Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NETHERLANDS | 2012 Meet the Misses e.37 - Miss World Netherlands 2012

The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands located mainly in Northwest Europe with a portion in the Caribbean Sea. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The country capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague. The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 25% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level, and 50% of its land lying less than one meter above sea level. Significant land area has been gained through land reclamation and preserved through an elaborate system of polders and dikes. Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three important European rivers. Most of the country is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far southeast and several low-hill ranges in the central parts. The Netherlands is well known for its splendid beaches. The Dutch coastline offers unlimited opportunities for water sport fanatics, nature lovers and beach fans. The beaches of the Netherlands can be divided in three groups: the Wadden Islands, the coastline of the provinces North-Holland and South-Holland, and Zeeland. Amsterdam, whose name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel, was settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century. Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age. The 17th-century worldwide renowned canals of Amsterdam, located in the heart of Amsterdam, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The country is widely known as the beacon of tolerance and has been in the lead for years on the advancement and protection of Human Rights. The Netherlands debuted in Miss World 1952 and produced two winners: Corine Rottschaefer (1959) and Catharina Johanna Lodders (1962). This year, Nathalie Den Dekker will represent Netherlands at Miss World 2012.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Nathalie Den Dekker, Miss World Netherlands 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 Nathalie den Dekker, 22 years old and I grew up in a small country village in the south of Netherlands called ‘Made’, based on the English word ‘meadow’. Napoleon was the one to unite ‘Made’ and ‘Drimmelen’ into one community (now about 11.000 residents). I am blessed with 2 loving parents, an elder sister, a younger sister and a brother who is 10 years younger than me. My grandma comes in 2 days a week to take care of us. We are a close family.
The Netherlands is a small country, also known as Holland, located in Europe with more bicycles (more than 19 million) than inhabitants (about 16.5 million). The Netherlands is mostly located below sea level, protected by our famous dykes (Schiphol Airport is already situated 4,5 meters below sea level). People are friendly and generally speak English. We have a multicultural population. Since the country is very crowded environment is getting more and more important. Besides talking about building a windmill park in the sea, we recycle our plastic and the big cities have special parking places for electric cars (with charge points). Export is very important: after China, USA, Germany and Japan we are world’s biggest exporter. Internationally we are known for cheese, tulips, wooden shoes and windmills.


2. What are your plans for the future?
My ambition is to work as a family lawyer and to gain enough work experience to work at the infant welfare centre. It would be a dream to combine my profession with a promotion at the University of Utrecht, achievable by high quality field research, making me one of the few female professors at Dutch Universities. I would like to write educational books as well. There are a lot of beautiful women but too little on top positions!

3. What are you most proud of?
I am proud that I had the honor to help taking care of Mrs. Joke Sosef for 5 rewarding years, who couldn’t walk anymore since her 18th because of a rare illness. She ended up in bed for 55 years until she passed away last year. She was such a strong and positive person, I learned a lot from her. I was devastated by the sad news. Joke was like my grandma and best friend at the same time and I still miss her.
Of course I was also very proud to be chosen as the Miss World Netherlands. It’s a big responsibility to be an ambassador for your country, representing your nation worldwide! Born as a small village girl with farmers roots (my father is a mushroom farmer) I could only dream to be in this honorable position.


4. Which activities make you lose track of time?
All my preparations for the Miss World competition. Right now I’m in a full time preparatory by the Miss Netherlands organization and an international team. Kim Kötter helps me a lot and gives me a good advice. I am busy with interviews, a lot of charity activities (I am organizing my own charity event, which is a run for charity) and I am still looking to find the dress..! Farouk takes care of my hair, Hannah takes care of my skin and I have started my personal training with Niels de Wildt, went for media training, performance coaching, shoots and catwalk training! Although I am very busy I enjoy every single moment. Time flies and before you know it, I will arrive in Mongolia already!

5. If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
I have self-confidence, which I think is very important. You need to trust yourself and have your own opinion. At the same time they will describe me as a friendly, social, positive and committed person with a lot of discipline. Someone who likes to be prepared. If I want something I am prepared to work very hard to realize my goals.


6. What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
Transfer my dreams into goals to make them come true. I believe that we can all make our dreams come true, as long as we give our best efforts and have enough courage to pursue them. There are no secrets to success. It’s the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure (Colin Powell).

7. Have you done anything memorable lately? 
I am just graduated for my Masters of Law at the University of Utrecht with GPA 4.0,  in two different directions and being just 22 years old. Despite some people not believing in me, I believed in myself and never failed any exam.


8. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
That’s easy: definitely never trying. If you never try you have failed already, if you try you still have the chance to succeed.
As I mentioned before I am a dreamer. It would be a shame when you grow old, that regret takes the place of your dreams. Remember you can’t fail unless you give up (like never trying). If things don’t turn out the way you hoped, keep on trying; there can’t be success without some failure. See all the lessons in life as a learning experience. They will only make you stronger and help you to become the person you are today (the error of the past is the wisdom for the future).

9. If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
My mother always told me: never forget who you are and where you came from.


10. How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
I think there are two different types of beauty.
Inner beauty: Beauty is something you can’t touch or see. Beauty is something that comes from the inside. Beauty is felt in your heart.
Outer beauty: Beauty is everywhere. Beauty is God’s handwriting. Everything is beautiful but we can’t always see it. My grandfather always told me that he had never seen a smiling face that wasn’t beautiful.
During my preparations for Miss World I will give my best efforts, but always stay myself and show my personality. Not pretending to be something I am not. I will only do those things which I can enjoy. In that way I can let my inner beauty shine through the outside. No words but deeds. I don’t want people to call me Miss World Netherlands because they know it’s my title, I want people to call me Miss World Netherlands because they truly think I deserve the title.

11. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
To everyone I wish to say thank you for your support and positive messages. They mean so much to me. I always get a smile on my face reading your friendly and inspiring words. I am going to give my best efforts to make you all proud! I will also keep you guys updated through my twitter http://www.twitter.com/MissWorldNL and later on through my official facebook page (Miss World Netherlands). Hope to meet you one day to thank you in person for all your support. Love you all! xoxo

and finally...
Personal Motto: The beauty is to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams (Eleanor Roosevelt).
Favorite Food: Italian (pasta, pizza, ice cream), Japanese (sushi, shabu shabu), fruits and candy.
Favorite Color: Turquoise.
Favorite Song: Latin American music with good rhythm: Mosa – Michel Telo, Juan Magan – Bailando Por Ahi, Gustavo Lima – Balada.
Favorite Movie: Bride and Prejudice.
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games.
Favorite Singer/Band: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp


SPECIAL THANKS
Kim Kötter, National Director of Miss World in the Netherlands
Nathalie Den Dekker, Miss World Netherlands 2012

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