MEET THE 18 FINALISTS OF MISS SINGAPORE BEAUTY PAGEANT 2018

August 06, 2018

It's been exactly a year since the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 Saga happened where an unofficial photograph drew lots of hate and flak towards the finalists. Yet, each and every one of them stood tall throughout the pageant and stayed true to themselves amidst all the hate received. 

What's next? I thought. 

2018 also marks the 30th Anniversary of Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant (not to be confused with Miss Universe Singapore) that's organised by ERM Singapore.

This year, we will be witnessing the coronation of Three Main Titles which will be fought by 18 finalists, the titles are:

Miss Singapore Global Tourism 2018
Miss Singapore Chinatown 2018
Miss Singapore Global Beauty Queen 2018

In support of their motto "Beauty with A Heart", ERM and Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant has partnered up with Handicap Welfare Association (HWA) this year as part of their Charity Involvement Project for the finalists to join the cause and to support the organization.

The finalists got to engage and interact with the beneficiaries of HWA by visiting the centre while going for an excursion trip to S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. Other than the excursion, the finalists also had a lunch session together with the beneficiaries at Old Street Bak Kut Teh where meaningful conversations were shared over a simple lunch as the finalists and beneficiaries bonded.

On 5th August, the finalists met the public for the first time at One KM Mall where they made their Self-Introductions, performed their Talent Segment, had their Fashion Showcase for Blumix of Blum & Co. as well as Swimwear Showcase for Inner Desire.

Would like to specially thank ERM once again for having me to cover the event this year!

So, let's meet the finalists of Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2018!

(Note: Finalists #14, #18 were not present at the event, will be sharing their official photographs instead.)

#1 - Jasmine Towers
Jasmine is 22 years old this year, and she is currently an university student.



#2 - Hani 
Hani is 22 years old this year, and she is currently Graphic Design Student. Her hobbies include singing and kickboxing.



#3 - Qian Yi
Qian Yi is 21 years old this year, and she is currently an undergraduate. She loves to read and play her favourite instrument, which is the Guzheng.



#4 - Jerlyn Koh
Jerlyn is 21 years old this year, currently a student and she loves to sing and dance. 



#5 - Jasa Tee
Jasa is 24 years old this year, she studied design previously. 



#6 - Regina Chew
Regina is 28 years old this year, and she is currently a freelance events model. Her hobbies include singing, dancing and travelling.


#7 - Velda Ashley Wong
Velda is 25 years old this year, and she graduated recently with a degree in communications and new media. She is currently a researcher. Her hobbies include going to the gym and playing the piano.



#8 - Anna Dong
Anna is 22 years old this year, and she is currently working as a compliance officer in a local bank. She is also a freelance piano teacher. She enjoys playing the piano as well as travelling.




#9 - Megan Chong
Megan is 22 years old this year, and she is currently a business undergraduate. Her hobbies include gymnastics and dancing. 


#10 - Katie Dai
Katie is 27 years old this year, and she is working as a management associate. Her hobbies include travelling, photography and swimming. Standing at 1.79M, she is the tallest finalist in the pageant. (which means she'll be about 1.94M in 6 Inches heels!!)



#11 - Alavie Lee
Alavie is 23 years old this year, and her hobbies include hiking and travelling.



#12 - Sarah Chang
Sarah is 27 years old this year, and she is currently an events planner. Her hobbies include singing, dancing and playing the piano. She creates beautiful memories for people through events. 




#13 - Candice Li
Candice is 19 years old this year, and she is currently an undergraduate at NUS Law. Her hobbies include badminton, reading and writing. 




#14 - Jasmine Tan




#15 - Shantini
Shantini is 22 years old this year, her hobbies include dancing and reading. Currently working as a bartender, you may remember her name by the tagline of "Shantini makes the best Martinis".



#16 - Michelle Poa
Michelle is 20 years old this year, and she is currently an undergraduate student. She enjoys badminton, swimming and dancing. 



#17 - Corrine Lim
Corrine is 26 years old this year, and she is works as a customer care officer. She enjoys dancing as well because it's a way of self expression for herself.



#18 - Angelia Lim



After the Self Introduction, we moved on to the Talent Showcase!

Dancing? Singing? Instruments? You name it, the finalists may just have it.

