Monday, August 13, 2012


 "I felt like I was the most gorgeous woman in the world. I was so happy and I wanted to shout, to cry, to stand still and to smile. So many emotions,"

I think one of the best things in life I could easily identify myself with the reigning Miss World is that we're both orphans who fearlessly pursued our dreams with passion and perhaps exact determination. We may have taken a different path and I may not be as successful as her but I firmly believe that somehow we share almost the same sentiments  as we both emerged victorious in each of our battles as orphans - permanently bereaved of parental affection.

Hailed from the beautiful country of Venezuela, Miss Ivian became an orphan at an early age of eight, the youngest of 13 siblings. Her mother Maria was dreadfully electrocuted right in front of her in an accident at home while her father was killed in a car crash a few months later. At any stage of life, the death of one's parents evokes a range of powerful emotions, at times immeasurable. The untimely loss of her parents must have been a horrid, traumatic experience for such a young child to bear but despite the tragedy she remained strong and the adversity did not stop her from reaching out her dreams. She was brought up by the nuns in a convent in Cojedes, a reason she might have seriously considered becoming a nun herself before taking a different path. To pay her way through the university she had to work part time in a restaurant as well as in a store in the nearby shopping mall. 

 The 23-year old Venezuelan glamazon with the bachelor's degree in human resources bested more than 115 beauties and triumphantly took home the most coveted blue diamond studded crown of Miss World during the gallant ceremony culminated with the first princess finish of Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Gaelle Sandrine Ruais and second princess Amanda Victoria Vilanova Perez of Puerto Rico. It is noteworthy mentioning that the Philippine bet almost snatched the crown from her by just a mere single point difference. Nonetheless, destiny anointed her with the crown she rightfully deserved.

“This has taught me that life, although it may be bad, doesn’t have to end badly. Although I no longer have my parents, it has taught me to be stronger..I want to carry on doing the wonderful work that ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ and the Miss World organization does and to help people in need,”I want to help people like me”. The emotional Miss World said while trying to hold back her tears.

 Miss Ivian's journey from orphan rugs to Miss World royalty is imaginably unparalleled. Her dramatic fairy tale story and her gargantuan will to overcome life's adversities is truly awe-inspiring. She represents the rest of the orphans around the world like me that despite being the most disadvantaged in society's lineage we too can take part of life's wonderful opportunities. With access to quality education coupled with the incredible determination to succeed we can surmount even those seemingly insurmountable heights and attain the dreams of a vibrant future.

To the Miss World 2011, thank you so much for being an inspiration. Though your reign will soon to end, your sterling example will never be forgotten. God bless you..:-)


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