She will represent Great Britain at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. The gorgeous Anna Burdzy is a law graduate and is set to obtain her Masters degree in human rights law. In the future she hopes to work for the prestigious United Nations and open her own charity - "I strongly believe that you have two hands; one to help yourself and one to help others and as my chosen career path is Human Rights Law, I feel it is so important to be kind and make as much of a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves as possible" - she explained. 

As Miss Universe she hopes to be able to use her platform to make a change on a global level rather than just in her closer community. 

Anna grew up watching Miss Universe as a kid because her mom used to watch it - “I’ve always been aware (about Miss Universe) but I just thought it was an impossible dream like it could never happen to me. I always look up to the other girls but I finally did it” 

Did you know ? Great Britain has never won the Miss Universe crown before. The closest it could reach was in the year 2013, when Amy Willerton secured the Top 10 spot at Miss Universe 2013 pageant. This year Anna will try her best to grab the first ever crown of Miss Universe for Great Britain. Check out my interview with her below!

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I think one great tip is that you should always love yourself. If you don't love yourself, take care of yourself, cater to yourself and that little inner voice, you will really not be very worthy of being with someone else, because you won't be the best version of you. ~Kimora Lee Simmons

The gorgeous Nicky Opheij, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Universe 2017 later this year, has been modeling for three years now. She won the Hollands Next TopModel Contest in 2014. While she was doing this she always had to lose weight and centimeters - "I was unhappy and not self-confident at all. This was not who I really am. It's important to eat (and be) healthy but the most importantly is to be happy with yourself" - she explained.

Modeling and being in front of the camera is what she loves to do. But it was not healthy for her at a highfashion level - "I reconsidered highfashion modelling because of that. I think top commercial modelling suits me and my personality better!"

This year during the Miss Netherlands adventure she has learned to be happy with herself and to be confident with herself - "Being confident with my feminine curves and the opportunity to show my personality are the two most important things I missed during modeling. Together with the Miss Netherlands experts and psychologists I’m here to love myself and my body. Now I can be a good rolemodel for those young girls and kickstart my top commercial modelling career."

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Nicky a few weeks before the prestigious Miss Universe Contest - Did you know ? Holland has won Miss Universe one time; it was in 1989 with Angela Visser.

The country debuted at Miss World and Miss Universe in 1956. The national beauty pageant was called "Miss Holland" from 1950 until 1990, since that year the winner competed at the Miss Universe, while runners-up traditionally competed at the Miss World and Miss International.

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The gorgeous Frida Fornander will have the opportunity to compete at Miss Universe 2017 later this year. The 21-year-old entered the Miss Universe Sweden competition in 2013 and was crowned Miss Earth Sweden in 2014. She also held the titles of Miss Teen Sweden in 2011 and Miss Teen Universe in 2012. Sweden has not placed into the semifinals since 2009, but the nation is one of the most successful at Miss Universe with three crowns.
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Are beauty pageants feminist or sexist? This has long been a topic of debate. Seeing as Miss Universe is THE highest point of the beauty pageant industry, one can imagine the excitement sweeping when the season arrives. 

Being Miss Universe is also a full-time job. You have to travel the world for charity work (it’s not all glitz and glamour despite how it sounds), educate yourself about other countries’ culture and customs, and raise awareness for many issues. Basically a woman is not less feminist simply because she voluntarily delights in pageants, and to shame her for it is actually perpetuating misogyny. If you police a woman’s choice to express her bodily autonomy on a stage because YOU don’t think that fits your definition of feminism, then that’s not feminist.

The gorgeous Sophia Koch, who'll be representing Germany in Miss Universe 2017, thinks that Miss Universe is here to empower women - "It shows that behind a beautiful face is also a strong character and personality that can achieve all the goals a women dreams of. I think that people who see pageants as they are degrading women just see the requirements that we have to dress up nicely in evening gowns and that we also do our hair and makeup but besides that we show by answering questions and giving interviews that our words and the messages we are spreading to the world have a big value and important content" - she explained.

Sophia was born in Halle. She is a Social Studies and German Literature student at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. She loves ballet dancing and speaks 4 languages; German, English, French and Spanish.

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Sophia a few days before her departure for the Miss Universe Pageant. Check it below!

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The feeling of being Irish and patriotic always comes on strongest around St Patrick’s Day. To see a day being celebrated all over the world just for Ireland is really quite exciting and moving to see. Irish people, it can be agreed, have one thing in common… they all love to talk about being Irish. So what does it exactly mean ? Cailín Áine Ní Toibín, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Universe 2017 later this year, always wanted to be a representative of her country & her people and give them a voice on an international platform -  "Ireland is passionate about supporting people who embody our culture and what it means to be Irish. Ireland is a beautiful country full of genuine people, we are a nation built on being a peaceful arbiter for many years back as far as time can tell." she explained

The beauty queen wants to promote Ireland to the world in a way that it excites them to come and expand their knowledge on how they live in her country. 

Cailín Áine Ní Toibín loves that Miss Universe is a pageant that celebrates women of all nationalities, colours and ethnicities - "These women are driven to discuss topical issues such as mental health which is the platform that I have chosen to be an advocate for as it is a topic that has been a part of my life since I was born, in Ireland it is a topic that is shadowed over because of our religious background and I hope to bring that to the forefront this year and de stigmatise mental health here in Ireland and abroad."

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Cailín Áine Ní Toibín on her preparation for the next Miss Universe Pageant. Check it below!

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She comes from Trinidad & Tobago a dual-island nation in the southern Caribbean, located a mere 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Yvonne Clarke's dream of being Miss Universe' first began at age 9, when Wendy Fitzwilliam was crowned in 1998 - "It was one of the few nights in my childhood where my parents allowed me to stay up late, so it was a very exciting experience. Watching Ms. Fitzwilliam's grace, dignity, and class on the international stage as she represented Trinidad and Tobago on that incredible night as she was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant inspired me to realize that, even in the small twin-island Republic of 1.3 million people, we all have the potential to shine as an example for the rest of the world to follow, admire and celebrate" - she explained.

If she wins the national pageant Yvonne will have the opportunity to represent her beautiful island at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. The beauty contest has been held annually since 1963 a year after its independence from the United Kingdom. It debuted in 1963 when Jead Stodart, Miss Y de Lima 1963 was crowned the Carnival Queen of Trinidad by National Carnival Committee and went to the Miss Universe 1963 in the United States.

Yvonne is a medical student in the area of clinical sonography, specializing in obstetrics - "My line of study allows me to ensure that my female patients and their unborn offspring are healthy. Child-bearing is a wondrous, incredible gift granted by God to women, and being a part of this delicate process is indeed a remarkable experience that I will always appreciate, because it is a testament of the strength and resilience of a woman."

Additionally, she owns a small business where she sells women's shoes, clothing and accessories. As a Fashion CEO, styling other women on a daily basis gives her great joy – "it’s a great feeling of satisfaction to see the look of confidence that my loyal female customers have when they leave my store, ready to face the world with renewed self-assurance."

Here we bring you the untold facts about Yvonne’s life & also her ideas, objectives and opinions… Have a look!

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