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Ms. Ramona Amiri

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MISS WORLD CANADA: The Official Preliminary to MISS WORLD
www.missworldcanada.com, 2 Mar 2006 [cached]
Miss World Canada 2005, Ramona Amiri, is currently awaiting acceptance to Medical School while continuing work with her Children's Foundation. She made over 40 appearances across Canada during her reign, bringing nationwide exposure to our event. She received international attention when she placed among the top 12, among 106 delegates at the Miss World Contest in China. She was also a top 5 swimsuit finalist, and a top 5 talent finalist, WINNER of the Traditional dance category. Ramona continues to work with our organization in support of Rock Solid Foundation.
Washington Prism
english.washingtonprism.org, 15 Mar 2009 [cached]
Ramona Amiri, Miss World Canada 2005
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On December 10, 2005 Ramona Amiri, the Iranian-Canadian beauty, appeared in the Miss World Pageant in Sanya, China, to represent Canada in the competitions. Ms. Amiri, who finished among the top 12 contestants won the title for best traditional dance (Belly Dance), and was amongst the top five in the swimsuit competition. She was in China for almost one month, to compete against contestants from 125 countries. I met up with her before her departure to China. "Beauty with a purpose," is a phrase I had heard Ramona Amiri utter on a number of occasions, so I was intrigued to find out what exactly it meant to her. Apparently she does not believe that beauty has much impact on the eventual success (or failure) of an individual. "Maybe some people get a few breaks because they may have good looks, but ultimately what matters the most is what you do and how hard you work to achieve your success" said Ramona. Miss World Canada believes that if you are not beautiful, it does not mean you can not be successful. On the day when I met her for this interview, Ramona was listening attentively to each and every instruction offered by Bobby Ackbarali who was her coach for the upcoming international competition in China.
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Bobby, a Canadian fashion designer, has been working diligently with Ramona over the past few weeks.
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With a Persian mother and Assyrian father at home, Ramona learned to speak Farsi and Assyrian as well as French, English and some Spanish in her spare time. Her family has also been an inspiration behind her many hours of volunteer work with the elderly at the Vancouver General Hospital as well as with the Mesopotamian Cultural Society of BC during her studies at UBC. In fact, the impact of her family on her life has led to her desire of "definitely" finding a balance between her career and family life in the future. "I personally want a career and will be there for my children and the family" is what she stresses without a moment's hesitation. Talking about the importance and values of a good family, Ramona's minder, Caroline Frolic, believes that the most notable similarity between Ramona and Nazanin Afshin Jam (the Iranian-Canadian who was crowned Miss World Canada in 2003) is that they both come from closely knit families. Ramona stayed with Caroline while staying in Toronto. Caroline herself was a competitor in the pageant a few years ago and she now is the director of the competition, a duty she carries along with her other role as the vice President for Public Affairs of the Miss World Canada Contest.
Ramona believes the best thing she has done since being crowned is working towards making her own foundation - Ramona Amiri Charity Foundation- to raise money for different children's charities. She has already done a lot of fundraising and has appeared in a number of such events. Ramona wants me to know that Miss World is very different from Miss Universe competition. She says that the Miss World competition is less about superficial beauty and modeling contest, and more about her favorite phrase, "beauty with a purpose" where the winners can use their status for humanitarian and charitable causes. There is also the matter of importance and size that differentiates between the two global competitions. 120 nations entered the 2005 Miss World competition, while only about 84 countries participated in the rival event. Ramona believes that she probably would not have had as much opportunities as she does in Canada, had her parents not immigrated to this country. She attributes this belief to what she sees or does not see, such as freedom of speech and human rights, in Iran. Iran, the birthplace of her parents, pulled out of these types of competitions after the 1979 Revolution. The consequent Islamic regime which came to power regards such exhibits deviant, degrading to women and essentially anti Islamic. However, in recent years there has been some talk about conducting an Islamic version of these competitions, with Iran as one of the participants. Although it is not likely that there would be a swimsuit competition in the proposed Islamic events, Ramona guesses that they "would look for somebody kind and caring who helps others and has good education, comes from a good family and has good morals." Ramona was crowned Miss World Canada in July 2005 from among 30 contestants in Toronto. She is caring, articulate, kind, bright, confident, and beautiful. Her hobbies include belly dancing, cooking, reading, piano, and riding her motorcycle. Her sporting interests are: ice hockey, volleyball, badminton, swimming, and hiking. Since her father's roots are in Uromieh, in the North Eastern state of Azerbaijan in Iran, she would love to visit this magical region, which has been traced back to biblical times.
