TEXAS, Feb 7: Malaysia Plus World Icon 2020/21 Melissa Mohan Tyndall (pic right) and Ms Malaysia Plus Intercontinental Icon Zeenat Khan Malik, who had represented Malaysia on the international stage at the Miss Plus World pageant on Saturday (Feb 6, 2021), have made history and made Malaysia proud by winning prestigious international titles at Miss Plus World 2021 pageant.
The 30-year-old Melissa from Setiawan, Perak has been crowned Miss Plus World Humanitarian Ambassador 2021/2022, after having impressed the US expert and famous judges with her presentation and involvement in humanitarian services and activities in her town.
“I have been organising breast cancer awareness campaigns since 2017. It’s crucial to me as I have lost three family members to breast cancer. I was only a young girl when they passed away from breast cancer. I had very little knowledge about breast cancer so I started to read more about it. I realised that although the term breast cancer is not uncommon, there are women who are still afraid to have their regular check-ups as they are under the impression that they will not be affected by it.
“My intention is to create awareness on the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Coming from a small town, I conduct my events in my hometown as my intention is to encourage women to go for regular check-ups and to seek for help especially if they find any abnormalities,” she said.
Melissa was also voted as Miss Plus World 4th Runner Up, while Miss Caribbean Coast Randeika Foulkes Cartwright has been crowned as the winner of Miss Plus World 2021/2022.
In the same event that was held in and streamed live from Texas, USA, the Malaysia Plus Intercontinental Icon 2020/21 Zeenat Malik has been crowned Ms Plus Intercontinental 2nd Runner Up. While Ms Plus America Wendy Roach has been crowned the winner of Ms Plus Intercontinental 2021/22.
Talking to the media, Zeenat said, all the contestants in this international pageant are phenomenal, with great mind and big hearts.
“I am so glad and very proud to represent my beloved country and get to the top 3,” Zeenat said.
Asked how she feels being selected 2nd runner up for Ms Plus Intercontinental category, Zeenat said: “Never even in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would get this far when I joined Malaysia Plus World Icon pageant and won as the 1st Runner-Up!
“I am the first-ever in the Intercontinental category to represent Malaysia on an international level in the USA.”
“To my complete surprise, I won as 2nd Runner Up in the Miss Plus World!
“This was truly even beyond my imagination and expectation… total bliss!,” she added.
SPECIAL AWARDS also went to:
Miss Congeniality – Joneisa Smith (Miss Plus World US Virgin Islands)
Photogenic – Evelyn Bailey (Miss Plus World America)
Covergirl – Randeika Foulkes-Cartwright (Miss Plus World Caribbean Coast)
Best Interview in the Miss Division – Evelyn Bailey (Miss Plus World America)
Best Interview in the Ms. Division – Dipolelo Hou (Ms. Plus Intercontinental South Africa) and Tenelle Thomas (Ms. Plus Intercontinental Atlantic Coast)
Best Costume in the Ms. Division – Wendy Roach (Ms. Plus Intercontinental America)
Best Costume in the Miss Division – Randeika Foulkes-Cartwright (Miss Plus World Caribbean Coast)
People’s Choice – Edraniece Ferguson (Miss Plus World Bahamas Beauty) and Sharon Bennett (Ms. Plus Intercontinental U.S.)
National Director of Miss Plus World Malaysia Ziinine.A.Britshi said he is very glad the national delegates have done great at the international competition, even though Malaysia is participating for the first time on the international level at Miss Plus World.
” Yes, our delegates Melissa and Zeenat are the first-ever Malaysian plus size beauty queens to compete internationally.. and win!,” he told the media.
” We are also so proud and glad to have established this platform in Malaysia and give a chance to Malaysian plus size ladies to go to the international level and attain well recognized, prestigious titles and awards,” he added.
Sending congratulations to the National Director after Melissa won the international humanitarian title and Zeenat made it to top 3, the International Director of Miss Plus World Constance Zehner from U.S. said: “Congrats!! We loved your girls and so glad to welcome Melissa to our royal court!”
“Do proud for Melissa and Zeenat! They did great for being in such a time crunch and their first experiences in plus size pageantry, ” she added.
Even though Covid-19 and lockdown affected the whole world, many countries have participated in Miss Plus World 2021 including Malaysia, America, Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, South Africa and many other countries.
The yearly event was scheduled to be held at Sheraton North Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas on February 6, 2021 but it went virtual (Live) instead due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions
The winning prizes for each category (Miss Plus World and Ms Plus Intercontinental) are: $3,000 cash prize (U.S. currency), official crown, official sash and scepter, official business cards, assorted gift cards, personal appearance dress, Coach New York gift, jewelry, shoes, and more.
As for each of Miss Plus World and Ms Plus Intercontinental Humanitarian Ambassadors 2021/2022, the prizes include: $200 cash prize awarded at the end of their reign, $500 donation to a charity of their choice, official custom crown, official custom sash, official custom presentation bouquet, official custom personal appearance dress, official custom commemorative award, official E.dele Jewelry selection, gift credit for one pair of shoe Dazzles Shoes, one year Pageantry Magazine subscription, and shared accommodations at 2022 Miss Plus World/Ms. Plus Intercontinental Pageant. While First Runner –Up, Second Runner-Up, and Third Runner-Up will win and receive Commemorative Awards.
The objectives of MPWM are to increase interest in healthy lifestyle and public education on the importance of exercise, women empowerment, and generate a spirit of community involvement and volunteerism, according to the National Director.
“This international platform is building a sisterhood system of confident and influential women who share their cultures with each other and the world as they promote education, peace, wellness and cultural awareness,” Ziinine said.
Regarding this year’s program, he added, the registration for Miss Plus World Malaysia 2021/2022 will be open soon by February 22.
As for the audition, it will take place nationwide from 9 to 23 May, 2021 and the next Grand Finale Gala will be held around November 13, 2021. The venues will be announced later.
To participate in Miss Plus World Malaysia you must be a Malaysian citizen or permanent resident, size 12 and above, born female, and between the ages of 20 and 35 for Miss Plus World and 36+ for Ms. Plus Intercontinental, besides being healthy and having good attitude. -Malaysia World News