Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, 11 January 2018 – The search for the next Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 came to an end in a grand finale at a Gala Night dinner held at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur where Penangite Jane Teoh Jun, 20 was crowned as the new Miss Universe Malaysia 2018.
This year, 17 finalists from all over Malaysia competed for the title of Miss Universe Malaysia 2018. They are (in alphabetical order) Alexis SueAnn Seow Su-Yin 萧 素 英 (22), Asha Kaur Ranjit Singh (24), Charlotte Tan Bee Theng 陈美廷 (24), Charmaine Chew Qi En 赵奇恩 (20), Jaipreet Kaur Dhillon (23), Jane Teoh Jun 张君妍 (20), Jasebel Shalani Robert (22), Jessy Gantle (23), Kaayathri Pramasivam (25), Kirsten Wong Yee Mun 黄瑜雯 (22), Liliana Fernandez (20), Maria Devonne Escobia (24), Mellisa Wong Yi Sheong 黄绮裳 (22), Nathasha Aprillia J.S. Benggon (23), Sabrina Thevy Arumugam (25), Shahraswaty a/p Nesaretnam (21), and Shannen Jade Totten (23).
During boot camp held several months earlier, the girls underwent a makeover, numerous challenges, photo shoots and eliminations, and six girls with the highest scores secured themselves a spot in the Top 10. The six were Alexis SueAnn, Nathasha Aprillia, Kaayathri, Jaipreet Dhillon, Charmaine Chew and Liliana Fernandez. During Gala Night, the remaining four finalists who succeeded in advancing to the Top 10 were Jane Teoh, Jasebel Robert, Mellisa Wong and Shannen Jade.
The final results of the Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 competition are as follows:
Winner – Jane Teoh
1st Runner-Up – Alexis SueAnn
2nd Runner-Up – Liliana Fernandez
3rd Runner-Up – Jasebel Robert
The subsidiary title winners are:
Miss Zalora Style Star – Liliana Fernandez
Miss Auto Bavaria Elegance – Charlotte Tan
Miss Lancôme Beautiful – Maria Escobia
Miss MIKO Galere Exceptional Coiffure – Charmaine Chew
Miss Glojas Glowing Beauty - Alexis SueAnn
Miss SMC Winning Smile - Charlotte Tan
Additionally, the Most Inspiring by HELP University was awarded to Dahinoor John, a Top 50 finalist of the pageant.
Earlier in the week at the Preliminaries round held in Zouk Kuala Lumpur, the following subsidiary titles were given out:
Miss Body Beautiful – Liliana Fernandez
Face of Fitology - Mellisa Wong
Face of La Juiceria - Alexis SueAnn
Miss Congeniality - Nathasha Aprillia
Miss Online Personality – Jane Teoh
This year, the Gala Night judges consisted of nine personalities and industry players including General Manager of L’Oreal Malaysia Luxe Division, Lau Sook Ping, Miss Universe Malaysia 2008 Levy Li, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011, Deborah Henry, Founder and Vice President of CERES Jewels, Dato’ Sri Navneet Goenka, actor-producer Dato’ Hans Isaac, Director of Marketing at ZALORA Malaysia Kiriat Argenio, Miss Universe Singapore 2002 Nuraliza Osman, Chief Operating Officer at Glojas Health Clinic by Smart International Aesthetic Datin Selwinder Kaur and celebrity hair stylist Miko Au.
The newly crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 Jane Teoh hails from Penang and stands at 178cm. She is a part-time model, and currently studying Accounting and Finance. Commenting on her win, she said, “I feel very, very excited and surprised because I never expected to win. I was just hoping for the best and prepared for the worst.”
Jane will represent Malaysia on the international stage at the Miss Universe pageant later in the year at a yet-to-be-revealed location. Additionally, she will also receive a cash prize of RM50,000, sponsored prizes worth over RM150,000 and a full education scholarship from HELP University.
Emcees for the Gala Night were actor Stephen Rahman-Hughes and Miss Universe Malaysia 2012, Kimberley Leggett who both did a fine job hosting the event. Over 700 guests consisting of the who’s who in the local business, media, fashion and entertainment industry including Kavita Sidhu, Datuk Yasmin Yusuff, Lina Teoh, Patricia K, Carrie Lee, Tatiana Kumar, Mark O’Dea, and Dennis Yin attended the glamorous event while Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 Samantha Katie James, Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 Kiran Jassal, and Miss Universe Malaysia 2015 Vanessa Tevi Kumares were presenters for the night.
Throughout the night, guests were entertained by a mix of performances from established as well as new acts includes an opening number by Stephen Rahman-Hughes while upcoming singer Dasha Logan performed a duet with Yazmin Aziz, the third prize winner of hurr.tv’s recent online talent show, Bakat Ohsem Malaysia (BOM). Urban street dance group Nasty Rock Crew who was the second prize winner of BOM also took the stage later with an energetic dance performance.
Other acts for the night included bohemian diva Ushera and 13-year-old singer, Aqeesh Aleya who delivered a powerful performance. The teenager recently struck gold when she bagged the grand prize at Bakat Ohsem Malaysia (BOM), earning her RM100,000 and a Proton Saga 1.3(A) for her winning performance. To end the night, guests were mesmerised with the amazing vocals of popular singer-songwriter Yuna.
The Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 pageant is presented by Zalora and main partner Auto Bavaria, partner CERES Jewels, and Official Partners Bubble Gum Wax and Nails, Fitology, Glojas Health Clinic by Smart International Aesthetics, HELP University, InnoWhite, Lancôme, L’Oreal Professionnel, La Juiceria, Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Miko Galère, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, redBus, Runway Productions by Catwalk Guru (Benjamin Toong) and SMC DentalWorks. The pageant is supported by Official Media Partner The Star, Official TV Partner DIVA, and Official Online Partner hurr.tv.
Catch The Next Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 series on hurr.tv for exclusive behind-the-scenes content and the episode finale on 29 January, 7pm on DIVA, available exclusively on Astro CH 702 and DIVA HD Astro CH 723. The episode finale will also be aired on E! Astro CH 712 on 1 February, 7pm and hurr.tv on 21 February, 8.30pm.