Miss Hong Kong 2013 winner Grace Chan (陳凱琳) guested on the show A Beautiful Legend of 50 Years <美麗傳奇50載> to share her pageant experience alongside other winners Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗), Tiffany Lau (劉穎鏇), Veronica Shiu (邵珮詩), and Carat Cheung (張名雅).
Nine years since taking the crown, Grace could not help but tear up while watching a clip of her pageant. She expressed, “I don’t think there’s any woman who would have liked her body shape or face to be the only thing worthy of value. That was what happened–I remember it was such a huge blow to me because everything was so mentally and physically taxing.”
Despite being one of the pageant favorites, Grace also experienced intense scrutiny at the same time. “Having everyone and the media constantly focus on how your face is the only value was very overwhelming. My family would see it in the papers, but they would be too cautious to bring it up. I also had to act like it wasn’t a big deal, but it honestly weighed a ton.”
With heavy criticisms on her thin body, Grace could not understand why the public found her weight of 88 pounds to be a great flaw. “I believe being healthy is the most important. Besides, there was nothing I could do about my body type.”
Rebecca also shared that the image of a Miss Hong Kong weighs heavily on the winner. “After the pageant, you would realize that there are certain jobs that you cannot do such as performing or attending events at a bar,” she said.
Veronica followed with her life changing after the contest. As being a public figure, she would need to dress herself up nicely and make sure everything is perfect before she leaves the house.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.