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Miss Mongolia takes two medals at Miss Earth 2015

By B.TUNGALAG

Miss Mongolia A.Bayartsetseg, who is representing her country at the Miss Earth 2015, has won two medals at the pageant.
A.Bayartsetseg won a gold medal in the evening gown competition on November 21 and a bronze medal in the cocktail wear competition on November 27.
The official Facebook page of Miss Earth Mongolia 2015 said on November 27, “Miss Mongolia won a bronze medal today in the cocktail wear competition, which is A.Bayartsetseg’s second medal from Miss Earth 2015. We are so proud of our team. We want to thank our amazing talented designer D.Otgonjargal, who made the dress I wore, and For Every Heart Beats for Mongolia NGO in Austria, which is helping us every single day. The eternal blue sky is blessing us.”
Miss A.Bayartsetseg, 24, is a model at Torgo Fashion Agency. Mongolian top models G.Urantsetseg and G.Oyungerel, known as Asian Queen among her fans, are A.Bayartsetseg’s teachers.
Miss Earth 2015, the 15th edition of the pageant, started on November 19 in Vienna, Austria, and the winner will be announced on December 5 at Marx Halle.
The pageant´s theme for this year is to promote ecotourism, which aims to raise awareness to tourists and travelers about ecological conservation, to directly contribute to economic development, and to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights.

Below is A.Bayartsetseg’s interview for Miss Earth 2015.

Describe your childhood years?

When I was younger, I thought that we all had a guardian angel. I believed that they worked through us all the time when we are good and kind. To me, my guardian angel was my grandfather. After he died when I was seven years old, I used to talk to him in the unlit bathroom of our home. I truly believed that he was there, listening to everything that I was saying. And I still do it now.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood?

One time I picked lots of flowers from a field for my mother to make her happy. But she didn’t look very happy and said, “That’s lovely, but those flowers had a mother just as you darling”. As she told me that, I learned that I could not just take everything as granted to me in life, and that kindness is not an appearance, but should be applied through my responsibility to think about others.

Any special facts or story about your family?

I saw that my family tree traces us back to Khasar, brother of Chinggis Khaan. The lineage is called the Golden lineage in Mongolia.

What is the most unusual thing you have ever done?

I slept on the Great Wall of China in a tent, and traveled through Asia and Europe with a backpack. I escaped from six muggers at night in Paris, quit my office job and went to the United States to pursue acting in Hollywood.

What is your most cherished moment?

I lived as a nomad in the wild steppe of Mongolia for two months with 2,000 animals to film a documentary film about saving cultural identity and connecting to Mother Nature from May to July 2015. There was a huge blizzard for many days, and wolves attacked our sheep. I needed to deliver a baby cow by myself and the mother died right after birth because of the harshness, and I became its mother. I named her Pinky.

What kind of environmental issues do you speak out on and why?

Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is among the top 10 cities with the worst air quality in the world during winter, primarily due to coal and wood burning for cooking and heating by households [in the ger district]. Air pollution causes respiratory diseases, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damages the brain, nerves, liver, kidneys and more. I am currently writing a documentary feature film about air pollution in Mongolia to spread the message to the public that we really need to take it seriously and find a solution urgently.

Tell us about your country?

The essence of the Mongolian people is their spiritual connection to the eternal blue sky. Life is hard in Mongolia, but nomadic herders survive in the steppes by worshiping Mother Earth. These brilliant nomads follow their herds from season to season, and animals orchestrate the rhythm of travel. Loving, caring and meaning it is synonymous with survival in the least populated country in the world.

What trivia about yourself would you like to share?

I have a non-biological sister. She is an orphan and was born in a prison. She never saw her father, and did not meet with her biological mother until she was 18 years old. I met with her when I was volunteering at Brothers-Sisters mentorship program three years ago, and I decided to mentor her. I spiritually adopted her as my younger sister and tried to be the best life coach to change her life. And it worked quite well. She is 19 years old now, studies law at university, and spends every celebration with my family.

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