Assyrian - AssyrianWorld.com
www.assyrianworld.com, 30 Oct 2004 [cached]
RAMONA AMIRI - Miss World Canada 2005, 07-21-2005
Washington Prism
www.washingtonprism.org, 16 Mar 2006 [cached]
Ramona Amiri, Miss World Canada 2005
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On December 10, 2005 Ramona Amiri, the Iranian-Canadian beauty, appeared in the Miss World Pageant in Sanya, China, to representCanada in the competitions.Ms. Amiri, who finished among the top 12 contestants won the title for best traditional dance (Belly Dance), and was amongst the top five in the swimsuit competition.She was in China for almost one month, to compete against contestants from 125 countries. I met up with her before her departure to China."Beauty with a purpose," is a phrase I had heard Ramona Amiri utter on a number of occasions, so I was intrigued to find out what exactly it meant to her.Apparently she does not believe that beauty has much impact on the eventual success (or failure) of an individual."Maybe some people get a few breaks because they may have good looks, but ultimately what matters the most is what you do and how hard you work to achieve your success" said Ramona.Miss World Canada believes that if you are not beautiful, it does not mean you can not be successful.On the day when I met her for this interview, Ramona was listening attentively to each and every instruction offered by Bobby Ackbarali who was her coach for the upcoming international competition in China.
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Bobby, a Canadian fashion designer, has been working diligently with Ramona over the past few weeks.
...
With a Persian mother and Assyrian father at home, Ramona learned to speak Farsi and Assyrian as well as French, English and some Spanish in her spare time.Her family has also been an inspiration behind her many hours of volunteer work with the elderly at the Vancouver General Hospital as well as with the Mesopotamian Cultural Society of BC during her studies at UBC. In fact, the impact of her family on her life has led to her desire of "definitely" finding a balance between her career and family life in the future."I personally want a career and will be there for my children and the family" is what she stresses without a moment's hesitation.Talking about the importance and values of a good family, Ramona's minder, Caroline Frolic, believes that the most notable similarity between Ramona and Nazanin Afshin Jam (the Iranian-Canadian who was crowned Miss World Canada in 2003) is that they both come from closely knit families.Ramona stayed with Caroline while staying in Toronto. Caroline herself was a competitor in the pageant a few years ago and she now is the director of the competition, a duty she carries along with her other role as the vice President for Public Affairs of the Miss World Canada Contest.
Ramona believes the best thing she has done since being crowned is working towards making her own foundation - Ramona Amiri Charity Foundation- to raise money for different children's charities.She has already done a lot of fundraising and has appeared in a number of such events. Ramona wants me to know that Miss World is very different from Miss Universe competition.She says that the Miss World competition is less about superficial beauty and modeling contest, and more about her favorite phrase, "beauty with a purpose" where the winners can use their status for humanitarian and charitable causes.There is also the matter of importance and size that differentiates between the two global competitions.120 nations entered the 2005 Miss World competition, while only about 84 countries participated in the rival event.Ramona believes that she probably would not have had as much opportunities as she does in Canada, had her parents not immigrated to this country.She attributes this belief to what she sees or does not see, such as freedom of speech and human rights, in Iran. Iran, the birthplace of her parents, pulled out of these types of competitions after the 1979 Revolution.The consequent Islamic regime which came to power regards such exhibits deviant, degrading to women and essentially anti Islamic.However, in recent years there has been some talk about conducting an Islamic version of these competitions, with Iran as one of the participants.Although it is not likely that there would be a swimsuit competition in the proposed Islamic events, Ramona guesses that they "would look for somebody kind and caring who helps others and has good education, comes from a good family and has good morals." Ramona was crowned Miss World Canada in July 2005 from among 30 contestants in Toronto.She is caring, articulate, kind, bright, confident, and beautiful. Her hobbies include belly dancing, cooking, reading, piano, and riding her motorcycle.Her sporting interests are: ice hockey, volleyball, badminton, swimming, and hiking. Since her father's roots are in Uromieh, in the North Eastern state of Azerbaijan in Iran, she would love to visit this magical region, which has been traced back to biblical times.
MISS WORLD CANADA: The Official Preliminary to MISS WORLD
www.missworldcanada.com, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
L-R Christina Walls, Fanny Samaniego, Ramona Amiri, Jenna-Lee Creelman, Jennifer Schott
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Miss World Canada 2005: Ramona Amiri (Vancouver)
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Ramona Amiri (Vancouver)
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Fiorio Woman of Style Award: Ramona Amiri (Vancouver)
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Ramona Amiri (Vancouver)
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