A fresh year of beauties at the Miss Singapore World finals.
|CN PHOTO: Michael Chan|
The grand finals of the Miss Singapore World 2010 pageant was held on the evening of Aug. 21 at the InterContinental Hotel. 23 contestants pitted their talents and looks against each other for the coveted title. Beauty and poise were, as usual, the epicenter of the annual pageant with contestants coming from all walks of life. The youngest contestant this year was only 17 years old.
The evening saw the crowning of student Anusha Rajaseharan, 21, as Miss Singapore World 2010. Eighteen-year-old student Keong Hui Shan walked away with the Miss Singapore Global Beauty award, while marketing executive, Krizzia Shannen Ann Cabarrubias Sayson, 17, was crowned Miss Singapore Queen of the year. Property agent Ye Jiahui, 25, nabbed the title of Miss Singapore Chinatown while consultant Jacelyn Lin, 26, was awarded the accolade of Miss Singapore Tourism Queen 2010. All five title holders will represent Singapore at the grand finals of international beauty pageants held around the world.
The pageant opened with the 23 finalists on stage, strutting down the catwalk in red swimsuits before the judges and a raucous audience. This was followed by a brief self-introduction by each contestant.
With environmental friendliness as this year’s central theme for the pageant, one of the highlights of the event was the eco-fashion parade, displaying the creativity of each contestant as they completed their look using recycled materials as accessories. Recycled fabric and plastic bags were just some of the materials used by the creative beauties to style their looks. Among the outstanding works of art included a pair of recycled acrylic “angel wings” and a necklace made of aluminum tags.
Another highlight of the evening’s program was the question-and-answer segment where contestants donned their evening gowns and took center stage to tackle the questions. One of the questions required a contestant to devise a catchy slogan to promote environmental protection; while another challenged a contestant to articulate how she would help promote the green movement as well as offer strategies in turning Singapore into a more eco-friendly nation.
Showing poise and confidence, contestants also took the opportunity to share about their involvement in various community projects among the elderly and the less-privileged in society. Proceeds from the beauty pageant went toward the funding of charities and other environmentally sustainable programs in Singapore.
Keong felt that it was her outgoing and bubbly personality that landed her the title of Miss Singapore Global Beauty. Through the beauty pageant, she also learned about the importance of teamwork, and is confident of being able to juggle pageant commitments and studies, especially with moral support from her family.
Crowd favorite, Sayson, affirmed that the pageant has helped her to rediscover her feminine side, especially since she grew up in a predominantly male household. Her future plans as Miss Singapore Queen 2010 include a “Go Green” project in which she would be looking to extend environment sustainability programs.
Ye, who won Miss Singapore Chinatown, attributed her win to her inner confidence. Her main take-away from the pageant experience was in making new friends throughout the pageant journey. Her future plans include contributing more to community work by lending support to the elderly through collaborations with grassroots organizations and town councils.
Lin, an avid traveler, was naturally delighted at nabbing the title of Miss Singapore Tourism Queen. She stated that her win would come in useful in helping to promote Singapore as a tourism destination.
The pageant was no doubt a fruitful experience for Rajaseharan, the biggest winner for the evening. As Miss Singapore World 2010, she will be joining other pageant winners from around the world in October in Sanya, China, for the Miss World 2010 competition. Possessing a calm and composed demeanor, the beauty is confident of juggling both her pageant commitments and her night classes leading up to the big event.
Other winners for the night included double title-holders, Louisa Althea Tay for Miss Internet Popularity 2010 and Miss Lumiere 2010, Yeong Wei Fan for Miss Charity Queen 2010, Miss Model of the World 2010, Nurzubaidah Binte Yusuff for Miss Crowning Glory and Nasstasha Hafids Stewart for Best in Catwalk 2010.