Friday, July 6, 2012

BARBADOS | 2012 Meet the Misses e.11 - Miss Barbados World 2012

Barbados is an island in the Lesser Antilles. It has an area of 431 square kilometers and is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, 100 kilometers east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Barbados has an estimated population of 284,589 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country's capital. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is one of the most developed islands in the region. Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles. It is flat in comparison to its island neighbors to the west, the Windward Islands. The island rises gently to the central highland region, with the highpoint of the nation being Mount Hillaby, in the Scotland District, 340 meters above sea level. In the parish of Saint Michael lies Barbados' capital and main city, Bridgetown. Historically, the economy of Barbados had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s it has diversified into the manufacturing and tourism sectors. The southern and western coasts of Barbados are popular, with the calm light blue Caribbean Sea and their white and pinkish sandy beaches. Along the island's east coast, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, there are tumbling waves which are perfect for light surfing. Barbados is one of the premier tourist destinations in the Caribbean. The island debuted in Miss World 1974 and reached the semifinals in 1974 and in 2008. This year Marielle Wilkie, Miss Barbados World 2012, will represent the island paradise in Ordos.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Marielle Wilkie, Miss Barbados World 2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1.    Give us an introduction of yourself, your country and your hometown.
I’m Marielle Wilkie and I’m from beautiful Barbados – a tiny island in the eastern Caribbean with a surprisingly big personality!  A mere 166 square miles, they say it’s 21 miles long and a smile wide! That’s probably because Barbadians - or Bajans, as we call ourselves - are renowned to be among the friendliest people on the planet!


2.    What are your plans for the future?
I adore children and seem to have this special magnetism with them - I can see myself being very happy working with children. Right now, I'm really involved in my charity work for disadvantaged and severely brain injured children here in Barbados. So, over the next year or so, I plan to further develop my charity – The Tomorrow Project – and continue to raise funds and awareness of the plight of these children and their families and hopefully help to "create a better tomorrow" for them. I also love cooking and experimenting with different recipes, I'm always in the kitchen cooking,  so I think I'd like to explore the Culinary Arts some more and perhaps have my own restaurant one day.

3.    What are you most proud of?
I'd have to say that I'm very proud of winning the Beauty With A Purpose title in the Miss Barbados World pageant. I worked really hard on my charity project - The Tomorrow Project - so it was a real sense of achievement to have won such a prestigious title.


4.    Which activities make you lose track of time?
Definitely surfing! Anyone who surfs will agree with me on this one. That feeling of being at one with nature.... it's like tonic for the soul.

5.    If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
Adventurous, outgoing, bubbly, fun loving and full of energy. I think my friends would all say that I’m a bit of a clown.... I love to make people laugh – it’s the best medicine!

6.    What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
My dad always tells us, "Be a shepherd, not a sheep," so I always try to be my own person and do most things differently.

 
7.    Have you done anything memorable lately?

Yes I have. My last fundraising event - Jammin' for Tomorrow - was a huge success with over ten of the island's top bands and performers taking part and giving freely of their time and talent. I was very touched by the support everyone showed and I hope to make it an annual fund raising event. For me, seeing all those happy faces around and knowing that it was for such a worthy cause is something I will always remember.

8.    Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
They say, “Nothing beats a trial, but a failure” - so it’s important to put as much effort as possible into the things that you do, and if you stumble or fall along the way, you get up, dust yourself off and try again. I believe that in life, it’s the “stumbling and falling” that builds our character and makes us stronger in the long run. Challenges teach us important life skills so we should always welcome them.

 
9.    If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?

Respect – I think that having respect – for yourself and respect for others - is a crucial moral value. I think if everyone had more respect for the individual beliefs of others, our world would be a much better place.
10.    How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
Beauty is something that grows from within and I think everyone is beautiful in their own special way! To see true beauty you have to look beyond hair colour or eye colour or the clothes people wear.
To prepare myself for Miss World and achieve my vision of beauty I'll try to stay focused and keep healthy, what goes into your body shows on the outside so I'm watching my diet and going to the gym, and trying to get in some surfing as well so that my mind stays healthy too.


11.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Above all else, remember to stay true to yourself and love you for who you are! Embrace the challenges in life and more importantly, give thanks everyday!

and finally...
Personal Motto: "Be the change you wish to see in the world!"
Favorite Food:  Coconut Shrimp
Favorite Color:  Brown/Turquoise
Favorite Song:  "Imagine" by John Lennon
Favorite Movie:  "Titanic"
Favorite Book:   "Three Singles to Adventure" by Gerald Durrell
Favorite Singer/Band: Bob Marley (he's a legend)
Favorite Actor/Actress: Angelina Jolie

Visit the official Facebook and official Twitter of Miss Barbados World. You can also visit www.missbarbadosworldonline.com.

SPECIAL THANKS
Leah Marville, National Director of Miss World in Barbados
Tashida Cox
, Press/Media Miss Barbados World
Marielle Wilkie
, Miss Barbados World 2012

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