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Meet the official candidates for MVW 2013 – Miss Japan 2013 Shinobu Istmal

To get the candidates for Miss Virtual World 2013 known a bit better I asked all of them the same 7 questions. I thought to follow the challenge it is always great to know a bit about all the ladies before and see who you wanna give your love and support to ;)

The lovely Kay Fairey helped, to translate the japanese into english so we all can read the answers ;)

So, meet Miss Japan 2013, Shinobu Istmal…

WM: “Please introduce yourself and tell us about your personality and tell us why you entered MVW 2013.”
SI: “私は現実世界で長年焼き物制作に携わってきたプロの陶芸家です。ひょんなことがきっかけでSLという世界に身を置くことになり、しかもモデルという素晴らしい仕事に専念できることは素晴らしい喜びだと思っています。私は石ころ一つでも人の手が加わってできていることに大きな衝撃をうけました。SLは知れば知るほど面白く楽しい世界だとおもいます。私はおっちょこちょいで、今でも人様に迷惑をかけることが(たまに)あります。でも美に関してはオリジナルティを大切にし、いろんなファッションを楽しんでいます。
なぜエントリーしたかという質問に関して・・・・
MVWを知ったのはモデルになりはじめて駆け出しの頃でした。雲の上のお話のような気がしていたのですが、SL界で一番権威のあるコンテストということ、RLとのつながりも深いということで、自分でどこまでやれるか、挑戦してみたいと思いました。”                                                  (I am a ceramic art and ceramic wear creator in RL who somehow landed in SL and somehow ended up in an SL profession as a model and this has been my biggest joy.  When I came to SL, I was deeply impressed that even a tiny stone in SL had been created by somebody.  The more I know SL, the more I think this is a fun and exciting world.  I tend to be very goofy but when it comes to art and beauty, I value my sense of originality and I enjoy a wide variety of fashion.
So why did I enter?  I got to know of this pageant when I was still a very new model.  At that time, I thought it was something that was happening high above my head in some unreachable place.  But because it is the most prestigious contest in SL and because it is even related to RL to some degree, I want to try and see how far I can go.)

WM: “What do you think will be the best thing about taking part in this contest? What do you think will be the worst?”
SI: “私は多くの海外の素晴らしいモデルと競うことによってスキルアップは当然のこと、いろんな国の人とSLを分かち合いたいとおもっています。SLをしていなければおそらく知り合うこともなかったでしょう。私は多くの友人を得ています。
悪い点は・・・
中には友人であったひとがファイナリストになるならないで交流が無くなってしまったこと。”                                                                                       (I want to share my SL experience with people from different countries aside from, of course, improving my skills as a model.  I now have many wonderful friends who I would never have met if I hadn’t been in SL.
As for the bad part…I had lost connection with a good friend as a result of becoming a finalist.)

WM: “Some anonymous people say this competition is rigged. What are your thoughts on this?”
SI: “言いたいことがあればちゃんと向かい合って(名前を明かし)発言するべきです。仮名性が強い世界であればあるほど、小さな悪意が広まってしまうことは多々あります。でも、私の祖母の言葉の中に「人を呪わば穴二つ」ということを教えてもらった記憶があるのですが、人を呪うということは自分も呪われるということです。悪意で発言しているひとは神様がちゃんとご存知になっていて同じ罰を本人に与えます。だからだいじぶ。”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (I anybody has any gripes or complaints about the contest, they should voice it in an accountable way, meaning with their names disclosed.  In a world where it is easy to be anonymous, a small act of malicious will can spread to something much bigger.  My grand mother taught me many things and one of her teachings was “if you curse one, the hole will be two”.  This means, if you curse somebody, you will be cursed also.  God is always watching from above and will eventually punish those who use malicious words..  Kalma will always take its revenge.)

WM :”What qualities do you have that make you the perfect MISS VIRTUAL WORLD?”
SI: “SLとRLを繋ぐ役目が、わたしのどこかにあるのではないかと思った事が日本で起こったからです。
大きな地震で数え切れない人たちが亡くなり今も復旧が続いています。
親を亡くした子供たちや子供を失った大人に、すこしでも日々の生活に「現実世界だけではなクバーチャルの世界でも、みんなが日本を応援している」ということを知らせたいと思いました。”                                                                                                                                                              (I think I can become a perfect Miss because there was an incident that connected RL and SL happen recently in my life.  There was an enormous earthquake in Japan that killed tens of thousands of people.  We are still on the road to recovery but still far from it.  Many people lost their children and many children lost their parents.  I wanted to spread the word to these people that “even in a virtual world, many people from different countries are supporting Japan” and add a bit of hope to the hardship of their daily lives.)

WM: “What type of personality should never be chosen to win MISS VIRTUAL WORLD?”
SI: “人を陥れる人。自分さえよければいいと思う人。友達を大事にできないひとはどの世界でもうまくやれないと思います。”
(In any world, people who deceive or trap others, people who can only think of their own benefit and people who cannot care for their friends will not be able to be a good representative.)

WM: “What do you hope to gain from your experience in MVW 2013?”
SI: “私は支えてくれている多くの友人や新しく友人となったひとたちとMVWを楽しんでいきたいとおもっています。一人きりでは楽しめませんからねw。多くの友人ができることを望んでいます。”
(I want to enjoy my journey through MVW together with many friends I have who support me and also with new friends I made because there is really nothing you can enjoy alone.  So I wish to make many good friends.)

WM: “How would winning this title change you?”
SI: “きっと多くの人たちとのつながりが出来て、
ますますSLが深いものになっていくとおもいます。その中で素晴らしい人たちの出会いや出来事で”私”を高めていける世界が待っていると思います。”                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (I believe this title will open a path for me to make many new friends and I believe SL will become something with a much deeper meaning for me.  And I believe a world will await me where I can bring myself to higher levels as my journey will take me to an environment filled with many wonderful encounters and wonderful events.)

Currently there are "9 comments" on this Article:

  1. Elettra Gausman says:

    Good luck, hun!

  2. Ananya Mai says:

    Stunning! Congratulations! <3

  3. Sessie16 says:

    Good Luck, You look beautiful <3

  4. Sessie16 says:

    Good Luck <3 Cant wait to meet you xx

  5. Lolita Paragorn says:

    Nice words, félicitations Miss Virtual Japan !!! Congrats !!

  6. Irina Strazytski says:

    Beautiful interview, Shinobu! *hugs* :)

  7. Celestial Lunasea says:

    Congrats again and I look foward to getting to know you better!!

  8. Anigma says:

    Lovely responses, Shinobu! You represent your country and Finesmith very well! I look forward to being in the competition with you.

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