Talent, grace and charm

By Patricia Hului

MALAYSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA WAS ABUZZ when she became the first woman of Bidayuh descent to win the Miss Malaysia World title Aug 31 in Hotel Corus Kuala Lumpur.
Standing tall at 179cm, 25-year old Dewi Liana Seriestha hailing from Kampung Tematu still gets goose bumps when she realises she will be the one to represent Malaysia in the prestigious Miss World pageant this year.

SINGING BEAUTY:  Dewi do not only sing pop songs but also sing classical opera.

SINGING BEAUTY: Dewi does not only sing pop songs but also classical opera.

Speaking about her win at the recent press conference held at the Dayak Bidayuh National Association, Dewi said: “I am, of course, happy and proud not only to represent my people of Bidayuh race, but also Sarawak and Malaysia.”
Dewi’s father, Yudhi Seriestha is a singer, musician, music composer and a TV scriptwriter. Her mother Catherine Noep was a famous Bidayuh singer in the 80s.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Dewi is a powerhouse vocalist and is currently a final year student taking Diploma of Music (Vocal Classical) at Aswara.
Prior to the Miss Malaysia pageant, Dewi was one of thirteen Malaysians who represented the country at the recent World Championships of Performing Art (WCOPA) in Los Angeles on July 11 to 20.

PROUD PARENTS: Dewi is the third child of four children of Catherine (left) and Yudhi (right).

PROUD PARENTS: Dewi is the third child of four children of Catherine (left) and Yudhi (right).

Dubbed the Olympics of the Performing Arts, WCOPA is the only international competition to find the best aspiring performing artist worldwide.
In this year’s 18th WCOPA, Dewi was already making Malaysians proud by bringing home one Gold medal for Classical Opera, three Silver medals for Contemporary, World Music and Variety Category (vocal), one medal for Industry Award and one plaque for Classical Champion of the World, competing against 43 other countries.
When asked her advice to all the young people out there, she said: “Never stop dreaming. The reason I achieved it this far is because I dream. Dare to dream big because it will make us more spirited to achieve what we want.”
Miss Malaysia World is not her first beauty pageant gig, as she won first runner up for Kumang Gawai in 2003 at tender age of 16 and first runner up at Miss Fair and Lovely World Harvest Festival at Sarawak Cultural Village in 2010.
Dewi also informed that she is going to fly to UK most probably on Nov 14 and staying there to prepare herself before Miss World beauty pageant.
Commenting on her preparation before the event, she said “I have to hit the gym whenever I have free time and I also have to practice my catwalk.”
Miss World 2014 is the 64th instalment of the oldest beauty pageant and is going to be held on Dec 14 at ExCeL London, back to the city where it first started.
So far, the highest placement achieved by Miss Malaysia World at the stage of Miss World pageant was in 1998, when Lina Teoh was crowned ‘Miss World 2nd Runner-up’.


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