- Miss Malaysia
Miss Malaysia represents Malaysia in two of the major international pageants.
Miss World is a beauty pageant created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951 and since 2000, Morley's wife, Julia Morley, co-chairs the pageant.
The winners of the national pageants are selected at different competitions as each is owned by a different organization. Usually, the Miss Malaysia Universe pageant is held earlier to coincide with the Miss Universe pageant and the Miss Malaysia World pageant later on in the year. The winner of these contests holds the title of Miss Malaysia Universe or Miss Malaysia World for a one year term.
Miss Universe Malaysia Titleholders
Miss Universe Malaysia, a national beauty pageant that began in 2010, replaced the Miss Malaysia Universe title after Andrea Fonseka took over the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization and became the National Director. The winner of the pageant represents Malaysia at the Miss Universe contest.
The pageant had undergone a 'revamp' in January 2010, launching into online reality shows, garnering much interest from international pageant fans. The reality show is entitle "BeautyCamp", and the Final Gala Night was held on November 10, 2011 at Sunway Convention Centre. Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 is Kimberley Leggett of Penang. She will represent the country in Miss Universe 2012.
Year Name Age Height Hometown Placement/Award 2012 Kimberley Ann Estrop-Leggett 18 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Penang TBA 2011 Deborah Priya Henry 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kuala Lumpur Unplaced 2010 Nadine Ann Thomas 23 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Subang Jaya Unplaced
Miss Malaysia Universe Titleholders
Former titleholders of Miss Malaysia Universe includes Elaine Daly, Andrea Fonseka, Trincy Low, Dato' Anna Lin and the only Malaysian semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant Josephine Lena Wong in 1970.
Joannabelle Ng Li Vun was the last titleholder before the pageant being re-branding and take over by the new National Director, Andrea Fonseka who was Miss Malaysia Universe 2004.
Year Name Placement/Award 2009 Joannabelle Ng Li Vun Unplaced 2008 Levy Li Su Lin Unplaced 2007 Adelaine Chin Ai Nee Unplaced 2006 Melissa Ann Tan Unplaced 2005 Angela Gan Unplaced 2004 Andrea Fonseka Unplaced 2003 Elaine Daly Unplaced 2002 Karen Ang Lit Eit Unplaced 2001 Tung Mei Chin Unplaced 2000 Lynette Mei Ling Ludi Unplaced 1999 Jeanette Ooi Unplaced 1998 Sherine Wong Sook Ling Unplaced 1997 Trincy Low Unplaced (Top 34/74 Preliminary Competition) 1996 Adeline Ong Unplaced (Top 61/79 Preliminary Competition) 1995 Suziela Azrai Unplaced (Top 74/82 Preliminary Competition) 1994 Liza Koh Unplaced (Top 57/77 Preliminary Competition) 1993 Lucy Narayanasamy Unplaced (Top 64/79 Preliminary Competition) and Top 10 Best National Costume 1992 Crystal Yong Unplaced (Top 63/78 Preliminary Competition) 1991 Elaine Chew Unplaced (Top 65/73 Preliminary Competition) 1990 Anna Lin Unplaced (Top 49/71 Preliminary Competition) 1989 Carmen Cheah Swee Unplaced 1988 Linda Lum Chee Ling Unplaced (Top 29/66 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1987 Christine Praglar Unplaced (Top 33/68 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1986 Batty Chee Unplaced (Top 19/77 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1985 Agnes Chin Lai Hong Unplaced 1984 Latifah Abdul Hamid Unplaced (Top 59/81 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1983 Puspa Mohamed Unplaced (Top 47/80 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1982 Siti Rohani Wahid Unplaced (Top 71/77 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1981 Audrey Loh Unplaced (Top 55/77 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1980 Felicia Yong Unplaced (Top 63/69 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1979 Irene Wong Unplaced (Top 46/75 Swimming Suit Preliminary) 1978 Yasmin Yussuf Unplaced and 2nd Runner-up Best National Costume 1977 Leong Li Ping Unplaced 1976 Teh Faridah Ahmad Unplaced 1975 Alice Cheong Unplaced 1974 Lily Chong Unplaced 1973 Maggie Loo Unplaced 1972 Helen Looi Unplaced 1971 Yvette Bateman Unplaced 1970 Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Leng Top 15, Expo Queen and Top 10 Best in Swimsuit 1969 Rosemary Wan Chow Mui Unplaced 1968 Maznah Mohammed Ali Unplaced 1967 Monkam Anne Lowe Siprasome Unplaced 1966 Helen Lee Siew Lien Unplaced 1965 Patricia Agustus Unplaced 1964 Angela Filmer Unplaced 1963 Nik Azizah Nik Yahya Did Not Competed 1962 Sarah AlHabshee Abdullah Unplaced
Miss Malaysia World titleholders
Many Miss Malaysia World title holders have gone on to find success in other fields of the entertainment industry. These include Michelle Yeoh – one of the most extremely successful Asian actress worldwide, Erra Fazira – the current Queen of Malay Cinemas, Lina Teoh, Arianna Teoh, Jaclyn Lee, Tan Su Wei, Gloria Ting, Emmeline Ng, Deborah Priya Henry, Thanuja Ananthan and Soo Wincci.
