Vancouver remains standing strong in the field of beauty and wisdom! For the sixth time in the pageant’s 25-year history, a delegate from Vancouver brings the Miss Chinese International crown back home once again.
Contestant #16 Gloria Tang (鄧佩儀) of Vancouver, a 20-year-old marketing student from the University of British Columbia, won the Miss Chinese International crown last night. The Hong Kong-born beauty beat out 15 other beauty queens at the two-hour competition, which was held at TVB City on February 24, 2013. Contestant #6 Denise Tan (陳楚寰) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was the first runner-up, while #5 Carat Cheung (張名雅) of Hong Kong was the second runner-up.
What was Gloria’s winning factor? “It must be my sweet smile,” Gloria said. For the dance performance segment, Gloria performed a jaw-dropping jump rope dance. “[The dance] also allowed me to show the most beautiful side of myself.”
Aside from the three crowned winners, #2 Boonyisa Chantrarachai (王思翊) from Bangkok, Thailand and #15 Jessica Song (宋沁禕) from Toronto, Canada also became top five finalists. Miss Friendship went to #7 Lauren Weinberger (周慧倫) from Los Angeles, USA. The Media Popularity Award went to #9 Jacky Cai (蔡潔) from Melbourne, Australia, and the Star of Tomorrow Award went to finalist Jessica Song.
With only one delegate from Mainland China, the Miss International Chinese 2013 pageant marks the first time since 2007 when a regional competition for China was not held. With only 16 delegates, this year also marks the lowest turnout of contestants to-date.
The Masters of Ceremonies for the pageant were Eric Tsang (曾志偉), Sammy Leung (森美), and Sharon Chan(陳敏之). Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Fala Chen (陳法拉), Christine Kuo (苟芸慧), Koni Lui (呂慧儀), and Whitney Hui (許亦妮) were part of the judging panel.
Fala expressed that she was excited to be able to sit behind the panel on her 31st birthday, saying, “I was also a Miss Chinese International contender, and it changed my life. Today is a very significant day for me.” Asked if her boyfriend, Sit Sai Hang (薛世恒), have sent any birthday gifts to her, Fala said, “He just came back from Singapore. I only received gifts from fans.” Will propose to her anytime soon? “Don’t scare me!”
During a question and answer segment at the pageant, Carat Cheung, 2012’s Miss Hong Kong winner, admitted that she was attracted to Kenneth Ma. In an after-party press interview, Kenneth said, “She was just being polite. She would probably say that to anyone she sees!” Asked if Carat was confessing her love to him, Kenneth turned red, “I don’t think so. Don’t scare her!”
Kenneth also expressed that he was very satisfied with the pageant results.
Carat assured that her attraction to Kenneth is strictly because she is a fan of his. “Please don’t take it the wrong way!” she exclaimed.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.