Saturday, July 7, 2012

PORTUGAL | 2012 Meet the Misses e.14 - Miss Mundo Portugal 2012

Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe and it is located in the Iberian Peninsula. The Portuguese Republic consists of continental Portugal and the Atlantic archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores. The country have been settled since prehistoric times. It was occupied by Celts like the Gallaeci and the Lusitanians, integrated into the Roman Republic and later settled by Germanic peoples and was conquered later by the Moors. During the Reconquista, Portugal established itself as an independent kingdom. In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result from the Age of Discovery, Portugal expanded west and established a global empire that included possessions in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and South America, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. Portugal is a developed country offering a high quality-of-life standard, a top health care system, and it's also one of the world's most globalized and peaceful nations. Mainland Portugal is split by River Tagus that flows from Spain into the Atlantic. The northern landscape is mountainous towards the interior with several plateaus indented by river valleys, whereas the south is characterized by rolling plains. Madeira is a popular year-round resort noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well for its annual New Years celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world. The Azores is home of Mount Pico, the highest point in Portugal, at 2351m. Portugal debuted in Miss World 1959 and finished in third place in 1971. This year, Melanie Vicente will represent her nation in Ordos.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Melanie Vicente, Miss Mundo Portugal 2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself, your country and your hometown.
My name is Melanie Vicente, I'm 21 years old and I’m a finalist in the degree of Nuclear Medicine. I was a competitive swimmer until the age of eighteen, and I always did different kinds of sports until the present time, like surfing and triathlon. I've always been a helpful girl to another and it makes me feel good with myself.

2. What are your plans for the future?
I see myself as a person who is engaged to each other and always available to help whenever possible, have a degree in nuclear medicine and above all be the same or even happier than I am now. Also, By the laws of nature, the woman was created to give the world the follow-up of human beings. As a woman, my purpose of life follows the nature, so I pretend to be mother in the future and pass all the values and principles that my mother gave me and also those who I learn throughout my life.

3. What are you most proud of?
The moment I'm most proud of was the entrance to the university because it marked an important stage in my life where I went through several changes that made me grow and made me the person I am today. Prouder also to know that when I finish my degree in Nuclear Medicine I will be able to be part of this area of health that helps thousands of people with cancer in particular.

4. Which activities make you lose track of time?
Actually it really isn’t an activity but it certainly is something that makes me lose track of time, which is to dedicate myself to my family and friends. These are people who have a very important role in my life and so we always dedicate ourselves to the short time we have sometimes and the time passes so fast in the middle of conversations, walks, laughs, smiles, tears ... That gives me a strong desire to stop time if it was possible.

5. If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
I am a charismatic, determined and simple girl who has big dreams and works to accomplish them.

6. What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
I'm not the only person in the world to have such attitudes / thoughts, but I often think more about the others than in myself and that is why I embrace many causes that I consider relevant in Portuguese society. Unfortunately in these days this may not be one hundred percent positive because there are many people who end up taking advantage of this quality of mine, but I do not lie down and that also make me grow more and better.

7. Have you done anything memorable lately?
Yes, in the last summer it took fifteen children (aged between the five and twelve years) of a social institution for children at risk to spend four days in my house to let them know the sea and to have the opportunity of being at a family home. During these days they seemed so happy that left me completely delighted and obviously happy and willing to repeat, and it will. This year the goals will be expanded and in maybe I will also receive youngest children.

8. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
For me the worst is never try, because you never know if that is really worth or not worth it. If we fail, we can always learn from our mistakes and who knows whether to try, do not get what you really want.

9. If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
I would like to teach Portuguese society everything I know and everything I learned from cancer diseases. I think that I would make a cancer prevention campaign and created free medical screenings so that they could all have access.

10. How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
Being Miss World Portugal is to be a reference Portuguese beauty but without forgetting all the purpose off a real miss has. Such purposes shall transmit a sense of positivism for the country as for that it’s very important to promote, to participate and to validate all actions that can help society nowadays with our beauty. For my preparation I will keep doing things that I already do and hope that in Miss World 2012 we can share our projects in order to help the world in different ways.

11. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I believe that our differences make us feel unique and special, but I know that above all we can work together to achieve a better world with this differences. Never forget that!

and finally...
Personal Motto: Optimism is built when the person feels no difference, but part of their own society.
Personal Goal: Achieve a career in Nuclear Medicine and help those with cancer.
Personal Dream Destination: China
Favorite Food: “Bacalhau com Natas” (Typical Portuguese dish)
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: “Oh gente da minha terra”
Favorite Movie: Charlie St. Cloud
Favorite Book: “Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire”, Margot Berwin
Favorite Singer/Band: Mariza
Favorite Actor/Actress: Simone de Oliveira

Isidro de Brito, National Director of Miss World in Portugal
Melanie Vicente, Miss Mundo Portugal 2012

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