World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Elite Miss Illinois 2017 Ann Marie Zapolska
Full name: Anna Marie Zapolska
Title: Elite Miss Illinois 2017
Pageant: Miss Earth United States
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Hobbies: Travelling, studying foreign languages, volunteering
Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian, French and German
Platform: As part of the Miss Earth United States system I am working on promoting environmental awareness in the state of Illinois and collaborating with the Center of Environmental Studies at Northern Illinois University regarding the #GoGreen campaign and the ocean pollution impact on biodiversity.
Contact information: Facebook: @elitemissearthilliniois2017
Years competed: 1st year
Countries visited: Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Mexico, Bahamas, Aruba
Likes: Meeting new people from different parts of the world
World Class Beauty Queens: Hello Ann, thank you for taking the time to Interview with us. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Anna Marie Zapolska and I am a PhD student majoring in Political Science and International Relations. I also have two masters’ degrees in International Economics and Political and Justice Studies. I was born and raised in Ukraine and recently became a U.S. citizen. I am also actively involved in various volunteering projects among immigrant communities in the state of Illinois. Furthermore, I am passionate about environmental issues such as ocean pollution and its impact on biodiversity, supporting #GoGreen campaign and spreading awareness about industrial recycling issues. After receiving my PhD degree, I plan to start a career as a politician and environmental issues activist.
World Class Beauty Queens: To our readers that are unfamiliar with Earth system tell us what is it about and why did you chose it.
Miss Earth is celebrated as one of the Top 3 international pageants, featuring nearly 100 national representatives at each year’s glamorous competition. The winner of Miss Earth serves as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns worldwide. The focus of the Miss Earth is to promote environmental awareness and protect the Earth. I have chosen to join Miss Earth because I care about our environment and believe that every person can make a difference!
World Class Beauty Queens: What were you judged on during the competition?
There was a panel of five judges and I was judged on four different categories: 25 points for interview, 25 points for runaway, 25 points for swimsuit, 25 points for evening gown.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
Participating in a pageant is a great opportunity to connect with other people, improve your public speaking skills, build confidence, and have an opportunity to do a lot of great things locally and on the national level. I have always been inspired by beautiful and powerful women that encouraged others to pursue their dreams.
World Class Beauty Queens: What made you decide to compete for your title?
I wanted to be able to represent the state where I live including the local community and possibly inspire other girls to join this pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your platform.
I support #GoGreen campaign by collaborating with the Center of Environmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. It is an honor to be able to work with so many passionate environmentalists on the various projects such as ocean pollution and its impact on biodiversity and industrial recycling issues.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did volunteering helped your life?
Volunteering is a big part of my life. I truly enjoy helping other people, be it working with local immigrant communities, volunteering for the animal shelters, or joining the environmental campaigns.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
One of my biggest achievements is successfully passing Graduate school exams and being able to pursue a Doctoral degree.
World Class Beauty Queens: Evening gown is a big part of competition. What is your thinking process for selecting the gown?
Selection a gown was very exciting process, and my goal was to choose a unique dress that would express my style and represent one of my favorite colors.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
I do not have a particular strategy, because I believe that being yourself and being confident is very important. The key is to genuinely enjoy what you do.
World Class Beauty Queens: Behind the scenes competition is a whirlwind. What is your strategy to stay calm?
My mother is my biggest supporter and seeing her in the audience made me forget about all my worries. I also thankful to my sister queens that supported and encouraged me during the pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: We want to hear in your own words how did it feel to hear your name as the winner.
Winning the title of Elite Miss Illinois without having prior pageant experience felt like a big victory and accomplishment. It inspired and encouraged me to try harder to achieve my dreams and professional goals!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does the crown and sash symbolizes to you?
Both of them symbolize my hard work and commitment, and also it empowers me to be able to help other people to achieve their dreams.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It helped to meet a lot of great people and build long-lasting friendships. I was happy to learn that my example inspired other girls in my community to participate in the pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some happies memories of competing in pageants.
Meeting a lot of talented, successful people such as previous queens, fashion designers and business professionals.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2017/18 as a Queen?
As a state title holder, I plan to promote the environmental awareness in the state of Illinois and during my international trips and volunteering projects.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Believe in yourself and work with other people. I want to make a difference or change in the world, be it a global one or one’s person’s life.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Elite Miss Illinois 2017 Ann Marie Zapolska for this amazing interview.
Print Magazine Ann Marie was published in: www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1291064
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