Hong Kong TVB’s annual-held Chinese pageant, Miss Chinese International (國際華裔小姐競選), is right around the corner. While we await for the final show to determine which Chinese beauty encompasses the desired qualities of beauty, class, intelligence, and confidence to take home the crown, titles of the runner-ups, and the many side awards on the evening of January 15th, let’s take a look at the final round of contestants from across the globe, shall we? This year the company has specially categorized the 28 contestants into three categories, each ranging from either the Asia-Pacific region, Euro-America region, or Greater China region. Since certain regions have two representatives, it would be interesting to see them in competition.
Besides evaluating their physical attributes in consideration of their placement and their personalities (which is quite impossible considering how less time the contestants has before the final show) in giving them an edge, don’t forget that this is mainly a platform for TVB to recruit potential artists for their business perhaps.
From the two Auckland representatives, Bianca appears to be the more outstanding one with a semi-exotic appearance in her eye contact and smile. At certain angles, her eyes and smile is a reminder of Hong Kong actress and the recently married, Yoyo Chen (陳自瑤). Since there appears to be a shorter distance between her nose and lips, over-smiling will be a disadvantage for her. Hopefully, she has an unique enough personality to balance out any possible shortcomings she may have. Hillibe, on the other hand, resembles Miss Hong Kong 2006 first runner-up, Janet Chow (周家蔚), in her portrait.
Biliya, who seems to be a combination of Hong Kong stars Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) and Sharon Chan (陳敏之), appears to have a welcoming face, basing from the portrait.
Emily from Kuala Lumpur appears more mature than her fellow competitors, but I seem to favor her trendy short hair over the many girls who have similar long hair. Also, her smile seems effortless although I hope to see a more ladylike side of her on the night of the final.
One of the two Fala Chen-look-alikes exposed before the public this year, Lenna Lim is a hot favorite of many, mainly for her high spirited personality and radiated smile. I am greatly anticipating her performance and hearing her speak in Cantonese. If she places (fingers-crossed!), maybe we can see her along with Fala Chen and Rebecca Zhu as siblings in a future TVB series! 😛
Despite being one of the tallest contestants this year, Michelle appears to have an unnatural and awkward smile. Sorry, points off for the latter.
The two contestants from Melbourne, although are decent-looking, are quite plain. Perhaps if their confidence levels rise with well-rounded personalities, Mr. Miracle may find them, but that also depends on whether Mrs. Luck approves. 😉
Although Kelly from Chicago appears to be a hot favorite this year, we will have to see how she fares on the night of the final.
Jasmine has a fine elegance in her, but this portrait did not do justice to her eyes perhaps. I am still tipping Hilary for Miss Photogenic! She is one of my choices for top three, in fact.
From the portrait, Susan is a reminder of TVB actress (who is widely known for playing one of the cooking girls, Blueberry, on Beautiful Cooking), Kibby Lau (劉俐), meaning gorgeousness, plastic surgery or not. And no implications here, of course. 🙂
Being the byproduct of celebrities Norman Tsui (徐少強) and Shirley Yim’s (雪梨) (Michelle Yim’s (米雪) older sister) genes, do we see a resemblance here? She reminds me of an older version of Grace Wong (王君馨) as well.
The before photos of these Greater China representatives cannot be placed on the dinner table, but with proper makeup, I suppose they were given an invitation too. Although they are still very plain-looking, every restaurant needs some waitresses anyway. Una is perhaps the best-looking one of the bunch although it wouldn’t hurt to flash us a surprise smile.
Rebecca’s portrait radiates the greatest personality in offering us a confident-bordering-arrogant, strong, yet feminine woman. But having won the Miss Hong Kong Beauty Pageant (香港小姐競選) in August 2011, replaced Fala Chen (陳法拉) in TVB’s upcoming grand production The Prominent Family, will have a possible role in the popular Triumph in the Skies II, and only to co-star opposite of hot actor Ron Ng (吳卓羲), what else can we expect other than confidence from her? (Just kidding!) Hopefully, this level of confidence for her will be a boost in her brilliance in performance that evening!
Despite increasing the number of competitors this year, only a select few are here to win while the remainder appears to be here to “read with the prince” (it’s a Chinese proverb meaning bystanders, for those of you who are scratching your heads). Perhaps winning is only a bonus and many mainlanders and girls from all over the world are hoping to enter the entertainment industry via this route. History tells us that champions are not always guaranteed a successful acting career while many finalists (Kenix Kwok (郭可盈) and Maggie Cheung Hoi-Yee (張可頤)), hot shots, and audiences’ favorites has experienced a career-turnaround.
BAAAAAAAAAAAAAM, good luck girls!
Jue: Who are your top favorites this year?
TVB should increase the training period for the MCI pageant. With less than a month to prepare these girls, we really don’t have enough time to get to know these girls. Also, despite the many more pretty ladies for the MCI pageant, one of the main reasons I favor the MHK one more is the Cantonese-fluent contestants. My limited knowledge of Mandarin remains a wall towards my understanding of them during the Q&A segment.