|Posted on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM|
BelTiFi: Please tell us a little about yourself.
Sophia Molieur: Je m’appelle Sophia Molieur and I am 19 years old. I am a strong independent woman and I love to think on my feet. In life, I feel as though we must all strive for creativity and finding the unique qualities in ourselves. In order for someone to love me, I must first love myself! I am currently going through obstacles or challenges that I know will help me figure out who I am, as well as progress as a person. In five years I will be 24 years old and I see myself with my masters in psychology. Hopefully, by the grace of God, I will be professionally acting, modeling and hosting my own show.
BTF: How can you explain a love for a country that isn't natively yours?
SM: :::Sings Ayiti Cherie by Jean Jacques Sauveur::: I have Haiti running through my veins. Even though I was not born there I will always have that connection.
BTF: What experiences have been instilled in you by the Haitian culture? Have they played a major role in the way you are now?
SM: The Haitian culture and the way I was raised are really like no other. Sometimes your parents have a bias mentality toward certain things and it is hard to get them out of that. Being a first generation Haitian- American it was definitely hard for me and my sister, Catheline, to do things at times. We never attended sleepovers or really hung out at our friends houses. When I was young I was sad but now that I’m older I see where my parents were coming from. We live in a crazy world and you never know what could happen so trust is a big factor. I am absolutely a strong and structured individual because of Haitian culture. I see things at all different angles and try to logically put everything in perspective.
BTF: How does it feel to be the winner of Miss Haiti 2011 for Brooklyn College? Do you look forward to passing off your crown? What characteristics will you look for in the next "Miss Haiti"?
SM: I am the fifth Miss Haiti and I guess we can say in my case the fifth time will be the charm. Miss Haiti was never crowned in the Miss Caribbean Pageant BUT this year all that will change. I am super confident in myself and only I know my true ability and potential. I am loving the title because I feel like I put a lot of effort and did new things to receive it. In 2012, I will definitely be ready though. The next Miss Haiti needs to bring it like it has never been brought before. Miss Haiti must have confidence and that is a key role in life. Without confidence no one will believe in you because you can’t even believe in yourself.
BTF: Why did you want to run for Miss Haiti? What did you believe set you apart from the others?
SM: I ran for Miss Haiti 2011 because it was a great opportunity for me to learn about Haitian culture and step out of my shell. I am not a shy person so speaking publicly and walking was not a problem. Haitian people are naturally charismatic and energetic, qualities that I love possessing. The other contestants really wanted to win but I feel as though I was a bit more creative. Yes, we all have beautiful smiles and bodies so then I say to myself “hmm I need to do something to pop and stand out!”
BTF: What goals and aspirations do you have in regards to your role in the re-building of Haiti?
SM: I really need to go to Haiti and create a plan of what I want to do. I want to build hotels, schools and anything else that can bring business to increase the economy. And also strong and warm structures for Haitian children to have fun and be themselves.
BTF: What are your views on the new president?
SM: Personally, when I heard Michel Martelly was running I was like wow. Martelly already has a reputation because he is a famous Haitian musician “Sweet Mickey.” Like the Obama campaign I am all for change. Automatically when people heard he was running they thought of only the negatives. Through Martelly’s music he has captured the hearts and souls of the Haitian people. Imagine what he can do now with his message!
BTF: Do you believe Haiti has a promising future?
SM: OF COURSE, I believe Haiti has a promising future, if I didn’t my title would be stripped away. On a more serious note, we must always remember Haitians are natural born leaders. We were the 1st black republic and no one can take that accomplishment away from us. At the moment we are suffering, but we fall down and we get up. After the devastation in January, we saw people putting their lives together because they believe they will have a promising future.
BTF: What do you think the youth, our generation, can do to improve Haiti's state?
SM: As soon as I read this question Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World" came to mind. I am Haiti, you are Haiti, and WE are Haiti. We are the ones to make a brighter day. January 1st, 1804 was a group effort. So now in 2011, more than 200 years later we must continue the work of our founding fathers, Toussaint L’Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
BTF: Define in your own words what Bel Ti Fi means to you.
SM: To me Bel Ti Fi means I have my head on my shoulders. It means I live above the influence and I am me. Yes, people may have opinions on my walk (too fast or slow), my hair (why did you go natural?) or how I speak BUT in reality I only aim to please the person staring in the mirror (my reflection). Bel Ti Fi means that yes I am human but I understand I must never give up. Every day I remind myself that I am a golden child. I must not take my beauty and intelligence for granted. There is only one SOPHIA MOLIEUR in this world and I live for ME.