Miss Trinidad & Tabago Wendy Fitzwilliam
A: My role model is Audrey Hepburn. Her extraordinary beauty and grace was reflected in all facets of her life. Ms. Hepburn was a good mother, always a lady, a pioneer in her support of UNICEF, and, of course, a superb actress.
Q: What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than representing your country in this pageant)?
A: Achieving my Bachelor of Law (LLB) was the most difficult task I have undertaken. First, being the only university in the West Indies, gaining entry into the law program was an achievement in itself. Completing the program successfully has been one of my major accomplishments thus far.
Q: What is your most treasured possession? Why?
A: It would have to be my soul. My soul allows me the ability to experience all that life has to offer. It allows me to see both the good and the not so good. It gives me the ability to positively guide my life and to make the decisions which will impact who and what I become.
Q: What is your career ambition? What are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
A: I would love to be a diplomatic representative of my country. Having studied international law and representing my country at the Miss Universe pageant provides a sound foundation to achieving this goal.
Q: What is the most important message or lesson someone in your unique position can convey?
A: I recognize that this unique position allows me the platform from which I can obtain people's regard. Though I do not have one important message or lesson to convey, one lesson I have learned is to teach good values by your example.
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: My goal would be to impress upon women by my example that their struggle should not be for superiority over men but for equality to fulfill our God-given task of bringing up children, the future of the human race, together.
Q: Have there been any professional and/or personal hardships that you have endured to reach where you are today?
A: Almost ten years ago, my parents ended their marriage quite turbulently. My mother's incredible ability to make my sister's life and my life secure and stable enables us to continue and pursue our dreams. Through her self-denial and commitment, I am here today.
Q: What question would you like to answer that you have never been asked? What is the answer?
A: "Has there ever been an event in your life that, had you been consulted prior to its occurrence, you felt that your opinion would have made a difference to its outcome?" My answer would be: "Like so many children of broken homes, my parents' separation at the time left me very perturbed because no explanation was proffered. Had my parents sat my sister and me down to reassure us of their love despite the separation, a lot of unnecessary pain could have been avoided."
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: One primary role of women in the next millennium is to re-educate men by impressing upon them the changed role of both sexes on the job, at home, and throughout every facet of life.