DELEGATES of Miss Tourism International (MTI) have had a great time so far in Malaysia with a cruise trip and a visit to Langkawi, among others.
With days to the World Final on New Year’s Eve, let’s get to know five more contestants.
Name: Jéssica Gabriela
Date of birth: July 6, 1994
Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Jéssica Gabriela Véliz González, who left for the United States as a young girl in search of a better life, is on track to achieving her dream of becoming a dietician.
“I want to become a dietician to help people live healthy lives, and I also have dreams of becoming a singer someday.
“I made the decision to take part in this pageant because I believe in what it stands for and I want to use this platform to become a voice to motivate others.”
She has never been to Malaysia and is excited as she learns new things and makes new friends.
Véliz loves singing and can play musical instruments by ear.
Name: Rashmi Rajput
Date of birth: March 26, 1989
Hometown: Mumbai, India
For Indian model Rashmi Rajput, a beauty queen is a symbol of courage and beauty.
“I want to inspire and motivate others and being in pageants such as Miss Tourism International enables me to do so.
“I am very happy to be in Malaysia for this pageant and I really look forward to exploring many different places and getting acquainted with local culture.”
In her leisure time, she enjoys playing basketball, travelling and listening to music.
Rashmi describes herself as someone who is happy-go-lucky and straightforward.
Name: Zane Dombrovska
Date of birth: Sept 21, 1993
Hometown: Madona, Latvia
Zane Dombrovska, who is studying European Business, hopes to be a successful entrepreneur someday.
“I love to travel and I think it is something people should do more often.
“It is the only way to get to know new people and cultures.”
She is looking forward to enjoying local cuisine, seeing new places and having meaningful exchanges with people from other cultures.
“Besides travelling, I enjoy snowboarding, reading and making jewellery,” she added.
Dombrovska describes herself as a laid-back person, terming herself ‘lazy’. She also likes dogs.
Name: Charina Maria
Date of birth: March 3, 1992
Hometown: Oldenzaal, Netherlands
Charina Bartels of the Netherlands is no stranger to the modelling industry and the stage, and hopes to do her country proud in the pageant.
“After being crowned Queen of the Netherlands this year, I was chosen to represent my country at Miss Tourism International,” she said.
Bartels runs a company that provides trained women for fashion modelling, promotional modelling and hospitality services, jobs that she does on a freelance basis.
“I am looking forward to getting to know the other delegates and share experiences.”
She describes herself as independent and good at dealing with stress, and enjoys going for walks, writing and sailing.
Uddima Oshadie De Silva
Date of birth: April 24, 1988
Hometown: Galle, Sri Lanka
“I decided to join Miss Tourism International because I like travelling and wanted to take this opportunity to represent my homeland, Sri Lanka,” said Madampege Uddima Oshadie De Silva.
She works as a model and actress, and has taken part in several pageants in both Sri Lanka and Italy, which is her current country of residence.
“I want to make use of this opportunity to learn about people from other countries and their cultures, .”
She loves dancing, playing with her pets and travelling, and wants to get involved in charity work.
De Silva also loves sweets and cannot sleep without her teddy bear.