Pernille Sørensen was crowned Miss World Denmark 2014 in Copenhagen on October 4, 2014. She will represent Denmark in the upcoming 2014 Miss World pageant to be held in London, England on December 14, 2014. Critical Beauty would like to thank Pernille and her national director, Lisa Lents, for granting us this interview and wishes her the best of luck at Miss World!
Who is the real Pernille Sørensen?
The real Pernille Sørensen is a young woman living in a city called Aalborg which is the fourth largest city in Denmark. Her closest family contains her wonderful parents and her beautiful little sister, Kristina, with whom she has a very close relationship.
Pernille has a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, and at the moment, she is studying at Aalborg University, where she is getting her Master of Science in Public Health.
Pernille lives an active lifestyle and it is very important to her to work out regularly and eat healthy. She is very passionate about health, and she finds it very interesting to see health and well-being in many different contexts and from different perspectives.
When time allows it she loves to express herself creatively through drawing, painting and photography. Furthermore she has a passion for beauty and loves experimenting with makeup, as well as reading about the latest beauty products.
To travel is also one of Pernille’s great passions. She thinks it is so inspiring to experience new places and she is very open-minded in the meeting with new people and different cultures.
How would your friends describe you?
I have asked my friends and family about this question, and they all described me as a caring and emphatic young woman, with a very calm temperament and with a sympathetic and accommodating way to meet new people. My dear father described me as a very loving and caring big sister, as I have always taken good care of my little sister. He also described me as a very patient person, which has also been confirmed by former nurse colleagues. Some of my friends think that I often tend to be a little too structured and a bit of a control freak.
Define happiness. What makes you happy?
I am happy when I conquer the challenges I give myself in life. With every challenge – big or small – I am developing as a person, and that makes me very pleased and strong.
I am also very happy when I can make my closest ones happy. I am easily influenced by others' moods and therefore it is important to me to help spread good energy and give people a smile along the way. I am in general very generous with compliments and I am good at telling others when they do a good job.
What is the biggest problem that your country, Denmark, is facing right now and what do you propose to resolve it?
Denmark is characterized by its social balance and universal welfare services, such as free healthcare and free education, and the Danes have been named the happiest people in the world in several studies. But if I should name a problem in our country I have been a part of and have seen on a daily basis, it would have to be, that our healthcare system often can be insufficient in terms of lack of resources, lack of space and not enough hands to give the best quality of healthcare possible. As a nurse I have felt the frustration of not feeling like you can do your best because of this. Sometimes I wonder about some of the things we spend money on, while we save in health care and the elderly.
What would constitute a "perfect" evening for you?
I love meeting up with old and new friends and just talk about everything - great and small. Combining this with a delicious food and maybe watching a movie in the theater afterwards, this may be the perfect evening for me.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change and why?
I wish that there were no famine in the world. No one, young or old, should starve, and it breaks my heart knowing that in 2014 there are about 24.000 people dying every day of starvation - especially when there are countries that have abundance of food and where obesity is one of the main problems.
How do you respond to a homeless person on the street asking you for money?
When a homeless person approaches me on the street, I instinctively tend to give him/her a little money. But sometimes I afterwards think about, if the person maybe would use the money to finance an abuse of some kind, and I would actually rather have bought him/her some food in the first place or asked about the person's situation to get to know what he/she truly needs.
What is your idea of fun? How do you enjoy yourself to have fun?
I really enjoy trying new things in form of physical activities, such as ice skating, rock climbing, scuba diving, canoeing, skiing and dancing. I love using my body in different ways and challenging myself – and if these activities are combined with a lot of friends around me, this is my idea of fun.
If you could go back in time to any time period, which one would you choose & why?
I would go back to my teenage years and tell myself not to worry about things I still could not change. I have spent too many years thinking about what other people would think of me and not just enjoying life as a young girl.
What is your opinion on cosmetic surgery? Would you consider submitting to it some day?
I have absolutely nothing against plastic surgery as long as you do it for your own sake - however, I have never myself had any kind of plastic surgery. If there is something about your appearance that really upsets you and perhaps is diminishing your quality of life, I think it is alright. In return I think that you should say no to plastic surgery if you feel pressured into it by your surroundings, by girlfriends, by boyfriends or by family.
At the moment I do not see myself having any cosmetic surgery in the future, but I am not dismissive about it.
