Top 25 picked for inaugural MGIS beauty pageant
Twenty-five finalists made the cut to Miss Global International Sarawak (MGIS) 2015 after a second round of live auditions were held at CityONE Megamall Kuching on March 21.
They are Claudia Gan, Ezza Hunny, Wendy Ling Jia Jing, Ella Jiway, Stepheni Johari, Decharmene Gibson, Ainaa L. Tacia, Cammielye Oliver Rega, Anny Wong Wei Wei, Genevieve Gerald Wilson Unting, Pauline Nanie Mula Nating, Paula Nanie Entia Nating, Raden Atul, Shayndee Dunstan, Elviana Tenit, Jolene Tan Hui Hoon, Christina Dana Paulus Ripos, Christina Nisha, Grace John Lee, Marzella Sigai, Phrisillia Mujan Peter, Emerald Sie Rou Xiu, Martina Litad Balang, Valerina Aren Alfred, and Emily Wong Mee Kiong, all dressed in cocktail dresses and high heels.
Out of 27 entries received during the first round of auditions held March 14, eight were chosen. In the second round, 17 were chosen out of 70 submitted entries, showing a more encouraging response from single ladies in Sarawak.
“This pageant is all about empowering women, building futures and inspiring a generation of independent and modern women,” said MGIS State Director Nickson Simbor of the inaugural beauty pageant competition held for Sarawakians.
“We want to celebrate real, outstanding women who are not afraid to be themselves and go the distance, stand for their beliefs whilst representing the epitome of elegant beauty, confidence and strong character,” said Simbor, adding that Sarawakian women are full of potential and it is time for them to show their Sarawakian beauty on the world stage.
The finalists were judged based on their beauty and personality by professional judges including pageant trainer Wagner John, Miss Borneo Ethnic 2014 Claryssa Henry Ogodong, Interior and Fashion Designer Gilbert Francis, Mr Sabah Borneo Tourism 2014 Ricky Raca Kimwah, Mr Tourism Sarawak Ethnic 2013 Benjamin Arslan Orea, MGIS Creative Director Aqeem Yusuf, and Simbor himself.
They will be competing for the ‘Miss Global International Sarawak’ title at the Grand Final which will be held on May 21 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), themed ‘Unity and Culture’.
Miss Global International Malaysia 2014 Rubini Sambanthan will be bestowing the crown onto the winner at the MGIS Grand Final. She will also be accompanied by two Sarawakian beauties, Miss International Nicole Landon and Miss World University Naomi Sim.
The top three (3) winners of MGIS will receive a crown with sash, cash prizes, sponsored prizes and a paid trip to Miss Global International Malaysia (MGIM), where they will represent Sarawak, with fully sponsored wardrobes.
Before the grand final, they will undergo two months of intensive training at a beauty camp before departing for the national-level competition to be held in Miri this August.
“It is important for them to be well-groomed before they compete at MGIM. We need to ensure they are top-notch and ready to represent the state at the renowned competition,” Simbor added.
Miss Global International Malaysia (MGIM) is the pageant franchise holder for Miss International, the third largest beauty pageant in the world behind Miss Universe and Miss World. MGIM is also the franchise holder for minor beauty pageants including the Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Globe and World Miss University.
The winner for MGIM will then be representing Malaysia at the Miss International Global 2015 to be held this November in Tokyo, Japan.
After this audition, there will be a fashion show, and a national costume presentation to be held at CityONE Megamall Kuching on March 28 and April 25 respectively, to introduce these 20 beautiful contestants in dazzling attire sponsored by Metrojaya Collections.
Members of the public who wish to attend the Grand Final of the MGIS competition, can purchase tickets from the organiser at 013-8220787 (Nicky), 019-8444771 (Akim), or 016-8778341 (Gebriel). Tickets are priced from RM1,000 to RM3,000 per table, or RM100 per seat. There are also theatre seats available, priced at RM40 with no food provided.