Seventeen magazine’s Queen of Queens Sally Ng sits down with City News for a chat about her win.
Contirbuted By Wayne Chan
|PHOTOS COURTESY OF EMBASSY OF SALLY NG|
With delicate features sitting pretty atop a heart-shaped face framed by soft curls, Sally Ng is no stranger to beauty contests. Having emerged tops in City Harvest Church’s Emerge conference beauty pageant in 2007 and the Singapore Institute of Management-University of London inter-varsity pageant in 2009, the 23-year-old economics and finance degree graduate from UOL continued her winning streak, walking away with Seventeen magazine’s “Queen of Queens” title as well as the “Miss Angel Star,” “Miss Stylish’” and “Miss Wow” titles on Dec. 2 at The Butter Factory.
Now doing a stint with local advertising agency, Sirius Art, the freelance actress, host and model chats with City News about the experience.
What led to your participation in the pageant?
I wanted to make my life experiences count. Also, it was going to be my last inter-varsity competition.
How do you feel about winning and what’s next for you?
I was surprised to have won, but it feels good. I would want to challenge myself further and allow room for growth in this area.
What was the most memorable part of the competition?
My friends’ encouragement and support—some even came all the way from Hong Kong to cheer me on. Seeing them in the crowd was definitely a confidence booster.
What do you think won the judges over?
I spoke (laughs). My friends tell me I have the gift of speaking. I guess I was just being myself.
What was the most difficult part of the competition?
Overcoming the anxiety attacks as well as my physical weakness—I fell sick just a day before the competition, and was throwing up in between slots before I went on to stage. There was nothing much I could do except to pray. In the end, God made a way and saved the day.
What is your life ambition?
I have many … being able to speak more than five languages, owning a summer house somewhere in Europe, earning a PhD in my lifetime, mastering piano, violin, guitar and drums, doing missions and planting churches …
What would you consider to be your biggest achievement in life so far?
I don’t think I have accomplished a lot with my life yet. I believe that greater things have yet to come. But if you ask me what a life-changing moment for me was, I would say very frankly it was getting to know God and coming to church. I don’t think I would be doing the things I am doing now if I did not grow up in church. My life would have been very different.
What do you think is your greatest strength?
I think my strength lies in my quick wit and eloquence.
What’s your pet peeve and why?
I have a few, but I guess my tolerance is on the lower end when a fellow movie-goer spoils the show by attempting to guess out aloud every possible scenario or what the next scene’s going to be.
Describe yourself in three words.
Ermm … awesome beyond words? (laughs) I think I can be witty, humorous and charismatic at times.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
The various biblical characters—reading about what they had to overcome and how God came through for them gives me hope and faith for my own life.