TIB - Who is Benaziir B. Charles? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Benaziir My Name is Benazir Berends Charles, I was born on 9th of July 1992, that makes me 18 years old and a Cancer sign. I am 1.76 m.
I am a down to earth person and a chaser of my dreams and goals. I love to travel to see new things and meet new people, to shop, plan nice things to do with loved ones and just have a good time. You can say that I’m a bundle of joy.
TIB - Tell us something that will make us remeber you.
Benaziir I am a young woman with a distinctive tropical look, I have a great personality and always in for a good time. I am funny but I can also be very serious if needed.
TIB - Can you tell us 3 things that you think are typically Bonaire.
TIB - What do you expect to gain by participating in pageants? Why?
Benaziir By being part of these beauty pageants, I expect to gain an opportunity to discover my strengths, and weaknesses and develop myself and transform myself into becoming a person who is involved with worldly matters and who can speak and be confident on a world stage. And to Just be the best I can be.
TIB - How will pageant competition help you develop as a person?
Benaziir By being part of pageants I will gain valuable experiences, being able to share with young woman’s of different countries, learn about various cultures and habits from around the world. And to figure out ways to become better and improve my chances of winning. Because Quitters never win and a winner never quit!
TIB - What do you want to achieve in life?
Benaziir I want to achieve every dream I have actually, But I’m sure we all want to! I want to become a role model in life. Someone people can look up to and relate to. I want to set my footprints on this world and leave a trail behind.
TIB - Which word do you not like to hear at all? Why?
Benaziir Well there are a lot of words that we don’t like people to call us, but none of them really bothers me that much, because I know what I am, what’s the truth and what’s not.
But when I see how some people can get when someone with another race call them a “nigger”, it’s so disrespectful. Because that word was used back in the time of slavery and it is inappropriate to use that word in today’s society.
What I personally really don’t like is when people say things and don’t accomplish what they have said; actions speak louder then words.
TIB - What song will put a lump in your throat every time you hear it?
Benaziir No song actually puts a lump in my throat every time I hear it, but when I am feeling down and listen to certain songs that I can relate myself with at that moment, than I’ll definitely get a lump in my throat.
TIB - When have you been very proud of yourself in your life?
Benaziir I am proud of most of the things I did and one of them was being chosen to represent my island, and knowing that a lot of people are proud of me and that I’ve become an example for the youth. We can accomplish every dream we have, but only if we really choose to pursue our steps to make it real and happen.
TIB - If I came to your home and looked in refrigerator, what would I find?
Benaziir You will find a lot of fruits and vegetables, Juices and water. Egs, milk, yoghurt and cheese. And more delicious things.
TIB - If I gave you an elephant where would you hide it?
Benazir If you gave me an elephant I would be very proud to have such a beautiful creature. I won’t hide it at all! I am not sure though if an elephant can live happily here but I’m sure I can arrange a lovely place because we have almost the same weather conditions as in its original habitat. My grandmother loves elephants, so she would also be honored to have a real one in her backyard.
TIB - Before you meet your prince charming, you have to kiss a lot of frogs. Your comments?
Benaziir My aunt said that to me a few months ago and I understand what she means but I don’t think it’s necessary, because “Prince charming” doesn’t exists. So just follow your intuitive feelings, listen to your heart, and give it a try when you meet a frog, but don’t forget.. it won’t change in a prince but together you can make it as perfect as you choose for it to be and remember: Nothing last forever, so enjoy every moment in a positive way.
TIB - (Last question) What special message do you have for your fans, and to all people around the world?
Benaziir I am just a girl with big dreams, and I’m sure I am not the only one in this world. But no Matter what you go through or which obstacles comes along the road keep your eyes on your goals and dreams.
I appreciate all the ones who were and are there for me, and all the fans from around the world that I don’t even know but are rooting for me. Big warm hugs and kisses from Bonaire !
photo credits: Benaziir B. Charles (Miss Universe Bonaire 2011)