Miss Russia Anna Malova
A: I credit my father with having a very significant influence on my life. He taught me to have the freedom to dream and to pursue goals, and how to be strong and determined. I always feel his power around me and that is a continuous source of confidence.
Q: What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than representing your country in this pageant)?
A: I think it's the charity work I have done as Miss Russia. As a doctor of general medicine, I have been able to donate my time to medical clinics, examining orphaned children and the elderly. I've also been able to participate in efforts to collect food and clothes for the needy.
Q: What is your most treasured possession? Why?
A: I believe my most treasured possession is the education I have received and the knowledge that has come with it. It has provided me with a world outlook that includes giving my heart, soul, and spirit to those I encounter. It has allowed me to express myself and has given me the realization that I always want to grow and become wiser.
Q: What is your career ambition? What are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
A: Along with my career in medicine, I also want a career in communications. I'm working on a project in New York as a journalist for Russian television covering fashion, art, music, theater, the movie industry, and social life. It has given me the opportunity to show Russians what is going on in New York. If possible, I would like to combine my professional modeling with my other careers.
Q: What is the most important message or lesson someone in your unique position can convey?
A: I believe that the most important message I can convey is that all people should love each other. There is no point in being enemies and to hate and fight each other. I want the world to exist in peace and harmony.
Q: If you became MISS UNIVERSE and have a chance to represent the women of the world, what is the primary goal you would want to accomplish?
A: I actually have two goals. One is to focus on charity work, particularly as it applies to the elderly and underprivileged children. The second is to stress to all people that we must communicate and work together to maintain peace in the world.
Q: Have there been any professional and/or personal hardships that you have endured to reach where you are today?
A: Fortunately I have had no personal tragedies in my life, but I have sacrificed much of my personal life to my professional life.
Q: What question would you like to answer that you have never been asked? What is the answer?
A: No one has ever asked me whether I would like to travel to another world. I consider myself to be somewhat adventurous and the thought of meeting and communicating with aliens would be fascinating.
Q: We are approaching the millennium, a once-every-1000-year milestone. What do you think the role of women will be in the next century?
A: I believe women will take on a role virtually equal to that of men in the next millennium. We will see it in the business and political fields. Accordingly, I think we'll see more women becoming leaders in many aspects, becoming more independent and also better educated.
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