Height: 173 cm
"Respect water. Don't waste. Use wisely. Enjoy!"
Describe your childhood growing years:
I basically grew up in the lovely city of Vienna in Austria. Up to three months a year, I spent my time in Indonesia, China, or Australia, visiting my relatives. I enjoyed visiting different countries and I always took a lesson with me, even when I was young.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood?
The biggest lesson I've learned is – be kind to everyone, which includes humans, animals, and nature. I always looked different to others so I learned how much words can hurt. So when I was little, I decided, that I want to try not to hurt anyone or judge anyone. Treat others and the environment well and with respect. It's a simple lesson, but it carries me through life without enemies and without remorse. If everyone would keep this in mind, the world would definitely be a better one.
Any special facts or story about your family?
My father is half Indonesian, half Chinese and a small, Asian guy. He grew up in Indonesia. When my father was little, his only wish was going to Europe. It was in the 60s and his 18th birthday, when my grandfather gave my father a ticket to Germany. After visiting Germany, my father always wanted to see Vienna – because of its famous music. He liked Vienna that much, so he stayed and started studying medicine. While he was learning for his exams in the library, he met my mother. My mother is a tall, blonde Austrian from a farmer's family. She came to Vienna for her studies in Arts and Literature. So while spending their lunchtime together, they fell in love, although they are as different as different can be. And so here I am, all in between the European and the Asian cultures, trying to pick something from both.
What is the most unusual thing you have ever done?
While I was studying dentistry, I visited New York for some courses. In New York, I enjoyed going to those typical walk-in-service nail bars. When I came back to Austria, I realized that there is no nail bar with walk-in service. So I decided to take all my saved money and opened up a nail bar in Vienna's city center. In the evening, after taking care of my patients in the dental clinic, I went to a nail design course. In the summer of 2013, I opened up and it goes very well. It is unusual, because my friends and my colleagues in dentistry told me not to take the risk. People didn't take me seriously, people thought I'm crazy, people told me I should not do this. I believed in myself and I took the challenge. And I won. Now, my nail bar is Vienna's number one nail bar and I'm very proud of it.
What is your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was passing my final exams in dentistry this year. Right now, I'm writing on my doctor thesis. After seven years of studying, it felt like growing up in just a second, when my professor signed my certification. I worked very hard to reach this goal, so I was nearly crying because of happiness. From this moment, real life started and I decided to concentrate on charity. I signed up for Miss Earth Austria 2013 and another memorable moment was my winning. I wasn't prepared at all and didn't expect anything. I'm so glad of being Miss Earth Austria 2013, so I can share my medical knowledge and do good for other people and for the environment.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
WADI: Austria is world leader in knowledge on how to treat water. We also use this knowledge to develop products for the treatment of water in developing countries. One such example is the product WADI, which makes use of solar power to disinfect polluted water. With WADI, people can fight water scarcity by themselves. Because water should be a human right.
CARE ENERGY: Care Energy is the fastest growing brand on the German energy market. They provide their customers with 100% green energy preferred decentralized and help them through contracting in sustainable energy savings. I communicate the ideas from Care Energy about green energy, on how to use and save it.
Care Energy already helped the Philippines in Natawakan. They brought their system of green energy there. We are planning to expand this help!
What makes you proud of the country you are representing?I'm proud that Austria is one of the few countries in the world without nuclear power plants. Austria gains its energy from mostly regenerative sources, for example, through hydroelectric power stations, windmill-powered plants, and solar energy. This fact makes Austria a green country and outstanding at that.
Furthermore, Austria is one of the richest countries in water supplies. You can even get the best drinking water from the tab.
Austria is famous for its achievements in green economy and it’s known worldwide for its science efforts in green technologies.
Austria has always top-scored in listings concerning quality of life. Austria has a low rate of unemployment, a high level of security, and a very low air and water pollution. It is a wealthy country and people are throughout happy. What can you promote about your country?If you go to Austria, you have to see the mountains and go skiing. Austria has the most beautiful nature, especially in winter. Standing on a mountain, looking all over nature, you can enjoy pure silence and the freshest air you've ever breathed. It feels like being the only person in the world.
Although Austria is a very small country in the middle of Europe, it is well known for its culture. We're famous for our classical music (like Mozart), the concerts (like New Year's concert), the Viennese opera and our theater (Salzburg Festival). In Vienna, the capital of Austria, you can find historical architecture. If you walk through Vienna, you feel like walking through a museum.
Vienna is full of students from everywhere. So in the evening, you can join a Student-Salsa-Party and then head to an electronics festival and afterwards end up at a classical ball in a historical building.