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
So, meet Miss Malaysia 2013, Ananya Mai…
WM: “Please introduce yourself and tell us about your personality and tell us why you entered MVW 2013.”
AM: “I first landed in SL on the 26th day of April 2008. For a year, I pretty much cruised sims, floated around as a fairy and pretty much bought the shapes and skins of many different sizes shapes and species.
Some of my hobbies are catching up with friends, visiting beautiful sims, getting my photo taken. shopping, hunts, SL surfing, and meeting new people.”
I love the fashion industry in SL. It blows me away, every time I check the fashion blogs or tp into one of my favourite stores or a newly discovered store I get butterflies. The feel of the outfits, the movement of the pieces really takes me to another place. I love and respect all SL creators.. all them.. that includes those that don’t create objects.. every person that contribute to this amazing SL experience has my vote!! I have been a full-time professionally trained model since late 2009 and show producer since 2010. I have had the pleasure in walking and producing many runway shows, and also print work and film/video.
I was born in Australia but have a Malaysian background. I have a pretty easy-going personality! I find it very easy to love people and see the best in them. I am also very driven, ambitious, goal setting, passionate and loves to have a laugh! I find that in a world where you can FLY why not give it all a go! Set some goals and grab them!
WM: “What do you think will be the best thing about taking part in this contest? What do you think will be the worst?”
AM: “Well I am still on a complete high from even being selected as an official candidate so at this most, the best thing so far is the honour and privilege to even be part of this beautiful contest. I am super excited about seeing the amazing designs of our wonderful designers, the mix and matches, getting to meet the other contestants and organisers. It is just a wonderful family feel here! The other contestants have already messaged me and they are all so welcoming and warm.
While I haven’t checked the schedule, I dare say the worst thing may possibly be my time zone hehe, I am 15 hours ahead of SL! I really do see the puppeteer getting massive bags under the eyes and sleep.. maybe rare thing hehe, but to be able to among the life and activity of the contest it is so going to be well worth it!”
WM: “Some anonymous people say this competition is rigged. What are your thoughts on this?”
AM: “I believe that in most competitions, there will always be an element of “anonymous” people that will make these kinds of statements. My thoughts are this, that those “thoughts” belongs to those “anonymous” people and have neither bearing nor weight on my views and my thoughts on this incredible contest. To demonstrate the integrity of the contest, Mr Frolic Mills changed the way the auditions were undertaken this year to ensure a more transparent and more vigorous assessment of hopeful candidates.”
In my opinion the proof is the pudding! Every single Miss Virtual World has been the pillar of society, charitable, fashion loving, warm, kind and loving individuals. All of which have contributed to this amazing community.
WM: “What qualities do you have that make you the perfect MISS VIRTUAL WORLD?”
AM: “I believe that MISS VIRTUAL WORLD has a profound effect on the SL fashion community. To me, sustaining, nurturing and supporting this community are paramount. For example, picture a beautiful mansion, equipped with all the fruit and luxury items however.. also imagine that venue without people ..it is really just empty infrastructure. However, on the flip side, I have also seen places completely humble in design however filled with life and wonderful people! So to me, it’s the people who make it all worthwhile and a reason to return! We must always look after each other… we share the same community.
What I can say is that I am quite good at bringing people together from all over the world. My last event that I organised brought close to 100 people from all over the continent, inclusive of models, djs, dancers, designers, builders and other talented people to achieve a successful experience. I also have a charitable heart and I pay forward where I can. A practice I exercise in world and out. This can be done with the obvious act of financial donations; however there is a lot to be said about building awareness in the community and sharing knowledge. I always try to take it upon myself to help promote and participate in these activities (as long as they are lawful and comply with relevant legislation).
I also have an insatiable hunger for SL fashion! I have a very active blog and feed it often. I truly believe what good is it to have a virtual closet of amazing creations if they are not photographed or captured for the world to enjoy. Of course, each to their own but for me.. to be able to immortalize these designs, whether film or photos makes it.. very real to me. In addition, doing this always promotes the designers of SL as well and hopefully recruit new members to the community! A Fashion Feed that I found in 2009 is how I came to know and love this society.
I am also blessed with amazing networks and professional people who really do put up with my noobness (yes I am proud consumer of SL goods not creator). I have years of experience with working with a range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to get the best from them to achieve goals while building lifelong friendships.
As the prestigious title of MISS VIRTUAL WORLD carries a huge responsibility, I believe I have the necessary awareness, feet on ground mentality, passion, true love of SL Fashion and lifestyles, dedication and relevant experience to honor this title.”
WM: “What type of personality should never be chosen to win MISS VIRTUAL WORLD?”
AM: “Personalities that belong to people who are dishonest, false and wanting to use it as a platform for reasons other than wanting to improve the SL community.”
WM: “What do you hope to gain from your experience in MVW 2013?”
AM: “I am hoping to gain some amazing friendships and relationships, a more developed skill set in the art of SL fashion and interpretation, invaluable networks… absolutely great fashion fun times and really… just second LIFE changing moments. I believe every person that crosses your path, is an opportunity to learn something new and moulds you into a better human being. I have no doubts that at the end of this journey, I would have experiences many goose bumps, soul shifting moments <3″
WM: “How would winning this title change you?”
AM: “I foresee getting a lot busier! In terms of personality, I wouldn’t change. I know that getting better organized would be a must as there would be many responsibilities placed on this position and each must be honoured”