Living her dreams

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds

 

EVERYDAY AROUND THE WORLD, there are people who are striving and trying their best to achieve their desires and goals in life. This is true of Yvonne Supang Lukas, who represented Malaysia in the recently held Miss ASEAN 2014 beauty pageant held from Dec 25-30 last year in Thailand.

 

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Yvonne reflecting poise and the ability to carry off a dramatic photoshoot.

 

Yvonne, 25, had always wanted to be a model. It makes her feel like there is more to life than just working.

But getting a foot on the fashion runway or in the pageant limelight wasn’t easy for the 172cm tall Mirian. She was not discovered or spotted by modelling scouts but instead had taken the initiative to participate in her very first pageant, Miss Sarawak Model of the World 2010 after completing her Diploma. She placed third.

In 2014, she won the Borneo Model Search held in Bintulu, Sarawak and the chance to attend the Amber Chia Academy for a one-month modelling course.

She is currently not tied to any modelling agencies, but being a finalist in Miss Malaysia Global International (MGIM) has given her the chance to compete in beauty pageants.

 

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Yvonne Supang Lukas

 

“I strongly believe that MGIM is a good platform for young ladies to become beauty queen material as MGIM is different from other beauty pageants because they really groom you and they are honest and tell you straight to your face exactly what you need to improve on,” she added.

According to Yvonne, the hardest part about being in the industry is trying to make a living on modelling alone, especially in Malaysia.

When pressed about what the perks and drawbacks of the industry, she said the best thing about modelling was the opportunity to wear designer clothes while the worst would be perhaps not getting enough sleep.

“But when you love doing what you do, lack of sleep is not an issue,” she said.

What made Yvonne interested in joining Miss ASEAN 2014 was the fact that it was being held in Thailand.

“I had never been to Thailand before and I think that not only do I get to experience and learn more about myself and to carry the name of our country but also I get to see the culture, meet the people, see the places and cherish it forever.”

 

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The national costume Yvonne wore for Miss ASEAN 2014, inspired by the legendary Tun Fatimah who is known as a warrior, a queen and wife to Malacca’s Sultan Mahmud Shah. Tun Fatimah led her people in the fight against the invading Portuguese forces in the early 16th century.

 

Although Yvonne did not make it into the Top 10 for Miss ASEAN 2014, she was not disappointed because she knew she did her very best during the pageant week.

“I strongly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is not all about winning, it is the heart that counts, the intention, the purpose and knowing how to have fun at the same time,” she said.

“At the end of it, networking is important, make as much friends as possible and keep in touch because there is nothing more precious than that, who knows one day you will need them” she added.

To her, making the first step to participate takes guts to do so and they are already winners because beauty pageants are not easy. Besides not getting enough sleep, needing to look your best 24/7, getting up very early to do hair and makeup, always being in high heels whenever you are out in public, and always being on your best behaviour, there’s a lot of pressure being a beauty pageant contestant.

 

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Yvonne in an amazing evening dress for Miss ASEAN 2014.

 

She added, “Always be grateful for everything that you have. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to participate and it is already an honor to be selected as one of the Top 5 Most Popular vote by A-Star Phulare Valley Resort Chiang Rai.”

Describing the challenges she experienced in the Miss ASEAN 2014 competition, she said that the only challenge she faced during the pageant week was overcoming herself.

“I am my own competitor. When you are in a beauty pageant especially when you carry the name of your beloved country, there is a lot of pressure because the country is rooting and supporting you, and of course, you want to do the best for your country,” she said adding that she overcame the pressure with positive-thinking.

She defines a good model as someone who is humble, friendly, cheerful, fun, and responsible, and she believe she has all that it takes.

 

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Upon her return to Malaysia, Yvonne said she would like to do more than just participate in beauty pageants.

“I want to be able to make a difference and to be a role model for young girls out there, that being humble, friendly and kind will make the world a better place,” she said.

As a model, Yvonne hopes that one day she would be a successful one as she sees herself being active at it at the moment, and hope to being able to influence young girls to go for their dreams.

Yvonne who lives by her motto “Live Your Dreams”, advises aspiring models “If you have always wanted to do something in life, do it, as you will regret for not doing it when you had the chance to. When you reach a certain age, there are very limited things you can do. Time doesn’t wait for anyone. Live life to the fullest. Remember this, ‘If not now, when?’”

 

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