Sunday, July 8, 2012

COSTA RICA | 2012 Meet the Misses e.16 - Miss World Costa Rica 2012

 Costa Rica is renowned as a place of great biodiversity with nearly 50% of its national territory covered with forests and jungles. 25% of the country's land area is protected national parks and protected areas. The country has successfully diminished deforestation to almost zero. It is the country with the highest biodiversity of the planet. Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies of the planet and received worldwide recognition after abolishing its army in 1949. The country is very mountainous with elevations varying from 900 to 1800 meters above sea level. Most of the population lives at Valle Central or Central Valley which is surrounded by mountain chains. Costa Rica throughout history have proven to be a nation that deeply cares and protects their national resources. This country of natural wonders debuted at the world's greatest beauty contest back in 1965 and three representatives made the semifinals. The last semifinalist was in 1986. This year, Costa Rica will be represented by Silvana Sánchez Jiménez who won the Miss World Costa Rica 2012 title.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Silvana Sánchez Jiménez, Miss World Costa Rica 2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1.    Give us an introduction of yourself, your country and your hometown.
Costa Rica is a mosaic of natural beauty, featuring vibrant rain forests, picturesque beaches, and a vast array of plant and animal life.  Our culture is based firmly on the ideas of peace, equality, and respect.

Palmares, where I was raised, is mostly an agricultural town where the main crop is coffee. We have a very neighborly, close-knit community.

My dad has been a coffee farmer since he was 14 years old. He taught me the importance of respecting nature and that any dream is achievable through hard work and ambition.  My mom is a special education teacher.  She has shown me the importance of loving and helping each other through her wonderful example.  I also have an older brother who is studying law and a pet Chihuahua named Chispi.

2.    What are your plans for the future?
I want to be a renowned graphic artist that is respected by her peers and influential in her community. I also want to use my passion as an artist to bring awareness to issues that are important to me- early childhood education and nature preservation.  I plan to achieve this by leveraging the internet to create a strong personal brand while reaching as many eyes as possible.

3.    What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of being from Costa Rica.  While many in the world may see our country as small and insignificant, I believe that we as a people are unique in our drive towards a better future through universal education, healthcare, peace, and protection of our environment.  These ideals have pushed me to be the person I am today, and I’m extremely proud of that fact.

4.    Which activities make you lose track of time?
My passion is for creating art in all forms, but especially painting.  Whenever I get the opportunity to put my brush to a canvas I can get lost in the creative process for hours on end. 

5.    If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
A lot of my friends tell me that I work too hard, that I need to take a break or relax more.  But I tell them I can’t slow down, I love what I do!  I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to pursue my dreams in many facets of my life and I don’t want one second of those opportunities to be put to waste.

6.    What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
I have found that I definitely appreciate things differently than most people.  Coming from a humble background, I learned early in my life that every door that opened for me was a blessing that I had to relish.  Even the little things in life like tasting a new food, meeting a new person, or learning a new idea can end up being the most profound experiences in one’s life.  Every moment has the potential to change your life, so every moment must be cherished.

7.    Have you done anything memorable lately?

One of the most memorable days lately was when I had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with our former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Oscar Arias. During our 90 minute conversation I was enthralled with his stories about stopping a war in Central America in the late 80’s and was forever changed by his argument for the state’s responsibility to educate our youth. Promoting early childhood education is now one of my most important passions and I will never forget that day.

8.    Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Never trying is far worse than failing.  Every time someone tries for a dream and fails, they are one step closer to achieving success.  Every time someone has a dream and doesn’t try to achieve it at all, the dream dies immediately.

9.    If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
There is one common rule for a civilized society that you will find in all major religions throughout history that is still true today and will continue to be true forever- treat others as you would like to be treated.  If all of humanity was able to learn this lesson and live their lives by it, the world would be a far better place.

10.    How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
Beauty is much more than a first physical impression.  Beauty is something that transcends the physical and reaches into the soul of a person.  And most important to this inner beauty is how a person treats those around them and the world as a whole.  There is nothing more beautiful in the world than one who puts the benefit of others above the benefit of themselves.

In that same vein, the most important preparation I can do for Miss World is to dedicate myself to work for the good of my community in every way I can.  I believe this type of commitment radiates from the heart and reaches into the hearts of others.  And when someone exudes that type of beauty, I believe it trumps any preparation that can be done to improve one’s physical appearance.

11.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I believe that the most important message for all of the readers of The Times of Beauty, and especially the young girls reading this, is “while many may look to us as representatives of beauty today, each and every person is uniquely gorgeous in their own way. Treat all of those around you with respect and love, and you have already won the most important prize of all.”

and finally...
Personal Motto: Let love and faith guide your actions and you will never be led astray.
Favorite Food: All kinds of seafood.
Favorite Color: Fuschia.
Favorite Song: “Black or White” – Michael Jackson
Favorite Movie: Gran Torino
Favorite Book: “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama
Favorite Singer/Band: Ricardo Arjona.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Salma Hayek

Allan Alemán, National Director of Miss World in Costa Rica
Silvana Sánchez Jiménez
, Miss World Costa Rica 2012
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