KUALA LUMPUR, 11 October 2017 – The Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) today revealed the Top 18 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur following a series of auditions and roadshows held across the nation in search of potential talents who can personify all the values and attributes of Miss Universe Malaysia on the world stage.

From a total of 50 finalists, the Top 18 finalists shortlisted (in alphabetical order) are:

Alexis SueAnn Seow Su-Yin, 22, Selangor
Asha Kaur Ranjit Singh, 24, Kuala Lumpur
Charlotte Tan Bee Theng, 24, Perak
Charmaine Chew Qi En, 20, Kuala Lumpur
Jaipreet Kaur Dhillon, 23, Kuala Lumpur
Jane Teoh Jun, 20, Penang
Jasebel Shalani Robert, 22, Kuala Lumpur
Jessy Gantle, 23, Sarawak
Kaayathri Pramasivam, 25, Kuala Lumpur
Kirsten Wong Yee Mun, 22, Kuala Lumpur
Liliana Fernandez, 20, Kuala Lumpur
Lysandra Gabriel Storie, 20, Sarawak
Maria Devonne Escobia, 24, Kuala Lumpur
Mellisa Wong Yi Sheong, 22, Selangor
Nathasha Aprilla J.S. Benggon, 23, Sabah
Sabrina Thevy Arumugam, 25, Selangor
Shahraswaty a/p Nesaretnam, 21, Selangor
Shannen Jade Totten, 23, Kuala Lumpur

The National Director of MUMO, Datin Elaine Daly said, “After an exhaustive nationwide search, we found 18 beautiful, smart and promising young ladies who left a lasting impression on us. However, only one will be crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 and proudly represent our country on the international stage.”

“As National Director, I am honoured to have the opportunity to once again guide, mentor and groom these girls, and transform them into young women who are strong, confident and ready to take on the world. The journey will not be an easy one, and they will need to be prepared physically, mentally and emotionally.”

“Our theme this year – ‘Beauty Beyond You’ embodies the passion, dedication and spirit behind this competition, where young women from all over the nation come together to showcase their incredible drive and determination to succeed. This is more than a beauty pageant, I can assure you that. This is a platform that will be life changing, a stepping stone to greater heights, one that will open doors for these young women here to opportunities beyond their imagination. I am eager to bring out the best in them, and lead them on this amazing path that I once walked on,” she added.

Datin Elaine Daly continued, “We are also thrilled to announce that for this year, we will have with us none other than the beautiful, talented and very fit Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Ms Kimberley Leggett joining us as host of Miss Universe Malaysia 2018. And to add to that, we are excited to have our title sponsor ZALORA on board for this pageant for the very first time. We have a few more surprises in store, so make sure to stay tuned!”

Mr Giulio Xiloyannis, Managing Director of ZALORA said, “ZALORA is proud to partner with the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization, a clear statement of our commitment to providing customers with not only a wide range of high street fashion, but also glamorous and elegant occasion wear. Being Asia’s Online Fashion Destination, we hope that our assortment of labels may empower women across the region to look and feel like The Next Miss Universe Malaysia.”

The 18 finalists will undergo Boot Camp where they have to live together at the MUMO House for 12 days, away from their family and friends and undergo a series of training sessions which includes pageant knowledge, catwalk training, grooming, fitness, photo shoots, interviews and styling challenges. Competition will be tough, and only the strongest in spirit and mind will survive the gruelling week.

The journey of the 18 finalists will be captured and shown over 20 webisodes in a reality show series on online lifestyle channel, starting December 2017. Viewers can also catch the seven episodes-series on DIVA, available exclusively on Astro Channel 702 and DIVA HD Astro Channel 723.

The crowning of Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 will take place on 24 January 2018 at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. As Miss Universe Malaysia 2018, she will have the opportunity of a lifetime to travel abroad representing the country at the Miss Universe pageant 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.

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 Clinic at Smart International Aesthetics, HELP University, InnoWhite, Lancôme, L’Oreal Professionnel, La Juiceria Superfoods, , 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