They belonged advance is not among the favorites. In fact, Antwerp was not immediately between a number of ladies with very distinct looks or special ambitions. But still, it was the 18-year-old daughter of a Spanish father and a Flemish mother Saturday in the Plopsa Theater in De Panne voted as the most beautiful girl of our country. And thus, she is already the sixth Flemish Miss Belgium in a row. "I can barely believe it," she said in tears after her victory. Also earlier in the show was there when Elena, a tear. "I had made a mistake during the badpakkendefilé and thought that misstep was with me necks. Then afterwards, I put my family in the room was sitting, I could not my tears, not content. Apparently no one has that error noted - fortunately. (laughs) I really have given everything what I have in me during the show, but also in the months in advance. So I organized a brunch for a good cause. All my time went into this election. I even have no friend, so that I could fully focus on Miss Belgium. And it has clearly helped."Photo with gun
As a little girl dreamed of Elena all of the crown, but that dream became even stronger when she was five years ago, had to deal with harassment. "The secondary was the hardest year of my life. Suddenly ignoring me at school and I was excluded. On social media went even so far that the bullies a photo of me as a flamenco dancer had put a gun there. Very, very, very violently. I was really threatened, I have a lot of scared," she says. Why they become a target of bullying, know they still don't. "There was no reason, besides, there is never a reason. On my 13th, I am at Popkidz entered a dance and singing group of five called the Universal that we have encountered, amongst other things, on Ment TV, VTMKZOOM and the summer tour of Disney Channel. And I danced since my fourth flamenco, not really everyday. I was happy in the foreground, perhaps could be the bullies out there not to deal with it. I will never know." How the harassment stopped? "Of school change. I have my school year yet, but afterwards I went to a different school and there I was well received and surrounded."
You might expect that Elena is today - with the most coveted crown of 't land on her head - a clear message for those bullies of the past. But nothing is less true: "I have nothing to say, I have that chapter closed completely." The new Miss Belgium is so clearly firmly in her shoes, despite her very young age. "I believe in myself and that I will always continue to do so. As Miss Belgium if I want to give a message to other young girls: always believe in yourself, no matter what."break from studying
Elena gives careful that that a difficult year with her perhaps in the direction of justice has pushed. Because in september, she started with the training Practice. "I want the prosecutor or the criminal investigation department of the police work," she says. "But now, I put my studies a year on pause, because I am full of my days as Miss Belgium wants to enjoy and our country want to represent. I want as much as possible for 'Hope for the Children, the charity that we at Miss Belgium support. For the finale, I already have 3,000 euro can collect and I hope amount have to get up."
The only that this year will not be so easy as to is the annual visit of the family Castro Suarez - Elena has three older brothers - to their family in Spain. Elena's papa Gregorio was born and raised in Gijón in Asturias, in the north of Spain. "My grandmother - she could not be there due to knee surgery - and dad's brother still live in Spain. So, We will a hole need to find in the busy schedule of Miss Belgium. (laughs) I speak fluent Spanish and I love the sunny weather, but I would not be able to attend," says Elena. "Belgium is my home."Grandfather zapping away during announcement
"Surprise: you participate in Miss Belgium." As mama Agnes Elena is not secretly had registered for the beauty contest, the crown now do not excel at them at home on the Left bank. "Elena has sometimes a little extra push in the back", winking her mother. "They wanted to participate, but wondered if they are any better for another year, would wait. But my dad is at the end of this month 90. How nice would it be if he had his granddaughter Miss Belgium to see on such a special birthday? He is also younger, a year wait then a risk." Elena's grandfather followed the election on Saturday night television. "But when she eredames revealed and Elena is not there turned out to be, he turned on the tv. "Unfortunately, then it will stop for us, Elena," he said. But the best was yet to come," beams Agnes proud.