it in many occasions (almost a dozen times). You still captivate me even more at each visit, London.


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?
This is a very interesting topic. I learned a lot of it thanks to an ex-boyfriend who is licensed in Industrial Engineering with whom I still have a great friendship. I am in favor of using nuclear power because with it we can obtain a higher performance as compared to other kinds of energy. We need large quantities of energy to supply great metropolitan areas, without nuclear energy it would be practically impossible. Combustion of coal and oil is obsolete; the last one is a resource rich in carbon and hydrogen from where we can obtain by-products for the textile industry and even for the food industry but unfortunately we just burn it. Through uranium fission we can obtain the high efficiency of nuclear power. Fission is an exothermic reaction that heats water. Boiling water generates vapor and the vapor moves a series of turbines that generate energy. This vapor is released through the nuclear plant chimneys. Vapor is H2O, and H2O does not contaminate the atmosphere. The fission residuals are not released to the atmosphere; they are kept and controlled inside the plant. With coal and oil energy, the combustion contaminants are released to the atmosphere.
I am aware that as a result of the latest happenings, nuclear power has experienced some rejection. The Chernobyl disaster was caused by human error, something that nowadays would be impossible because safety measures are stricter. In the Japan case, this happened after a result of several earthquakes, with one of them reaching a 9.0 in the Richter scale. This was a disaster without a precedent. Engineers cannot do much when there are no precedents to reference during the design process.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I will try to answer with one phrase: “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer”
This affirmation is applicable on every part of the planet. I find it saddening that in the 21st century we are witnessing a famine crisis affecting the Horn of Africa where thousands lack proper alimentation leading to an inhumane life or even death. This injustice is even more severe because children are suffering the most during this crisis while the rest of the world does not care enough.

11. What are your duties as Miss España Mundo 2011?
I have always intent to communicate others the importance of helping others, I have always believed in the beauty with a purpose motto. Being a public figure helps you to reach others easily since human beings are influenced, without even realizing it, by mass media. The impact from the information these outlets transmit is very relevant to society. Through a newspaper, a magazine or a TV channel I can inform others about my work as Miss Spain World which consists in collaborating in the care of incapacitated children, elderly or ills, recollect food for people without sufficient resources and encourage youth about the importance of values.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Social media is a tool that allows the world to know you and your ideas. They allow you to share a message to every corner of the world with just a click. This is definitely a groundbreaking progress in social interaction.


13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Just as the word implies, I believe the most important thing is being humane. Being capable of knowing what is right and wrong, helping others selflessly, respect others and love life above everything else. This is what makes us unique among all living things.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Every morning I wake up with a specific motivation, change things for the better. Every human being wants peace, wants to end all wars and wants famine to disappear. I think that to achieve this, we should try to improve the situations around each of us. In my situation, I would like to be capable of helping the ill, not only as a physician that is capable of curing but as a person that wants to ease the pain and console those that need it. Going to bed with the satisfaction that I have made someone happier is the best feeling of all.


15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Hello everyone!
I would like to thank your unconditional support and tell you that I hope to not let you down. I will continue working hard to arrive to the pageant with the best preparation. Over there I will try to improve and work each day so the judges and the rest of the world can see that I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. Winning the pageant would be for me not only a huge honor but a real privilege to win the world’s oldest beauty pageant. I would like to be remembered not only for being the first Spaniard to win the title of Miss World, but for all that I would be capable of giving to others and how willing I am to try to make things better.
I think of all of you with a big smile. I send you all hugs and kisses and I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did,
Carla.

and finally...
Personal Motto: “La belleza que atrae, rara vez coincide con la belleza que enamora" by José Ortega y Gasset (“The beauty that first attracts is rarely the same beauty that wins the heart”)
Personal Goal: Be happy, and make others happy.
Personal Dream Destination: Thailand
Favorite Food: Foie and Iberian Ham
Favorite Color: Pearl
Favorite Song: Only Hope by Mandy Moore
Favorite Movie: Seven Pounds
Favorite Book: Onze Minutos by Pablo Coelho
Favorite Singer/Band: Nickelback
Favorite Actor/Actress: Julia Roberts
Favorite Hobby: Watching the sunset at the beach.
Favorite Sport: Paddling

SPECIAL THANKS

Ana Castro
, Official Press Chief - Certamen Miss y Mister España
José Carlos Toré
, Official Press Chief - Delegación Miss y Mister Las Palmas/Tenerife
Carla García Barber, Miss España Mundo 2011

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