Friday, July 20, 2012

URUGUAY | 2012 Meet the Misses e.44 - Miss World Uruguay 2012

Uruguay is a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to some 3.5 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. Uruguay's only land border is with Brazil, to the north. To the west lies the Uruguay River and the estuary of the Río de la Plata to the southwest. To the southeast lies the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometers, Uruguay is the second-smallest nation in South America by area. Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, was founded by the Portuguese in 1680. Uruguay won its independence in 1828. The nation is one of the most economically developed countries in South America and the first by human development in Latin America. Uruguay was the first South American country to legalize same-sex and different-sex civil unions at a national level. The Uruguayan landscape features mostly rolling plains and low hill ranges with fertile coastal lowland. A dense fluvial network covers the country, consisting of four river basins or deltas; the Río de la Plata, the Uruguay River, the Laguna Merín and the Río Negro. The highest point in the country is the Cerro Catedral whose peak reaches to 514 meters. Uruguay has 660 km of coastline and is home of nine National Parks. The Uruguayan culture is strongly European and its influences from southern Europe are particularly important. The tradition of the gaucho has been an important element in the art and folklore of both Uruguay and Argentina. Notable tourist destinations in the area include the oceanfront communities of Cabo Polonio, La Paloma and Punta del Diablo. Punta del Este is Uruguay’s most popular and developed beach town. Uruguay debuted in Miss World 1959 and finished fifth in 2000. Valentina Henderson Aromburu, Miss World Uruguay 2012, will represent her nation in Miss World 2012.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Valentina Henderson Aromburu, Miss World Uruguay 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 country is south of Latin America, between two great powers such as Argentina and Brazil.
We are a country where sheep and cattle production is of fundamental importance in the economy of Uruguay. We excel in tourism. To the east of Uruguay, we have the internationally renowned resort Punta del Este. This year, Punta del Este saw many celebrities visiting ranging from the creators of the social network Facebook, as well as a Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, and the renowned DJ David Guetta, and a lot more stars that have chosen our beaches for vacations. We cannot let go of the football where Uruguay finished in fourth place in the last World Cup and was champion in the Latin American Cup in 2011. My country was home of the first World Cup in 1930 and Uruguay is the only country that has won in football during the Olympic Games two times in a row. Nowadays we have Suarez which is from my hometown and play with Liverpool. We also have Cavanni playing at Napoli and he is also from my hometown Salto. He is a renowned figure of European football. In short, we have numerous famous athletes. We cannot forget Forlan who won two times the golden slipper and the best player of last World Cup. My hometown is Salto, 500 km north from the capital, is extremely beautiful with its sunsets, but also noted for its hot springs. We have a population of 120,000. Needless to say that if you search on Google, you will realize the beauty that is my land.

2. What are your plans for the future?
I will continue to belong to this wonderful world that I love, I will continue my studies in medicine.

3. What are you most proud of? 
Being Uruguayan. This is a country that received all the migratory flows that escaped or were persecuted from wars and found in Uruguay a free country to live in. Our historical roots are in the five continents. We are free, independent and live in a climate of peace. The rest of the achievements so far, with my young age, including winning Miss Uruguay World, but especially the family I have, which supports me in every decision I choose and are always there to guide me and let me learn from my mistakes.
4. Which activities make you lose track of time?
I admire the landscapes, specially the sunsets during the evening from my apartment in the coast. They are relaxing and give you good energy.

5. If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
They say I'm crazy for leaving my boyfriend and my family to go to the pageant.
They will say that I am too young yet. I'm sure they are going to speak well of me because if I look up around the people around me, you will never find an adversary.

6. What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
 We are all different but what makes me different from some people is the simplicity and calmness when making big decisions in my life, I think about it I act calmly, serenely and I am guided by my instincts as a woman.

7. Have you done anything memorable lately?
Yes. Fulfill the dream of being the ambassador of the beauty of my country in the world. In my city, I always offer myself as a model for important causes and foundations that need to raise funds for some type of clinical work or of any person, then model for certain brands or boutiques without asking for compensation.

8. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Never try because failure is the result of a failed attempt. But not always it will lead to failure. If you never try, you’ll never have the opportunity to succeed.

9. If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
I would teach that we are children of life and that our parents are here to guide us, then we are the ones who make decisions right or wrong but if we ever learned to listen them, our decisions will be the correct ones. I have 18 years old and I learned and understood what my parents tried to tell me to this day. In the future I will teach my children what I learned.
So I tell the world that you can do it. You can do anything in life. You just have to want it, dream it, crave it and then the rest will follow.

10. How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
I prepare with what my teachers teach me. I prepare with what I get from day to day from other contestants. I prepare myself with the vision of a winner. I take the best of every moment and keep it with me forever.

11. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Let's be smart enough to think that everything in life is circumstantial and ephemeral. Let us live this moment. Let's enjoy these joys and prepare for when there are sad times. Do not feel bad from frustrations that steal the joy of a smile.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Persevere and you will succeed.
Favorite Food: Red meat from my country and green salads.
Favorite Color: Red passion.
Favorite Song: "Color esperanza" Diego Torres.
Favorite Movie: "Titanic".
Favorite Book: I have no one in particular.
Favorite Singer/Band: Christina Aguilera
Favorite Actor/Actress: Angelina Jolie.

Angel Cairo Grien, Coordinator Miss Universo Uruguay Organization
Valentina Henderson Aromburu, Miss World Uruguay 2012

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