Shimara Jap is no stranger in the pageant world. In 2018 she represented Suriname, where she was living then, in Miss Supranational. Now living in the Netherlands she is hoping to represent her birth country in a grand slam pageant.
Shimara is one of the 8 women in the 12 Months of Beauty pageant THE SEARCH 22
Shimara Jap, 27 years of age born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and raised in Paramaribo, Suriname is a smalltown girl with big dreams and ambitions. Shimara has passion for music, nature, art, sports, and fashion. Furthermore, she works as a sales representative at a construction company while studying built environment and has a career in Dj-ing and modeling. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new food, and going on adventures. Being creative by vlogging and blogging about her experiences on social media is one of her many hobbies. Shimara is described as a very caring person with great determination to achieve all her endeavors.
My motto “Chase your dreams and goals, become the best version of you, be grateful and live life to the fullest because you only live once!”
Why did you enter the pageant of 12 Months of Beauty?
My goal is to keep improving and becoming the best version of myself. I have competed in other pageants before, and I just love being able to grow and learn so much during every pageant’s journey. 12 Months of Beauty has given me another opportunity to represent my platform and influence and motivate the people around me. Competing in this pageant is the perfect challenge for me as it gives me this amazing drive and energy!
What difference would you like to make for the pageant world in the Netherlands and why?
The pageant world has changed quite a bit in the past decade. I would like to see more diversity in the concept of a “Beauty” Pageant because beauty is not only seen on the outside. During the Corona pandemic we have seen how creative we can be and this lets us see more of the inner beauty of people. I would like to see more of this! Furthermore I would also like to see more diversity in culture and standards. The Netherlands is a big melting pot and that’s why I would like to influence people to get out of their comfort zone. We all represent the Netherlands and the pageant world is for all of us!
What message do you have for your pageant fans?
My message to my pageant fans and the world: You are unique in every way and you deserve to be happy, healthy, loved and successful. I believe you can achieve anything with hard work, determination, mindset and willpower. Life is short, don’t just exist, Live!
Photographer Johnny ten Have
Hair by Sanjay Ramcharan for Addict Haarlem
Make up by Seductive Glamor