Kuala Lumpur, 13 October 2016 – The Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) today announced the Top 18 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 at Intermark Mall following a roadshow across the nation in search of young talents who aspire to represent Malaysia on the Miss Universe stage.
The Top 18 finalists who made the cut (in alphabetical order) are Dana Low, Dewina Petrus Guriting, Erica Tan, Gina Phillips, Jaspreet Kaur, Karshini Ghanesh, Laura Simon, Maegan Yip, Michelle Soin, Nicolle Tan, Ollemadthee Kunasagaran, Peh Leon, Samantha Katie James, Savina Devi K. Thamilavanan, Sonia Naidu Devakrishnan, Tammy Marion Singho, Tanalaksiumy Mahenthiran Rayer and Zara Tam.
The National Director of MUMO, Ms Elaine Daly said, “It gives me great pleasure to be able to helm this prestigious pageant. A title that I for one have been very grateful to have, and now to be part of this exciting journey once again seeing these 18 ducklings transform into beautiful swans.”
“Winning the crown is without a doubt, an opportunity of a lifetime but only one girl will have the privilege of wearing the Miss Universe Malaysia title. 13 years ago, I was given the honour of representing Malaysia on the Miss Universe stage. It was an amazing experience for me, and I am so proud to be able to guide and groom our young ladies here today to go on that same journey that I once undertook,” she added.
Elaine continued, “The 2017 pageant will be very exciting to watch. From the reality show to seeing the girls grow and eventually find our delegate to represent our country, all I can say is keep your eyes and ears peeled. It’s going to be hip, urban, relevant and real.”
During Orientation Week, the 18 finalists went through an intensive training session where they received a crash course in various areas including pageant knowledge, catwalk lessons, grooming and fitness. Following a hair makeover by industry experts, the girls put their knowledge to test and posed for a series of photo shoot challenges. Additionally, the finalists also had the opportunity to speak with key industry leaders in a unique one-on-one mingling session.
The journey of the 18 finalists will be captured and shown over 40 webisodes in a reality show-style series on YouTube by online lifestyle channel, hurr.tv starting November 2016. Viewers can also catch the show on DIVA, available exclusively on Astro Channel 702 and DIVA HD Astro Channel 723 starting December 2016 onwards.
The crowning of Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 will take place on 23rd February 2017 at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The winner will have an opportunity of a lifetime to travel abroad representing Malaysia at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in the later part of 2017. Additionally, she will also receive a cash prize of RM50,000 and sponsored prizes worth over RM150,000.
This annual pageant is presented by Fashion Valet with senZues as the gold sponsor. Official partners for this year are ash be nimble, Bausch & Lomb, Ceres Jewels, Cleanbites, Clinic RX, D R Events, Fitology, Intermark Mall, La Juiceria, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malibu Beachwear, mizzue, Sephora, Shawn Cutler, Targus and Tsubaki. The Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 pageant is supported by official media partner The Star, Official TV Channel DIVA, and Official Online Partner hurr.tv.
National Director Elaine Daly, actor-director-producer Dato’ Hans Isaac and actress-producer Debbie Goh will be serving as the panel resident judges, while style experts such as fashion designers Wan Mohd. Ruzaini Wan Jamil and Rizman Nordin of Rizman Ruzaini, fashion editor Iqbab V Azwan Mukhtaram of InTrend magazine, fashion editor Aizat Aidid of Glam magazine, actress Nur Fazura and photographer Simon Chin will be judging the couture photo shoots.