Miss Spain 2008

A couple of weeks ago she was crowned ‘Miss España 2008’, at just 17. Four days later, she turned 18, and now Patricia Yurena Rodríguez, who hails from the village of Charco del Pino, in Tenerife, is trying to get used to her new status, and being apart from her family and friends.

Has it sunk in yet that you have been named Miss Spain 2008?
Yes, it has. I didn’t think I’d be able to cope with being away from my village and my family as well as I have, but I speak to them every day so I don’t feel as if they’re far away. The Miss Spain organisation is treating me very well too.

Was the competition the first beauty contest you’d taken part in?
No, it wasn’t. I took part in one in my village when I was 14.
And what encouraged you to enter into that contest?
It wasn’t really my decision. It was the ‘reina de las fiestas’ competition in my village, and the committee came to my house looking for me.

Are you a good student?
I’m currently in the second year of ‘Bachillerato’ (Spanish A Levels equivalent) so I’m going to try to combine my studies and my new role. I don’t get straight As, as they say, but I am doing well. However, I have to admit that I’m useless at maths. In the future I’d like to study business at university and one day set up my own company, perhaps in the fashion industry, as that is what I’m experiencing right now.

So you wouldn’t like to be a model or an actress?
If I get the opportunity to model temporarily, that would be great, and I will study acting too just to see what it’s like. I never dreamt of being a model or an actress when I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher or a doctor, and more recently, a businesswoman. I had thought of studying Fine Art too.

Do you like drawing?
I love it. Sometimes when I’m alone I draw. I also love reading; Cervantes’ finest novels such as ‘La Gitanilla’ really made an impact on me.

Do you have a boyfriend?
No I don’t, and I’ve never had one. Well, maybe there was a little romance in the past… I’m young, free and single and I’m not in any hurry to find a partner.

Does fame frighten you?
I respect the press a lot.

Do you have a lot of friends?
Yes, I have loads; I’m very sociable.

You are 1.79 metres (approximately five foot nine inches) tall. Has that ever been a problem for you?
Yes it has, especially when I was at school. I had a complex about it because all the boys were a lot shorter than me. I thought: “I’m never going to find a boyfriend”.

Are your looks sometimes a hindrance?
The only bad thing about being pretty is having to deal with some people’s jealousy. You have to try and not let it affect you though.

Source : SUR in English