Who is the woman you admire most and why?
It would be Beyoncé, because she for me is the ultimate definition of girl power and independence. In addition to being a great musician and singer, she inspires me by being so down-to-earth despite of her fame. She also gives a lot to charity and I think she is a great role model for many young girls.
If women were to rule the world by 2050, how different would the world be?
I do not think that good leadership is a matter of gender. There have been female political leaders throughout history and like their male counterparts, some may have been good leaders, others may not. Some may say that women possess an inborn trait to be more caring or righteous, but I think that both men and women possess these qualities, and it is more a matter of personality than a matter of gender.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done, and what did you learn?
The most adventurous thing I have ever done was completing a diving certificate during a trip to Thailand and Malaysia. By doing this I had to exceed some personal boundaries, because I have been quite hydrophobic during my entire childhood. I learned that I had to try some new things in my life, even though it scared me at first. It is so important for me to evolve as a person throughout my whole life, and I can only evolve if I dare to challenge myself.
If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why?
I think I would come back as a dog. Like dogs, I am loyal and devoted and I like to be in the company of people who mean something to me. I'm not that good at being alone for too long and I enjoy long walks with a good friend.
Do you think social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have a positive or negative influence on teens?
It depends. It is upsetting to see young girls being affected by the social media in connection with getting a wrong image of what is a normal appearance. As a nurse student I have worked with girls with eating disorders and low self-esteem, and these girls' understanding of health and striving for perfection is so heartbreaking. In their teenage years the teens are actively seeking to find an identity, and it is sad if they believe that they have to be thin to exemplify beauty and success.
On the other hand I think that the social media is a great way of spreading inspiring posts and stimulate young teens to build up their self-esteem and be kind and helpful human beings.
Exposure to information and news about events occurring around the world can also develop cultural and political awareness and it challenges the teens to reflect on different causes.
If you were on a TV talk show and could get one message across to the viewers, what subject would it be on?
There is not much in this world that I outright hate, but it really bothers me when people smoke cigarettes. Smoking is the cause of the highest number of lifestyle-related deaths in Denmark and I wish that people stop smoking. So if I could get more people to quit smoking, I would feel like I had made a great difference both for the smokers themselves, their surroundings and the health care system.
If you could spend the day with anyone (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do with that person?
I would spend one last day with my dear aunt who passed away last year due to cancer. I would take her to see her family, parents, husband and children. Our whole family was heartbroken when we lost such a loving and caring soul, and she was a great inspiration to me.
If you were judging a pageant, what would be the most important quality that you’d look for in the winner?
All who take the time to be friendly and help other people is beautiful in my opinion, and these are very important qualities to me. Additionally there is nothing more mesmerizing than a sincere and joyful smile.
Do you think the world will be a better or a worse place 100 years from now?
It is very hard to say, and the situation in the world is always changing in different directions. For example I think that we will find a cure for cancer and find new vaccines, but I think that in the future there will just be another new life-threatening disease or epidemic that we cannot control.
I hope that we in the future will be more environmentally conscious through green energy for example, so we can reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. So many beautiful places in the world will not exist in just 50 years if we continue to mistreat our earth as we do now.
I also hope that we in the future will be able to reduce or eliminate famine and extreme poverty in the world.
Why do you want to become Miss World 2014?
As a nurse, it is very natural for me to want to help and make a difference for people, and I hope that I, through the competition, can bring focus to concerns that are close to my heart. I am amazed how huge a difference the Miss World Organization through the years has done for disadvantaged and ill children around the world. I would be so proud to be a part of this endeavor!
It will also be a great honor for me to be a role model to others and it will mean a lot to me if I could inspire others to make a difference for people in need of help.
I am a young woman who is always looking for new ways to challenge myself, as I believe that it is important to constantly evolve as a person, and by doing this, I hope I can inspire others to follow their dreams and always seize the opportunities they get in life!
Music: Pop and R&B
Musical Artist/Entertainer: Beyoncé
Movies: Avatar and Inception
Actor: Channing Tatum and Mads Mikkelsen
Actress: Zoë Saldaña and Jennifer Aniston
Book: The Harry Potter Series
Perfume: Amor Amor by Cacharel
Fruit: Avocado and watermelon
Proverb: “Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world. No matter what you look like”