The current title holder of Miss Malaysia World is Chloe Chen.
Year Name Placement/Award 2011 Chloe Chen Top 30 Miss World Beauty With A Purpose 2010 Nadia Heng 2009 Thanuja Ananthan Top 12 Miss World Top Model, Top 40 Miss World Beach Beauty and Top 20 Miss World Beauty With A Purpose 2008 Soo Wincci Top 32 Miss World Top Model, Top 19 Miss World Talent 2007 Deborah Priya Henry Top 16 Miss World Final, Top 21 Miss World Beach Beauty and Top 16 Miss World Sport 2006 Adeline Choo Wan Ling 2005 Emmeline Ng Wei Shu 1st Place overall for Miss World Sports Competition 2004 Gloria Ting Mei Ru 2003 Wong Sze Zen 2002 Mabel Ng Chin Mei 2001 Sasha Tan Hwee Teng 2000 Tan Su Wei 1999 Jaclyn Lee Tze Wey 1998 Lina Teoh Pick Lim 2nd Runner-up and Queen of Asia & Oceania 1997 Arianna Teoh Lai Poh Top 10 1996 Qu-An How Cheok-Kuan 1995 Trincy Low Ee Bing 1994 Rahima Orchient Yayah Top 10 1993 Jacqueline Ngu 1992 Fazira Wan Chek 1991 Samantha Schubert 1989 Vivian Chen Shee Yee 1988 Sue Wong Choy Fun 1987 Sheela Shankar 1986 Joan Cardoza 1985 Rosalind Kong Siew Kuen 1984 Christine Teo Pick Yoon 1983 Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng 1982 Nellie Teoh Swee Yong 1981 Cynthia Geraldine de Castro 1980 Callie Liew Tan Chee 1979 Shirley Chew Top 15 1978 Kartina Osir 1977 Christine Mary Lim Lim Boey 1976 Che Puteh Naziadin 1975 Fauziah Haron 1974 Shirley Tan 1973 Narimah Yusoff 1972 Janet Mok 1971 Daphne Munro 1969 Pauline Chai 1966 Merlyn McKelvie 1965 Clara De Run 1963 Catherine Loh Top 15
In Malaysia, female Muslims were denied participation in beauty pageants following the issue of a fatwa in 1995 by the Mufti of Selangor. The issue came to a nasty twist in July–September 1997 when three Malay participants joined the Miss Malaysian petite contest, only to be arrested by the authorities. In the ensuing public outcry and debate that followed, the effectiveness of the fatwa was shown given the influence of the Selangor's Mufti over the nation's sharia law. The fatwa resonated with the ideology that Muslim women should cover up private parts of their body, or Aurat of which the beauty pageants' practices ran contrary to–even though such religious enactments also apply to male pageants.
Nevertheless, a public outcry ensued, as members of the public questioned the way the religious authorities handled the matter as well as the abrupt ruling which came about–Muslim women in the past had participated in beauty pageants without much protest amongst the religious authorities. This invoked the concerns of Mahathir's who had raised objections to the way the religious authorities had implemented and enforced the law–and questions including distinctions on religious laws and personal freedom were raised. Nevertheless, the fatwa ruling has since been very effective; Muslim women have since then been deterred from joining any beauty pageants. Malaysian beauty pageants, in compliance with the law, similarly denied Muslim individuals from participating. However, Muslim women may still join smaller scale beauty pageant contests such as Dewi Remaja, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Tourism, provided that they don't display publicly wearing swimsuits.
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Miss World participant countries and territories
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