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SINGAPORE
RUTH ISABELLE D'ALMEIDA

Age: 20
Height: 163 cm
Measurements: 22 in - 17 in - 24 in
Career / Education: Fine Arts Student

"I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has the potential to be beautiful. Every shape, size and feature that makes you who you are is beautiful."

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
Between the ages of 8-12 I took up Chinese dance as a cocurricular activity in primary school. When I entered secondary school, I shifted to drama. I enjoyed the performing arts as a form of self-expression. As a kid and even now, I always enjoyed being surrounded my greenery and appreciating my environment.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
I believe that there is no one identifiable moment. Memorable moments to me are achieving things that I never expected I would actually achieve. Big things like being one of the leads in my school musical, being a model, being Miss Earth Singapore Eco-Tourism 2019, and now Miss Earth Singapore 2021. I am deeply humbled and grateful for all these experiences. I have had my fair share of rejection and failure but it’s these moments of success that push me towards wanting to be the best version of myself. I am motivated to do more.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
My family is mixed. In local Singaporean terms, one could call us “Rojak”, which is a popular salad dish of Javanese origin. It is composed of a mixture of sliced fruit and vegetables served with a spicy palm sugar dressing. My father is a Singaporean Eurasian of Portuguese-Italian descent while my mother is a Filipina with Spanish and Chinese heritage.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I have ever done was acting as a male in a musical. I was casted to be Captain von Trapp in my secondary school’s production of The Sound of Music. This being an all-girls school, all the males were of course played by females.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
I am an advocate for sustainable living. I believe that every action or decision we make towards a better environment has an impact no matter how big or small. One small action multiplied by many will create change. We cannot do this alone, everyone has a part to play, after all nothing on the earth belongs to us- we are merely borrowing from mother nature.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
My first and foremost tip is to be aware of your impact. The journey towards sustainability is a long one and can seem rather daunting. Sustainable living does not happen overnight but once you are aware of your responsibility towards your environment, you can then treat it as you respectfully should. Read up, stay educated, stay woke.

My other tip is to live by the 5 Rs of waste management. I believe that waste is a wasted resource. We need to abide by Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle to curb climate change. Simple things like avoiding single-use disposable items, not littering, and taking public transport over private will keep our environment in pristine condition.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
I am proud of my country for its continuous efforts to push for greener and sustainable living. We still have so much more we can do but every policy implemented brings us a step closer to the future we want to achieve.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about my country is the ethnic diversity we have in Singapore. One of the key benefits of this is the cultural melting pot of food we have. Not only does this allow for appreciation of good food from various backgrounds, but this also gives way for opportunities of fusion.

WHAT TRIVIA ABOUT YOURSELF WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE?
I aspire to be an art therapist as I am concerned about mental health and wellness.

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