|EYE FOR BEAUTY BLOG'S MISS OF THE YEAR 2012, IRIS THOMSEN|
Photo: Christina Anaya
|Photo: Charlotte Baker|
A great attitude goes along way – especially in a beauty competition. Yes, these competitions are tough but they are often a once in a lifetime experience, so I really appreciate girls who want to make the most of this experience. Through Iris’ photo updates and amazing blog posts, the fans could share the journey with her. She kept it real and honest – it was a true reflection of what a rollercoaster of emotions a huge pageant like Miss World is but most importantly, it always remained positive. Here are some of my favorite exerts from her blog posts:
I finally met my roommate, Miss Israel. She arrived late at night, after I had already gone to bed, so when she stepped into the room I just started talking to her in Hebrew with my eyes closed (I had taken out my contact lenses and couldn’t see anything, anyways), and she was so surprised to hear someone speak her language! So of course we started talking and I explained to her how my mother is an Indian Jew that immigrated with her family to Israel in the sixties. We bonded immediately, she is so sweet.
Then during the day we had our first rehearsals for the opening show. I was so excited when I heard the music and we started doing our catwalk, and hearing all the country names called up was such a surreal experience for me. I’m in the Miss World pageant!! I get to show myself as a person and as a performer, where else would they be interested in both? It is definitely a great experience for me. Some girls already miss home, but honestly, I haven’t gotten to that point yet. Not because I don’t love them and I like being away from them, but simply because I am having such a great time, and I love every second of it. (I didn’t think I was a pageant girl, but apparently, I am!)
Today was a really long, but very exciting day. First we had breakfast, then we did the rehearsals for the opening act of the final show. After that we were told that we an opportunity to walk for a famous designer. This famous designer is none other than Graeme Black with the brand 1436! We were told to walk naturally, as if we were walking down the street. All 120 girls got to walk, which is an amazing opportunity for us! It took a long time to see all the girls, but it was interesting to see more of the girls and learn from each other
Then we had a meeting with Mrs. Julia Morley. She is an amazing person, and every time she speaks I get really emotional. She just has that thing that inspires people and I can't help but feel super grateful that I get to experience being around such great people that genuinely want to make a difference in this world. Sometimes it is so easy to feel like a small fish in the water that is of no importance, but we can all make the world a better place in the way we know how. I try to do that through my work and my art and just by being nice towards other people. You can never know how great the ripples effects of your actions are, I truly believe this.
Today we got the morning off, so I slept until 8.20 then I went for a quick breakfast. Then after a small chat with my beautiful chaperone I went to the gym and pool. It was so nice to move the body and have a little time to myself. Then I packed my bags for the show tonight and tomorrow we are leaving for Shanghai, so I packed a little bit for that. Then we had lunch, rehearsals at the stadium for the opening ceremony and then we went back to the hotel to get ready for the show!
After the show we had our welcome dinner in a huge and fancy restaurant. We ate traditional Mongolian food, it was very delicious. I tried as any things as I could, bearing in mind that I try to keep kosher while I am here. In very short that means I don't eat pork and shellfish, and I don't mix dairy and meat. But there was a nice variety. Again all the Chinese guests, staff and press kept taking pictures of us, I'm just enjoying it, posing with whoever wants to have a picture with me
|Photo: Jack Høier|
We drove for about an hour to get to the desert, and we realised how cold it was because the sun hadn't risen yet. We rode a ski lift to get to another mountain then a huge jeep to get to our destination. It was so much fun, like being in an amusement park. The drive drove really fast and the cold wind woke us all up. We had some breakfast, and then we got divided in to our 4 groups for different activities. My group went to see the sand art, it was so stunning. There were huge sand sculptures, I guess you can compare it a bit to Legoland but with sand. I felt inspired to do some yoga and draw some nice shapes in the sand, so I did. I tried to distract from the photographers and just be in my own zone. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere 'Just Dance' by Lady Gaga blasted out the speakers, and we all started dancing and having fun. We formed a circle and one by one we danced in the middle. I busted out some breakdance moves, and I don't think any of the girls expected that, so they went crazy and cheered for me
What can I say? I miss having breakfast with my 115 friends, I miss having rehearsals with our absolutely wonderful choreographers, I miss my chaperone, I miss my busy schedule! I am so grateful for this experience, and I am looking forward to what may lie ahead for me.
|20 years after Anja Brond placed at Miss World 1992, Denmark shone again|
|The Miss & Mister of Denmark under directorship of Lisa Lents |
will once again be in charge of this year's Miss World Denmark contest on Aug 3
Iris was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
1. What are the most special memories you have of representing Denmark at Miss World 2012?
The truly special memories, though, are the moments I had with some of the girls that I really formed a special bond with. Shani (Miss Israel) and I were roommates and instantly we felt like sisters. I loved that moment when she first arrived to the room and it was late, so I was already asleep, but I heard her come in and immediately started speaking to her in Hebrew, she was so surprised! She didn’t expect a Danish girl to talk to her in her language.
Also one night in the desert the Miss World Organisation had made a bonfire party for us, and Bama (Miss Mongolia) and I danced together in a battle against some Chinese dancers… it was great fun. I would also practice English with her, and on the second to last evening she came to me and told me how much she appreciated it, and we both started crying and hugged each other intensely. These are just some moments, there are plenty to share! I really miss all the friends I made. Remona (Miss South Africa) and Mariana (Miss Brazil) were also very close to my heart… just to name a few! They are really all such lovely girls. That is the downside of it all – we all go back to our countries afterwards.
2. What have you been up to since competing for the Miss World title?
Thank you all for supporting me and for sending me such beautiful
messages, I am very touched by the fact that I have a fan base out there.
I am very humbled by the opportunities this title has given me – it has given me a platform from which I can do great things, and I am very proud of my achievements so far, though it is important to notice that nothing comes without hard work or without help from others around you who believe and trust in you.
|Photo: Andrew R. Moore|
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Iris will be crowning her successor, Miss World Denmark 2013, on Saturday August 3rd. We wish Iris all the best for the future! May this be the end of one exciting chapter and the beginning of a brand-new one for a very special young lady!!!