Sunday, July 15, 2012

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | 2012 Meet the Misses e.27 - Miss Mundo Dominicana 2012

 Dominican Republic shares a border with Haiti on the second largest island in the Caribbean, Hispaniola. Occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island, the Dominican Republic is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. The population of the Dominican Republic was estimated at 9,760,000. The nation has a diverse topography. Mountains, valleys and beaches make up the diverse photogenic land. Three large mountain ranges run through the island, including the nearly two-mile high peak of Antilles, Pico Duarte. The Dominican Republic also has the lowest point in the Caribbean, Lake Enriquillo. It is one of many lakes, lagoons and rivers that accompany the Dominican Republic's 1600 kilometers of beautiful Caribbean beaches. The nation is home to the oldest European-established city in the Americas, Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo can boast of many firsts in the Americas, including the first university, cathedral, and castle, the latter two in the Ciudad Colonial area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For years, the entire island went through several changes of power. Toward the end of the 17th century, the French colonized the western part of the island. In 1795, Spain relinquished power of the eastern part of the island to France, leaving the entire island under French power. The colony temporarily returned to Spain until December 1821. In 1822 the Haitians took over the eastern part of the island for 22 years. In 1844, Juan Pablo Duarte began the fight for independence and the Dominican Republic was born and has been independent since1865. Dominican Republic debuted in Miss World 1966 and produced a winner in 1982 with Mariasela Alvarez. This year Sally Aponte Tejada, Miss Mundo Dominicana 2012, will represent her nation in Miss World 2012.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Sally Aponte Tejada, Miss Mundo Dominicana 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 consider myself a very determined person with defined goals. I fight for what I believe always knowing that God is by my side. I will be able to set a goal but who has the last word is him, God. I think that it is important to learn how to fail always having in mind that everything in life happens for our own good. It is important to accept that whatever happens, God will always guide us to find the purpose of our lives.
My country is a contrast of flavors, colors and aromas. We are a happy and extroverted country always showing our kind, subtle and even humoristic side. We are always willing to share our exquisite Sancocho or the ever popular Mangú with the neighbor during a rainy day of July or simply sitting at the porch of our homes sharing stories among friends where the domino and bingo is never missing. The rice, beans and meat has become our flag, and the turquoise beaches, white sand and shiny sun our shield… what else can I ask than coming from my beautiful island!

2.    What are your plans for the future?
Achieving each one of my goals, fulfilling the purpose for which I was created, learn to depend more in God, see my children run and grow up healthy in a family full of grace given by our Celestial Father to give them a future of peace, love and harmony. Teaching my children that everything good comes from God. I see myself growing old with a life partner and remembering every single one of my steps throughout life with happiness knowing that everything was worth it. I will give grateful to God eternally until the end of my days for guiding me, taking care of me and loving me every single day.

3.    What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my family. Always constant, always present, always willing to support me and love me. It is the best gift God gave me after the gift of living.

4.    Which activities make you lose track of time?
Definitely reading the Bible, praying, cooking and exercising makes me lose the sense of time.

5.    If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
I think that the first thing they would say is that I have a good sense of humor, I’m always willing to smile or make someone smile. I always give a word of advice, counsel or pray when people need it. I think they would also say that I am really into working out at the gym and quite obsessive with nutrition. I think people would give a good opinion about me.

6.    What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
Eating the cream of an Oreo first! I don’t know why but I think it is the best part of an Oreo then I enjoy the chocolate cookie.

7.    Have you done anything memorable lately?
Recently I had two memorable impacts in my life. The first in a spiritual level which was receiving God in my life, the second was becoming the national champion of bodybuilding in the bikini category.

8.    Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Without a doubt never trying is worse. I always say that whoever fails gets up and has better arms to fight his or her battle. Failure leaves us experiences and scars and those scars make us better warriors. Those who never try don’t get knowledge and experience. Those who fail know how to get up.

9.    If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
I would teach that God is the only giver of everything good and perfect. He is the one who defends us, without him we are empty. He is the one that save us, protect us and give us life every morning. He love us even if we are not faithful to him. Besides the stubbornness of humans, he is always willing to forgive us.

10.    How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
I think beauty is subjective; it depends on the eyes of the beholder. For me, beauty is a compliment of our soul, where the soul is more important than our physical appearance. There is no good in a shiny beautiful apple that is rotten in the inside.

11.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thanks for making me part of this series, The Times of Beauty. I am happy and grateful to God and life for having so many people with beautiful hearts willing to give their support and love. From the Dominican Republic, I am a strong warrior with a big heart and a spirit full of happiness to share. Thanks for letting me give a little from me and my beaituful island. A big kiss and God bless you all!
“No es la corona que hace a una reina, es quien la lleva y su corazón.”

and finally...
Personal Motto: Todo obra para bien. (:
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Song: Supe que me Amabas – Marcela Gandara
Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite Book: Bible
Favorite Singer/Band: Jesus Adrian Romero
Favorite Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp

Diany Mota, National Director of Miss World in the Dominican Republic
Sally Aponte Tejada, Miss Mundo Dominicana 2012

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