This year’s 10 finalists are ready to take the stage at Miss Singapore Universe 2011 on July 10.
Contributed By Terence Lee Jun Rong
The Miss Singapore Universe 2011 finalists were officially presented to the public on Wednesday, June 22 at a press conference held at Groove nightclub in Clarke Quay. With eveningwear sponsored by local designer, Hayden, the 10 finalists were radiant and ready to talk about their experience in the MSU ’11 pageant.
“It’s been fun,” said Nicole de Souza, 20. “Getting to know the other girls and become friends with them has definitely been the highlight of this experience.” Shaznaz Nazimuddeen, 19, agreed. “The girls are great. They’ve been so helpful and supportive, it’s like we’re a family.”
The contestants were also ready to talk about serious social issues. When asked what she would do if she won the pageant, Shn Juay, 24, replied, “I really hope to raise awareness about breast cancer, which is the cause for this year’s pageant. With a crown, people really look at you differently, and take what you say or do more seriously. I feel very privileged to be a part of this competition.” Shn had previously represented Singapore for the Miss Earth 2006 pageant held in Manila.
Some contestants felt that beauty pageants were about a good self-image and lifestyle habits. “Beauty is more than just about your size or how you look, it’s about how you carry yourself. Confidence is the most important thing,” said Michelle Ang, 18. “If you live healthily, you’ll be beautiful,” added Sheila Yeo, 21.
Even pretty girls don’t mind a boost from professionals. The girls credited Ida Ong, the pageant’s grooming trainer with enhancing their natural beauty. “She’s really transformed us—our posture, the way we walk,” said Shn. “The contrast from how we were before is amazing. We’re all shining now.”
The gala finals of the pageant will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel on July 10. Tickets, from S$200, are available through the organizers, Derrol Stepenny Promotions.