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Yasmin Verheijen//Miss The Netherlands 2014//model//Designer at Yverin//Goddess.

 

You chose the Goddess as your Crown, can you tell us why?
I felt attracted to The Goddess because I think that this crown has a confident and serene appearance. 

 

You told us that Feminism is important to you, can you explain how this shows?
For me it is really important because I am a kind of person who wants to control my own life and would not let others deside for me, my mother taught me to be an independent woman.

 

Competing in a Miss pageant has a stigma of just being pretty. A lot about the outside. Can you explain how this feels? Do you feel to fight against these prejudices? 
The Miss Universe pageant is about beauty. But how I experienced it, is that they see beauty in the whole perspective. It is about the bigger picture, so they choose a girl who is the best role model inside and out. Her personality has dept and is clever, because she has to represent a lot of brands and above all her country.

 

What is your mission in life?
Honestly that's a very difficult question. I can only say that there are a lots of things I want to learn and become better in.

If I could go back in the time I would tell myself to be less insecure and be more comfortable in my own skin.
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Who inspires you to be a better version of yourself, Is there a woman who you would love to crown?
It sounds cliché but that's what I really feel. I would definitely crown my mother. She is my Queen! She is an independent strong lady. The person who will always be there for me no matter what. She is my mom and my best friend.

 

What has been your biggest life lesson so far?
My biggest lesson so far is to listen to my feelings, my voice inside and always be honest and true. 

THE MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT OF COURSE IS ABOUT BEAUTY. BUT HOW I EXPERIENCED IT IS THAT THEY SEE BEAUTY IN THE WHOLE PERSPECTIVE. IT IS ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE, SO THEY CHOOSE A GIRL WHO IS THE BEST ROLE MODEL INSIDE AND OUT.

If you could time travel and give young Yasmin a wise advice, what would it be?
I am still pretty young but if I could go back in the time I would tell myself to be less insecure and be more comfortable in my own skin.

 

You were enthusiastic when we asked you for this shoot, thanks a lot! How do you feel about Wild Monarchy and it's story?
We have a lot in common. As a designer I want women to feel beautiful and confident in my clothes and Wild Monarchy has the same empowering message but by wearing a crown, it feels like the icing on the cake! You want women to feel confident and to show who they are.
It's a big honor to represent that message. 

 

 All photos by  Hüsne Afsar  hair and make up by  Tineke van der Donk

All photos by Hüsne Afsar hair and make up by Tineke van der Donk

 

 

Nancy Steeman