Kuala Lumpur, 19 September: 14 finalists of the prestigious Miss Plus World Malaysia 2020 and 12 finalists of the Ms Plus Intercontinental Malaysia 2020 will compete in the Grand Finals Gala Night on December 12 at Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The two winners of Miss Plus World Malaysia 2020 and Ms Plus Intercontinental Malaysia 2020 will represent Malaysia on the international stage at the Miss Plus World pageant that will be held in Texas, United States of America (USA) next year.
Present at the press conference were Datuk Noripah Kamso, Former Chairman of Bank Rakyat and Board Director of Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Datin Nur Sharmila Dato Seri Shaheen, Executive Director of Securiforce Logistic Sdn. Bhd.Datin Norzihan Latt, Founder of Sheikhahub, and Ms Suraya Godwinson Vice President of Dunheved Group Limited UK.
Also attended were Gina Frias and Andrew Jackson from Gina Frias London Limited, Amanda Jane Russell, Lieutenant Governor Division 1 Kiwanis, Seeya Manoj Nair Influencer and plus-size model, Mr Patrick Goi, Founder of PANGOI, UK Plus Size Designer Uvaraani (Uvaa), and Many MPWM`s collaborating teams and partners.
The finalists are of diverse backgrounds and interests. They depict the multi-racialand multicultural backgrounds of the Malaysians. They come from all over thestates in Peninsular Malaysia right up to Sabah in East Malaysia. Among them arelawyers, doctors, and many professional ladies.
The Executive National Director of Miss Plus World Malaysia (MPWM), Mr.Ziinine AS. Britshi said in his welcoming speech, the contestants represent all the races in Malaysia namely the Malays, Chinese, Indian, and others.
” This pageant is for all Malaysian plus size ladies, regardless of age, race, religion,and color.
” We are creating a sisterhood system for our Malaysian plus size ladies that is based on friendship, compassion and love,” he said.
Miss Plus World Malaysia promotes a continuous physical and humanitarian activities and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.
Miss Plus World Malaysia is dedicated to promoting, elevating and celebrating the accomplishments and humanitarian services of women from across the nation.
“It is our goal to build a sisterhood of confident and influential women who share their cultures with each other and the world as they promote education, peace, wellness, and worldwide appreciation of diversity.
“Our selected finalists, not only beautiful, but they are role models of equity,leadership, and elegance. Some of the contestants are very talented; they can sing, dance, and play several musical instruments. We will manifest their talents at theGrand Finale Gala Night.” he added.
Throughout the nationwide search that was conducted in Kuala Lumpur over a span of 4 months, the finalists were selected based on how good they were as role models as one of the criteria. They had been selected from two-day audition sessions held on 29-30 August 2020 at Sunway Putra Hotel, with the presence ofexpert judges who are well versed in modeling and fashion industry as well ashumanitarian work.
“The response we received had been incredible with over 800 applications from allover Malaysia. It was so difficult to narrow the number to 26 contestants, as many of them are so good.”
This will be the first year Malaysia is participating in the international plus size pageant, Miss Plus World.
The contestants will be expecting a very challenging competition ahead of them, as all of them are not only beautiful, intelligent and talented but also with professional backgrounds.
The contestants will undergo two months intensive training session includingcatwalk, styling, public speaking and community engagement. They will also beengaged in humanitarian work. They will also learn about the world`s diplomacyand peace.
The finalists of the prestigious Miss Plus World Malaysia 2020 are:- Melissa Tyndall, Aleena Shahmann, Helenah Abdul Hatta, Jeishwari Balbir Singh, Nicol Gomez, Punitha Peruma, Nadia Rosli, Tun Fiqa, Emilia Josephine Masiun,Abiramy Ramasamy, Dayshendri P.Pecquan, Lianne Alychia Hendriks, Belinda Halime and Maira Tajudin.
The finalists of the Ms Plus Intercontinental Malaysia 2020 are:- Shakti Chhabra,Zuria Salmi Nik Mat, Jasvin Kaur, Riena Azmi, Zeenat Malik, Ratanamala Thannimalay, Shahrizad Ismail, Sugitha Kunjanman, Eliza Fiza Zulkifle, Kristen Priya Pillai, Zulieanna Piaruddin and Jastina Mohd. Junus.
“We will also be awarding a MPWM Humanitarian Ambassadorship from Kiwanis for the woman who shows her commitment to making Malaysia a better place to stay.