Monday, July 9, 2012

WALES | 2012 Meet the Misses e.18 - Miss Wales 2012

Wales, widely regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations, is one of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom. It is located in the west of the island of Great Britain. Despite its close political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, Wales has retained a distinct cultural identity, language, costumes, holidays and music which emerged after the Romans withdrew from Britain. It is officially bilingual with Welsh and English sharing equal status. Wales has temperate climate and it is considered one of the wettest countries of Europe. Wales has been inhabited by modern humans for at least 29,000 years so history can be traced back to the Mesolithic period. Its landscape was shaped during the last ice age. It is a generally mountainous nation with the highest mountains located in the Northern and Central areas. Tourism is a growing industry thanks to the national parks, their beaches and their unique culture. Wales debuted in Miss World 1999 and produced a semifinalist in 2004 with Amy Guy. This year the nation will be represented by Sophie Elizabeth Moulds, Miss Wales 2012.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Sophie Elizabeth Moulds, Miss Wales 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 Sophie Elizabeth Moulds, I am 19 and I live at home with my parents and older brother. I am currently studying a business management degree at Cardiff University and am proud to be representing Wales this year at Miss World. Wales is a country that has beautiful countryside and rich culture. Wales is represented visually by the Red Dragon and Daffodil, it also has its own Welsh language. The patron saint of Wales is Saint David - Dewi Sant in Welsh - and we celebrate in his honour on 1ST March every year. My hometown in Wales is Ferndale in the Rhondda Valleys. Ferndale is a place with a strong sense of community and I have loved growing up here. I think Wilfred Wilson summed up being Welsh in the quote “To be born Welsh is to be born privileged. Not with a silver spoon in your mouth, But music in your blood and poetry in your soul.”  

2.    What are your plans for the future?
I hope to complete my degree with a first honours and use this to explore the business world hopefully  one day being able to set up my own business. I would also love to travel and am keen to work with as many charities as I can in the years to come. I have many ideas about what the future brings however my main focus right now is to work hard in order to represent my country at Miss World and to do my very best and make everyone in Wales proud. 

3.    What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the family I come from as the values that I have been taught from an early age help me make good decisions every day. I strongly believe the quote by Desmond Tutu “You don't choose your family.  They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.” And believe that I am extremely lucky to have such an amazing family. 

4.    Which activities make you lose track of time?
I enjoy going for long walks with my two dogs around the river where I live. Many days I lose track of time whilst walking and enjoying the scenery that my hometown has to offer. Socialising with my friends and family also make me lose track of time.

5.    If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
I think they would say I am a caring person and I always look for the best in people or in situations. I would most probably be described as a comical person as I enjoy making people smile and laugh. I am also hardworking and ambitious if I set my mind to something I will be dedicated to achieving that outcome. 

6.    What is something you know you do differently than the most other people?
I enjoy the rain and listening to it, I know this is not something I do but think it is probably different to how most people feel about the rain! I also do not like having my hair cut – which is something most people enjoy. 

7.    Have you done anything memorable lately?
I attended the Queen’s Jubilee. I had such an amazing day meeting some wonderful people and it will be a day I remember for the rest of my life!  I would like to thank all the people who made that day happen – I am truly grateful.

8.    Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Never trying is definitely worse! If you at least try then you know in your heart you have done what you can even if you then fail you can try and try again. If you never try then you will always wonder and think what if you did.

9.    If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
I strongly believe the Bible has many great teachings and I think one that has always stuck in my heart is Matthew 7:12 “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them” I think that if everyone lived by this rule then the world would be a much better place.

10.    How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
I would honestly say beauty is undefinable as everyone sees beauty differently. I think a truly beautiful person is one that has a pure heart, I believe this is someone who is honest, sincere and seeks to do good. I believe that Beauty with a Purpose is extremely important and I am preparing for Miss World by trying to work with and help as many charities as I can. 

11.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my country and myself. I am so proud to be involved in the Miss World competition as it does wonderful things for people all around the world. I cannot wait to meet all the inspirational women and learn more about them and their countries. 

and finally...
Personal Motto: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Favorite Food: Pasta Carbonara
Favorite Color: Light Blue
Favorite Song: Meat Loaf – Paradise by the Dashboard light or Nothing compares to you – Sinead O’Connor 
Favorite Movie: Sex and the City
Favorite Book: Sophie Kinsella – Can you keep a secret? 
Favorite Singer/Band: Alicia Keys 
Favorite Actor/Actress: Anthony Hopkins

Paula Abbandonato, National Director of Miss World in Wales
Sophie Elizabeth Moulds, Miss Wales 2012

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