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Blast from the Past

Entering the pageant is like a stepping stone into the entertainment industry or to something bigger that you wish you had. You’re beautiful, smart and talented. Those are what audience would like to see. If you don’t end up being as an actress, you’ll sure find your spot in emceeing, hosting, modelling or even singing! Below are some of the beauty queens who made it big in their own respective areas of expertise.

Entering the pageant is like a stepping stone into the entertainment industry or to something bigger that you wish you had. You’re beautiful, smart and talented. Those are what audience would like to see. If you don’t end up being as an actress, you’ll sure find your spot in emceeing, hosting, modelling or even singing! Below are some of the beauty queens who made it big in their own respective areas of expertise.

Datuk Michelle Yeoh
The ever famous Bond girl (in Tomorrow Never Dies) won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant at a tender age of 21. She was also Malaysia’s representative at the 1983 Miss World pageant in London. Since then, she appeared on television commercials and entered the Hong Kong film market when she caught the attention of a Hong Kong film production company. She started her film career in action and martial art films, which she performed most of her own stunts. Subsequently, she landed roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Reign of Assassins and took on the role of Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady.

Lina Teoh
She initially rose to fame through the famous Malaysian English sitcom, Kopitiam as a lawyer. She participated and won the Miss Malaysia Wold and represented the country in Miss World in Seychelles and was crowned second runner-up and also Miss World Asia and Oceanic. After that, she had the opportunities in hosting, emceeing, deejaying and documentary filmmaking.

Deborah Henry
Deborah started modelling at age 15 and had walked for designers such as Ungaro, YSL and Gucci. She entered the Miss Malaysia World 2007 where she won and represented Malaysia in Miss World 2007. She competed in Miss Universe Malaysia in 2011 and won the coveted title and represented the country in Miss Universe 2011. Although she was not placed in the Top 16, the nation is proud of her achievements. She hosted Bella, a magazine style talk show and acted in The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines, a Malaysian film. Apart from entertainment, she co-founded the Fugee School, a non-profit organisation that provides basic education to Somalian refugee children. She also plays a part in active humanitarian works.

Wincci Soo
She won Miss World Malaysia in 2008 and represented the country in the Miss Wold beauty pageant. Media dubbed her ‘beauty with brains’ where she graduated with a law degree, obtained her Masters in Business Administration and possesses certificates in vocal training, piano and composing. Subsequently, she dabbled in acting and was appointed as SAMSUNG LED and AVON Anew ambassador. She became the first Miss World Malaysia to come out with her self-composed singing album. She’s also currently doing her PHD in business.

Andrea Fonseka
Andrea participated and won Miss Malaysia Universe and represented Malaysia in Miss Universe 2004. After the pageant, she studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Law at the National University of Singapore. While in Singapore, she became Marie France Bodyline and appeared on numerous magazine covers including FHM Singapore. Soon, she hosted ESPN’s Score Today and became the suitcase girl in Deal or No Deal (Singapore) and co-host the live TV singing contest Live The Dream. Subsequently, she started acting and serve as the National Director for Miss Universe Malaysia.