Kuala Lumpur – The top 17 finalists of The Next Miss Universe Malaysia (TNMUM) 2015 were announced by the Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (MUMO) after a six-month search in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.
They are Amanda Khong, 25, April Tang, 24, Ashley Ahn, 22, Gloria Tneh, 23, Jasveer Sandhu, 26, Jenny Wong, 23, Kelly Jagan, 25, Kohinoor Kaittiani, 22, Meera Maniar, 23, Nisha Kumar, 24, Pauline Tan, 21, Pauline Thong, 21, Shaelina Martin, 22, Shalini Mathialagan, 20, Sugeeta Chandran, 25, Vaishnevi Thanaseharan, 23, and Vanessa Tevi, 23.
Most of them have impressive backgrounds, such as university degree holders, internet entrepreneurs, nurses and writers.
The contestants will undergo four weeks of intensive training where they will be tested on catwalk, styling, public speaking and more.
Behind-the-scenes footage and training programmes will be filmed and broadcasted on TV8.
Fans can also watch the finalists in a series of webisodes, which include the training sessions, preparation and other exclusive footage on MUMO’s YouTube channel beginning the second week of February next year before it continues on TV8 in mid-March.
There will also be a TNMUM mobile application available for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Playstore for fans to vote for their favourite finalists.
Another exciting development for MUMO fans this year is the Miss Universe Malaysia merchandise where fans can purchase memorabilia such as autographed photos and postcards set to launch next month.
MUMO national director and Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 winner Carey Ng said the Miss Universe Malaysia title holder could expect a life-changing experience once she wore the crown.
”She will carry the title wherever she goes and automatically become a public figure. She will have a platform to brand herself and carry out what she is passionate about.
“She will also have opportunities to network with prominent, influential figures worldwide and work with leading fashion players,” Ng said at the press conference.
The local pageant for Miss Universe Malaysia 2015 will be held in Kuala Lumpur in April next year. The winner will receive a RM48,000 cash prize and sponsored prizes worth more than RM100,000. She will also represent Malaysia in the Miss Universe pageant later next year.
Also present at the press conference was Miss Universe Malaysia 2014 winner Sabrina Beneett who will represent Malaysia in the Miss Universe 2014 pageant in Miami, Florida, United States in January next year.
TNMUM fans can follow the finalists’ journey and updates via the Miss Universe Malaysia Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts, mobile app and website www.missuniversemalaysia. com.my.