Saturday, July 21, 2012

GIBRALTAR | 2012 Meet the Misses e.49 - Miss Gibraltar 2012

The Rock of Gibraltar, whether it is from the air, from the sea or from either the Costa del Sol or the western end of the Bay, has an impressive stature, towering isolated above the surrounding countryside, that causes the greatest impact. It has had this effect on people for many thousands of years. Gibraltar is a beacon which signals the position of the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow neck which separates Europe from Africa and provides the only link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.8 square kilometers and a northern border with Andalusia, Spain. One of the main features of Gibraltar’s population is the diversity of their ethnic origins. Gibraltar is one of the most densely populated territories in the world, with a population estimated  to be nearing 30,000, equivalent to approximately 4,290 per square kilometer. The demographics of Gibraltar reflects Gibraltarians' racial and cultural fusion of the many European and other economic migrants who came to the Rock over three hundred years, after almost all of the Spanish population left in 1704. Gibraltar debuted in Miss World 1959 and produced a winner in 2009. Jessica Louise Baldachino, Miss Gibraltar 2012, will represent Gibraltar in Miss World 2012.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Jessica Louise Baldachino, Miss Gibraltar 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 am 24 years old and I work as a school teacher. I teach Spanish and French, learning languages has always been a great passion of mine and really enjoy being able to transmit that enthusiasm to my pupils. In my free time I love spending time with family and friends, they are extremely supportive and loving and I’m very fortunate to have them in my life. I also enjoy dancing, modeling and presenting different types of shows and programs. I live in Gibraltar which is a British colony in the south of Spain. It is a tight knit, caring community which is very safe to live in. We are blessed to have a diverse range of cultures and religions living in harmony. 

2.   What are your plans for the future?
Right now I am focusing on the Miss World pageant, so there is a lot of preparation involved. I am lucky to have a stable career in education so early on in my life, it is reassuring to know I will always have that. I look forward to presenting more shows and possibly traveling abroad to represent my country at different events. 

3.    What are you most proud of?
I am proud of my achievements, both educational and personal. I never really thought I would be able to achieve so much in such a short space of time. In the space of three years I have graduated from my degree, a postgraduate degree, come 1st-Runner up in Miss Gibraltar 2011 and then achieved the title of Miss Gibraltar 2012. It takes focus, determination and a little bit of sacrifice but the rewards are amazing. 

4.    Which activities make you lose track of time?
Listening to music makes me lose track of time, I just connect my iPod and the hours fly by. Also going on hikes up the Rock of Gibraltar can take hours but it’s so beautiful you don’t realize how long you take.

5.    If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
They would (hopefully!) say that I am a determined and honest woman, who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and is always willing to listen to those who need a friend.

6.    What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
I think we all have our unique habits and ways of doing things, I can’t think of anything in particular but I’m sure one of my friends would!

7.    Have you done anything memorable lately? 
I am so lucky to have taken part in so many memorable events lately that its hard to pick just one. I think if I had to pick one, I would choose the day I met Prince Edward and Princess Sophie of England earlier this month it was great to chat with Royalty and then parade with them down town.

8.    Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Never trying is definitely worse. Failure doesn’t really exist, it’s all just experience for the next challenge. If you never try, you will never know what you are capable of.

9.    If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
I would teach people nowadays how to be grateful for what they have in their lives, I think that we tend to focus on negative things too often and we overlook everything we are blessed with. 

10.    How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
Beauty has no real definition. I think it is a feeling that comes from within when you are truly happy with yourself and with your life. In preparation for Miss World I will cherish every moment and fully enjoy the experience so that my happiness will shine through.

11.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you to every one who has helped and supported me on the road to Miss Gibraltar, I would not have been able to do it without you. Now I am off for my next stage, to compete in Miss World 2012 and I cannot wait to share my experience with all of you. 

and finally...
Personal Motto: Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
Favorite Food: Asian curries and Italian food. I love anything spicy. 
Favorite Color: Gold and Silver
Favorite Song: One Moment in Time Whitney Houston
Favorite Movie: I like lots of movies, Pretty Woman has to be one of my favourites.
Favorite Book: “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” by Garcia Lorca and the Harry Potter series.
Favorite Singer/Band: George Michael 
Favorite Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep

Nadia Lahouiri, Ministry of Culture of Gibraltar
Jessica Louise Baldachino, Miss Gibraltar 2012

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