The 2014 Miss Chinese International contestants had their first meeting with the press on January 20. Wearing the same raspberry-colored one-piece swimwear, sixteen delegates from nine territories, between the ages 19 and 26, were introduced. The pageant finals will be held on Sunday, January 26.
Though the contestants were criticized for their plain looks, many contestants have fantastic bodies with tall heights. Contestant #3 Jessica Ou (區思敏) from Chicago, #7 Wendy Shu (束雯) from Los Angeles, #11 Amanda Lee (李嘉嘉) from San Francisco, and #15 Mandy Liang (梁淼) from Toronto were noted for their voluptuous figures.
Delegate #5 Grace Chan (陳凱琳), crowned 2013’s Miss Hong Kong last year, was noted for being the shortest and “flattest” competitor, but Grace confidently said that height is not the determining factor in winning. “I will work harder on other things,” she said.
Already a hot favorite to win amongst the Miss Chinese International supporters, Grace was asked if she felt that she had a winning edge. She said, “No. When I go out there would be people who come to me to say that they would support me, and I am really thankful. However, it gives pressure for me to do better. Hopefully I’ll be able to present myself more confidently this time, to let the audience know that I have improved in the last half year.”
In a random draw, Grace was chosen to try out wearing the Miss Chinese international jewel crown and golden staff, respectively worth $539,000 HKD and $240,000 HKD. “I’m lucky! I know last year Carat Cheung (張名雅) also got to try it.”
Grace expressed that she supports contestant #6 Zhiny Ong (黃之豫), a delegate from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She said, “We’re dorming together. I’ve been talking to her a lot so I am closer to her. I think she’s very talented and I really like her. She has my blessings!”
Below is the full list of contestants:
#1 Erica He (何雨蔚) from Auckland, New Zealand
#2 Peremin “Bam” Tubkaew (林佩敏) from Bangkok, Thailand
#3 Jessica Ou (區思敏) from Chicago, United States
#4 Peiling Hu (胡佩玲) from Foshan, China
#5 Grace Chan (陳凱琳) from Hong Kong
#6 Zhiny Ong (黃之豫) from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
#7 Wendy Shu (束雯) from Los Angeles, United States
#8 Lydia Zhang (張雅旻) from Melbourne, Australia
#9 Lucia Lorigiano (黃婷麗) from Montreal, Canada
#10 Maggie Zhang (張雨晴) from New York, United States
#11 Amanda Lee (李嘉嘉) from San Francisco, United States
#12 Tiffany Du (杜昕然) from Seattle, United States
#13 Mandi Cheung (張佩雯) from Singapore
#14 Phyllis Dai (戴婕菲) from Sydney, Australia
#15 Mandy Liang (梁淼) from Toronto, Canada
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.