Beauties for a cause—that’s how you might describe the Miss Earth pageant. Every year beauty queens from around the globe aspire to win this largest beauty competition promoting environmental awareness. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to charitable activities, addressing specific issues. But that’s not enough for Lisa Xiang, the reigning Miss Earth China of 2013. Few years after the competition, she still continues to be a role model, inspiring people to cultivate environmentally conscious habits and supporting charitable activities. She shares with The Maker a few startling confessions and how things have changed after the pageant.
Q: What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of being the MissEarth?
A: First, life has become much more colourful since rewarded the MissEarth. It give me the chance to try more meaningful and interesting things. I was a student and also a journalist before, and the reward gave me another appellation along with a lot of opportunities to take part in some international activities. I also invited by plenty of organizations and countries to join in some activities. In other words, it open a window for me.
Second, it help me to enhance self-confidence. When I was in school, I always got a good grade, so I was a very confident student. However, the work and duty of MissEarth have practiced me a lot in communicating with others and organizing activities. I even improved a lot in English through the MissEarth. I am probably a lively girl. I believe that challenges will inspire my potential and improve every aspects of myself.
Finally, it improved my anti-pressure ability. Sometimes I need to do a lot of things at the same time, such as studying, working, participating in the activities of MissEarth. Besides all the busy, I must learn to deal with the doubt and slander others shows on you. Although it may be tough, it really make me strong to come over all the difficulties.
Q: Which field did you channel your energy into recently?Is there any new project that you want to do?
A: In January, I was busy organizing an competition called EO GSEA. It is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards to encourage students to be more interested in starting a business and help them to start their business. I was the winner of that competition last year and I also was the first Chinese competitor taking part in the competition. To let more Chinese students join in the meaningful activity and let them benefit from it, I decided to organized the GSEA of China Competition.
The process was tough but meaningful. I got a lot of support from others, especially form an organization called EO. There were huge numbers of detail and small things that I needed to do, which was quite different from the work of MissEarth. For example, I ordered the cups and printed the files all by myself. However, when you saw the perfect ending, all the efforts became worthy.
For the second question, because I have been working in the field of media for many years, I am familiar with brand media. So I have been trying to become a film producer recently.
Q: What would you suggest to our readers to keep a joyful life and mind?
A: It is not easy to keep joyful for all the time because everyone has his own emotion. I was a Cancer girl and my mood always get ups and downs. However, there are always somethings can make you feel joyful in life. I have done a lot of charity work in these years, and I feel very lucky about my spiritual and material life. All the things I have are obtained step by step through my efforts, and I believe that live with the things come from your own efforts is always joyful.
A: 一月份，我正忙着组织EO GSEA的比赛。这是一个企业家组织的全球学生企业家奖，以鼓励学生更有兴趣创业，并且帮助他们创业。我是去年那场比赛的获胜者，我也是第一位中国竞争者参与这个竞赛。为了让更多的中国学生参加有意义的活动，并让他们从中受益，我决定组织GSEA的中国竞赛。