Beauty and brains rule the stage at beauty pageants

WOMEN are back to empower the community and contribute to the sustainability of the planet after the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Combining the best of beauty and brain, 18 women competed in Mrs Malaysia Petite 2022 and Mrs Malaysia Planet 2022 at Vivatel Hotel in Kuala Lumpur recently.

But three contestants outshone the others with their amazing talent, charisma and personality: Emily Shi Thu, winner of Mrs Malaysia Petite 2022; Valerie Wong, winner of Mrs Malaysia Planet 2022 and Chris Koh, winner of Mrs Elite Malaysia Planet 2022.

“The nationwide lockdown has opened my eye that I must grab whatever opportunity to shine in my life. It was a roller coaster ride during the lockdown and many women have lost their confidence,” quipped Shi Thu.

Beauty with brains: (from left) Chris Koh, Valerie Wong and Emily Shi Thu

“As a fitness and wellness coach, I want to be a role model and inspire women to build their self-esteem and confidence and embrace positivity. Petite women should not feel small but instead be dynamic.”

Championing a sustainable planet

Sharing the same stage of glory with Mrs Malaysia Petite 2022 are winners of Mrs Malaysia Planet 2022 and Mrs Elite Malaysia Planet 2022. For Wong, a Sarawakian, winning the title of Mrs Malaysia Planet 2022 will help her contribute to creating greater awareness about our planet.

“All of us can play our part in performing the 3R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle and above all, educating our next generation and influence the community to be more environment-conscious,” enthused Wong.

Koh shared the same sentiment with Wong: “I want raise awareness on issues especially the environments we are living. If each of us play our part, the planet will be a more sustainable and liveable place.”

Mrs Malaysia Petite 2022 and Mrs Malaysia Planet 2022 are organised by Yinzi Event & Marketing.

“We are celebrating our ninth anniversary of these two pageants this year. For the past nine years, we have helped transform hundreds of women in ways beyond our expectations,” commented founder and organiser of the pageants Lim Siew Cheng.

“Some of these women are single mothers, divorcees and had gone through the rough patches of life. We are glad our pageants provide the platform for them to rebuild their lives, so that they can carry on living and oozing with much confidence and self-esteem.”

Added Lim: “Women empowerment should not be seen as a choice but a necessity in life.” – Dec 20, 2022


Francis Yip is an award-winning writer and HRDF (Human Resource Development Fund)- accredited trainer. He is also the CEO of Franciswriter Dot Com and guest lecturer at The One Academy.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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