Friday, July 6, 2012

BAHAMAS | 2012 Meet the Misses e.12 - Miss World Bahamas 2012

 Bahamas is a nation consisting of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola, northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of the United States. Its land area is 13,939 square kilometers, with an estimated population of 330,000. Its capital is Nassau in the island of New Providence. Originally inhabited by the Lucayans, Bahamas were the site of Columbus' first landfall in the Americas in 1492. The nation became independent on 1973. The closest island to the United States is Bimini. The island of Abaco is to the east of Grand Bahama. The southeasternmost island is Inagua. The largest island is Andros Island. Other inhabited islands include Eleuthera, Cat Island, Long Island, San Salvador Island, Acklins, Crooked Island, Exuma and Mayaguana. All the islands are low and flat, with ridges that usually rise no more than 15 to 20m. The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia with an altitude of 63 meters on Cat Island. One of the most prosperous countries in the Caribbean region, Bahamas relies on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. Bahamas debuted in Miss World 1966 and reached the semifinals in 1992 and 2010. Daronique Rashan Young, Miss World Bahamas 2012, will represent the archipelago in Miss World 2012.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Daronique Rashan Young, Miss World Bahamas 2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1.   Give us an introduction of yourself, your country and your hometown.
Hello World! My name is Daronique Rashan Young. I am 22 years old and currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in tourism management at the College of The Bahamas. I’m from the beautiful island of New Providence which is the capital of the 700 islands and cays of The Bahamas.

2.    What are your plans for the future?
Upon graduating from the College of The Bahamas, I intend to obtain a Masters degree in International Business from Nanjing University in China.

3.    What are you most proud of?
In 2007, I participate in my first international track meet, representing The Bahamas in Atlanta, Georgia. It was called The DeKalb Track Classic. I ran the 400 meters and placed first in my race. I was so nervous and scared but after running, knowing that I ran for my country and did so well encouraged a greater feeling of pride in me.

4.    Which activities make you lose track of time?
Scuba diving, baking cheesecakes, preparing crab & dough (a native Bahamian dish) and definitely my job causes me to lose track of time. I’m an animal groomer and I absolutely love it.

5.    If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
He/ she would probably say that I’m a ball of energy. I teach toddlers at my church on Sundays, and sometimes I wonder if I feed off of their energy. I’m just always really hyper and happy.

6.    What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?

I have peacocks as pets. I know someone else in Nassau that has them as well, but I think what I feed them is probably a bit different from others that actually have them. They prefer eating dog food and baked macaroni and cheese over bird food.

7.    Have you done anything memorable lately?

Well, everyday you live hold experiences that are added to your collection of memoirs. Each new day brings about new memories. I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary lately but each day I’ve lived thus far has been a memorable one.

8.    Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Never trying is definitely worse than failing. In life, I try to do all I can while I can. I know I won’t succeed at everything but, knowing that I’ve tried is much more comforting than defeating myself before I’ve actually been defeated.

9.    If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
If I could teach humanity anything, it would be, not to live in fear of what others think. You would be doing yourself an injustice in existing for the sake of others and not living for you.

10.    How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?

I believe beauty is determined by one’s character. A person is most beautiful when they are genuinely honest, humble, kind, engaging and does not discriminate against anyone. In preparing for Miss World, I’ve decided to encourage others to participate in community service efforts with me. Particularly with children, they do not choose the environments they are born into, and gaining an extra pair of hands strengthens the fight against any cause.

11.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of the Times of Beauty.
I’d like to send the biggest and most sincere thank you to the readers of the Times of Beauty and my supporters. Knowing that I have this support will keep me encouraged as I journey to China to compete in the Miss World Pageant. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Do what you can, while you can.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Song: If Only You Knew – Patti LaBelle
Favorite Movie: The Lion King (The best movie ever created)
Favorite Book:  Mandela’s Way: 15 Lessons on Life, Love & Courage
Favorite Singer/Band: Beyonce
Favorite Actor/Actress: Angelina Jolie-Pitt

Michelle Malcolm, National Director of Miss World in Bahamas
Daronique Rashan Young
, Miss World Bahamas 2012

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