October 10, 2016 12:00 AM | by The Fustany Team
Mrs. Mexico Universal 2016 Talks to Us About Her Journey to Support Woman
Yezenia Navvaro, Mrs. Mexico Universal 2016, was in a recent visit to the land of Egypt, on a mission to tell and show the world the beauty of the country. We had the pleasure to have a little chat with Yezenia, the truly beautiful inside out woman, and we know that you'll get inspired after reading her thoughts. Just like many other women, she's a multi-tasker who's out and about accomplishing her goals and making her dreams come true! Read on to know more about her.
Yezenia, please introduce yourself.
My name is Yezenia Navvaro, I am Mexican living in Qatar for the past 5 years, with my husband and 3 sons. I am proudly Mrs. Mexico Universal 2016/2017, and Mrs. UN Ambassador 2015. I am also a keen dancer, an actress and model. In 2014, I have founded ‘Queens without Scars’, a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women.
Tell us about your experience at Mrs. Mexico Universal 2016 pageant. It must have been so exciting that you won!
The feeling is indescribable but I have to admit that I am extremely proud to have won this title. I love winning but it is never my goal when I compete. What I love the most is that in each pageant I make new friends from all over the world, and use the pageant as a platform to spread the message against violence against women and to invite all smart beautiful amazing ladies to support the cause.
You’re a wife, a mum, a model and a dancer! What’s a normal day in your life like?
It is challenging but worth the hassle. I have so much passion in what I do and hence I enjoy every bit of it. I am also a strong believer of women empowerment so I am always keen on doing more than what I do.
Now that you’re crowned Mrs. Mexico Universal 2016, what are your ambitions and plans?
For me, women empowerment is a key-chain to have a sustainable development. If we have more women involved in politics, medicine, education, etc., we will have a more stable country. Also, education of girls in early ages is an important factor to fight against violence to women, girls and domestic violence.
You’re the founder of “Queens without Scars.” Tell us more about it, and what motivated you to establish it?
I started in 2014 after the confession of a close friend who has been suffering violence in her own house, I started it in only one country, and now it is there in 16 countries with ambassadors.
Women fight to become queens without scars, which is why I decided to fight for them. Makeup was only made to exalt the beauty and correct small imperfections, not to hide the pain, or cover fear. That is where the foundation comes in action. We raise awareness, we give workshops, we let people find a community to share the experience and accordingly empower women. Because women have proven to be successful wherever they land, they deserve all the possible support.
You’ve been on a recent trip to Egypt! Share with us your travel diary…
I was invited by IBIS - International Business & Investment Services, in collaboration with the Egyptian Tourism Authority to come visit Egypt, support Egyptian tourism and show the entire world how beautiful and safe a trip to Egypt can be.
I loved every bit of it, I heard Egypt is nice but I can now safely say it is heaven. I also didn’t think it is that modernized. I have been lucky to visit the pyramids, Luxor and Sahl Hasheesh as outstanding destinations that I would always want to visit back. I also visited places like Magdy Yacoub foundation, 53753 Cancer Hospital and many other orphanages on the way, only to get inspired with what they do and showcase their amazing efforts.
Travelling around the world certainly teaches a lot, what’s something you’ve learnt during your Egypt trip?
Never trust media in the way they portray countries; like for example Mexico always stand for the tacos, the spicy food - well, this is part of it but not all. Same with Egypt, where people think about it as the country of civilizations but actually it is way more modern than I imagined it to be. I also found a lot of similarity between Mexico and Egypt in the pace and style of life.
Have you been introduced to any Egyptian fashion designers? Who are your favorites?
Yes, I was introduced to the unique designer Sami Amin, and I loved the designs. I was proud to wear some of his pieces and I believe the brand has potential on an international level. I also wore Baheeg Hussein Couture, which is another lovely Egyptian brand. What I found common was the beauty of the designs and the fine quality of work that reflects the charming experience I witnessed during my stay in Egypt.
Is there any message you’d like to dedicate to women worldwide?
In all societies, women have always been inferior to men in many ways, which is in itself hurtful. Just the mere thought that women are sometimes looked at as an object and not a human being breaks my heart. Unfortunately, this is not only imposed by the society, but there are also women who lend themselves to that. We must take the bad experiences and falls in our lives and rise with courage - stronger and smarter. We have to use those bad experiences for our future, perhaps to help someone in need. Small changes can make a big difference.
Makeup artist: @aemakeapp