“I volunteer for a range of charities at the moment. I help a homeless charity at home, in Leicester, for which I regularly take supplies like socks/underwear/clothes/food as well as linking the charity with various local cafes to make sure the unused food doesn’t go to waste. I also donate food and funds to a local dog rescue centre! As MUGB I have become heavily involved with Stop Acid Attacks in India who have Sheroes Hangout in various locations. They not only cover healthcare costs for the victims of acid attacks, they lobby government for a change in law in the sale of acid and the punishments for carrying out these attacks but most importantly, they offer the survivors work in their cafes which helps them build their confidence, get back into society and make friends!”
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen, Anna Maria Miss Universe Great Britain.
Full name: Anna Maria Burdzy
Title/Year: Miss Universe Great Britain 2017
Pageant System: Miss Universe
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Hobbies: Travelling, baking and reading
Platform: Education for girls
Years competed: In 2014 I placed 1st Runner-Up, 2015 I was unplaced before finally winning in 2017
Countries visited: Italy, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Malta, Israel, Cuba, USA, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India
Likes: Animals, Learning, Food
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am 25 years old and from Leicester in England. I have a Law Degree which I completed in 2013 and I am currently doing a Master’s in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham. I aim to work for the UN after completing my Masters and hope to one day start my own charity providing education for girls all around the world. At the same time, I am a huge animal lover and so ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to have my own animal sanctuary. In a few years time, after I have gained valuable life experience I will return to do a PhD in Law, as I think Dr Burdzy has a nice sound to it! In the meantime, I am currently modelling and hold the Miss Universe Great Britain 2017 title. I’m a loving, family-orientated girl who works really hard to achieve what I want and I am lucky enough to be living out my dreams.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I first entered Miss Universe Great Britain in 2014 on a whim. I didn’t expect to become a finalist but I managed to place 1st runner-up. I loved the MUGB system so much that I didn’t want to try any other, so I entered again in 2015 where I didn’t place, I then took a year out to work on myself and came back and won the crown in 2017.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I followed Amy Willerton’s journey in 2013 and she really inspired me to go for it. I had just graduated from University and wanted to have some fun for a few months before going into full-time work.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I always want to do the best and Miss Universe is the best! ‘Go big or go home’ I always say.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
To all of those who believe it is just about looks, fortunately, you are mistaken! Yes, you have to be physically appealing but the girls who take part have so much more than that. They are intelligent, fun, outgoing and hard-working girls who want to make their mark on the world and help others around them. At MUGB we take part in an empowerment day that teaches us valuable life lessons and we also raise a LOT of money for charity which does so much good.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
At Miss Universe, the interview round counts for 60% of your final mark which just shows that Miss Universe is looking for the right girl from within, and not just the most beautiful girl. There is then a bikini round followed by an evening gown round on stage.
World Class Beauty Queens: How was your experience during the competition.
I competed three times and every year just gets better. At the empowerment day we have the opportunity to work on ourselves and our confidence, which are life lessons we take away with us to use even after the competition. I always make the best of friends with the girls and always just have so much fun!
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I volunteer for a range of charities at the moment. I help a homeless charity at home, in Leicester, for which I regularly take supplies like socks/underwear/clothes/food as well as linking the charity with various local cafes to make sure the unused food doesn’t go to waste. I also donate food and funds to a local dog rescue centre! As MUGB I have become heavily involved with Stop Acid Attacks in India who have Sheroes Hangout in various locations. They not only cover healthcare costs for the victims of acid attacks, they lobby government for a change in law in the sale of acid and the punishments for carrying out these attacks but most importantly, they offer the survivors work in their cafes which helps them build their confidence, get back into society and make friends! An incredible cause I will be working very closely with. I have already pledged to fund a 7-year-old survivors education, as education to me is extremely important in order to give everyone an equal footing in life. This is the direction I will be working toward with my charity work, for education for girls all around the word.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have been to film premiers, visited local businesses, dinners and flown to India and the Philippines. I will also be flying to Bulgaria for a ball.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of you achievements?
Obtaining my law degree and becoming Miss Universe GB!
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your onstage strategy to win the judges over?
I think just always be true to yourself and have fun.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
We are all different in our own ways, as long as you remain grounded and yourself then the judges will know you fully.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did it feel to hear your name as the winner?
An indescribable moment!! Years of work culminated in that moment and I was just so happy, and shocked.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
It means a lot as I can use my title as a platform to raise awareness to certain issues, and also to inspire other girls.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It helped me learn exactly who I am and it allowed me to follow my dreams rather than follow the norms of society.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It’s a privilege – I just hope all girls know that if they ever need any advice from me, they can always feel free to contact me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What have you learned from practicing your walk.
No pain no gain! Haha! Mastering the perfect walk requires a lot of hard work and discipline, it certainly is no joke.
World Class Beauty Queens: What have you learned from choosing the dress for the competition?
It has been very fun and exciting choosing my final gowns. I can’t wait to see them completely finished!
World Class Beauty Queens: What have you learned from the interview portion of the competition?
That you really, really have to know yourself. Also for girls looking to compete in the future, it is so important to have life experience and interests outside of pageants. That makes you grow as a person and you can then bring a lot more to the competition.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2018 as a Queen?
I want to return to India to work with Stop Acid Attacks for a longer period of time. I also want to spend more time at Wildlife SOS who rescue elephants and bears and keep them in their sanctuaries. I want to travel more and work on establishing my platform!
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I thoroughly believe that you have two hands; one to help yourself and one to help others. Even if I can help one other person in my reign then it will all be worth it. I also hope to inspire other girls to enter MUGB.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Anna Maria Miss Universe Great Britain for this wonderful interview.
Owner/Editor in Chief Derek Tokarzewski