Miss Universe

Exclusive interview with Miss Sweden Universe 2017 Frida Fornander

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.
I had the opportunity to recently interview the newly crowned Miss Universe Sweden. Lets know a little bit more about her through this interview.

What was the first thing that went through your mind when you were crowned the new Miss Universe Sweden ?

Finally! I felt so relieved, yet sooo happy since this has been a goal for me for many years. I tried first time in 2013 but ended up as 1strunner up. The second time that I tried, I won Miss Earth Sweden which was also a learning experince. But now, I had a feeling in my gut that this could be my year. And I was right! 

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What qualities a woman should have to represent a whole nation?

For me, a true Miss Universe is a strong woman who is ambitious and driven, yet humble and down to earth. She is a leader and she wants to help and to inspire people. But most important - she has a heart of gold and that is how her beauty radiates. I hope the international jury will see those qualities in me!

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What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the Miss Universe competition?

First and foremost: experience. I started with pageants at the age of 15 when I was crowned Miss Teen Sweden 2011. Ever since then, I have been to over 15 national and international pageants, only to develope my self and to gain experience for my main goal - Miss Universe. Now I know what to expect and when I arrive at Miss Universe and I will be fully prepared. By nature, I'm also a very caring human being who loves to make other people feel good and I belive that is an important quality.

Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not? 

Social media nowadays is a great way to reach out to people, both to help spreading awareness and to inspire. But I also belive it is just as important to live in the present and not be too attatched to social media. There is so much more to life than just staring at our phones.

How would you describe your country to your fellow contestants? 

Sweden is a beautiful and peaceful country that is famous for our equal rights, history and beautiful nature. I feel very privileged to represent my nation and all the great things we stand for.

Who is your favorite beauty queen and why?

Our reigning Miss Universe - Iris Mittenaere is of course one of my favorites. First of all, she is stunning! But she also seems to be so bubbly and sweet. Pia Wurtzbach is another favorite, she is just a true icon and I think the world will always remember her name and fierce walk. I feel like I can also relate to her, since she also won on her third attemt.