By Kyle T.
personal was such a privilege. From the time she was presented to
the press last October 11, I was already enchanted. Aside from the
fact that she has the best figure among the candidates, I also
discovered that she has such a warm and friendly spirit. She was
smiling the whole time the interview was taking place and, based
from my cumulative assessment, I am reserving one finals slot for
her. Here are excerpts from my one-on-one with Miss Latvia:
What are your impressions of the
Philippines so far?
like the Philippines so much. I've been here only for a week but I
already like it! But the weather is very hot, it's very difficult to
get used to it because in Latvia we don't have this kind of weather.
It's usually about 20-25 degrees during the summer."
Did you have any special preparations
for Miss Earth before you came here?
In Latvia, I am a member of a non-governmental organization which is
occupied by environmentalists. This is the reason why this theme is
not new for me. And it's very
close to my heart."
What for is the most important value or
virtue any woman should have?
know, we have the anthem (theme song) of our contest, and it is
called Woman of the Earth. It's a very beautiful song. Everything is
said there - the woman must be gentle, teaching, thinking,
mothering. And these are very important values for a woman."
Some people look at beauty queens as
"larger than life", how can you convince them that you are
as normal as anybody else?
a bit) Well, I have a lot of friends and they are not beauty queens
and they go to the university and study foreign languages and
economics. These are people who are the same as I am. I may be
representing my country right now but after my responsibilities, I'm
back to my normal life back home."
After the pageant is over, how do you
want the other candidates to remember you by?
once more) I don't know. It's very difficult but I think we'll never
forget each other because we have spent time here together. We're
doing everything together - eating, going out. We're like sisters
already so maybe that's how we can remember each other."
Who is you roommate?
Have you learned anything from her?
good friends now. She's very nice. It's very interesting to share a
room with her because it's another culture and another
And have you learned to eat spicy foods
very spicy foods! But not so much."
Thank you very much for sharing your
time with us, Jelena, and good luck. We hope that you win the Best
in Swimsuit award because you have a very beautiful figure!
you…thank you very much!"