The finalists were judged by a panel of experts comprising of:


  1. Ms Queenie Sia - Miss Singapore 2017 First Runner Up, Best in Talent 2017 (watch snippets of her performances here from 2:14 onwards)
  2. Ms Christina Cai - Miss Singapore Chinatown 2017, Top 4 for Talent Segment in 2017 (watch snippets of her performance here from 1:29 onwards)
  3. Mr Jay Lim - Principal & Music Producer of Lee Wei Song School of Music
  4. Ms Sumini Sakri - Classic Mrs Singapore Globe 2014 (Known for her amazing Belly Dance skills)
  5. Mr Juno Lin - Managing Director of SuperSeed Media
  6. Ms Jasmine Chye - Miss Singapore Global Beauty Queen 2014   

Hop on over to my Youtube Channel on this link to view snippets of their performances! Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!

#1 - Jasmine Towers





 #2 - Hani



#3 - Qian Yi





#4 - Jerlyn Koh




#5 - Jasa Tee




#6 - Regina Chew






#7 - Velda Wong





#8 - Anna Dong






#9 - Megan Chong






#10 - Katie Dai






#11 - Alavie Lee






#12 - Sarah Chang





#13 - Candice Li






#15 - Shantini






#16 - Michelle Poa





#17 - Corrine Lim





One of the highlights is definitely the judges' comments. We had our very sharp-tongued Christina and Sumini who gave very good comments and feedback for all the finalists.

When it comes to belly dancing, contemporary dance, girls style, singing or even fitness aspects - don't play play with our judges!

Moving on, after the Talent Showcase - we have the Fashion Showcase brought to you by Blumix of Blum & Co paired with beautiful pageant heels from Anna Nucci Italy.

Do head over to Youtube to watch the Fashion Showcase! Might not have pictures of all the ladies.














After the Fashion Showcase, the most exciting segment of the day came.

Swimwear.

Brought to you by Inner Desire, paired with beautiful pageant heels from Anna Nucci Italy. Make-Up was done by School of Make-Up and the finalists also had Maxim contact lenses on! Not to forget, the presenting sponsor 300% Positive (As seen on the sash)





















And that's it! 

The crucial moment then came where the results of the Top 4 Finalists who will be performing their talent segment once again during the Grand Finals to view for "Best In Talent 2018" were being announced. 

Before that, some candid shots!

MC Jackie working hard! Did amazingly great!






In no particular order!

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Here are your Top 4 Finalists for Talent Showcase!


(From left to right: #9 - Megan Chong, #6 - Regina Chew, #3 - Qian Yi, #12 - Sarah Chang)

Another thing... the finalists' numbers are in multiples of 3 LOL. #sidenote


Final pose with Judges & the Emcee!



Well done ladies for the great show!

Some insights from me now - 

Well, as usual many photographers and fans were there to take pictures.. and I must say this is by far one of the few batches that actually stood out because many of the finalists were very tall. 

This year, we also had a finalist who took the challenge of joining Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2018 - despite being different

I didn't get to talk to every single one of them, but I managed to have a short interview session with one of the finalists, Sarah Chang

The first thing that comes to my mind when I see Sarah is the word Confidence. How she struts down on the stage, how she talks and how she presents herself. 

Many wondered and a few DM-ed me asking me, a finalist? You sure

Time to bring out my favourite personal quote of all time when it comes to pageants:

Beauty is subjectiveand we cannot force people who conform to a certain "beauty standards" to step out and represent; likewise we cannot stop those who aren't of a certain "beauty standard" to stop what they believe in doing.

Sarah used to be a Pepsi girl who appeared on a Pepsi Advertorial when she weighed 20 kilos+ lesser. Due to Stress and Hormonal Imbalance, she started to gain weight. 

Joining MSBP 2018, she hopes to embrace body positivity, with the likes of Ashley Graham or even Demi Lovato; even though she still has issues to face.

Recently, many would have seen the picture/video of CL of 2NE1 (already disbanded) where she actually gained lots of weight. Despite that, CL's fans are still supporting her. 

(Image taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7JZpj56Cdw)

But ultimately, what matters is that CL is still that baddest female.

When I asked Sarah if losing weight was important?

She answered that being healthy is a priority. From the start of her MSBP journey, she has already lost 8 Kilos and I personally feel that this is an amazing feat. 

Nope, no starvation or fad diets but purely through hard work and determination. 

Even like Ashley Graham, she does intensive workouts only to maintain and to stay healthy. 

Sarah has proved herself by walking out confidently in that one piece swimsuit, singing with her beautiful voice and not afraid to speak up especially in this digital age.

Maybe, a discussion will start on Reddit, Hardwarezone or so criticising about Sarah, but guess what? I think she's definitely strong enough and capable enough to live beyond the comments of others.

It was great talking to Sarah and here's a wefie!


Maybe I'll have more interview sessions? Who knows!

Remember to watch the video of the Talent Showcase and Fashion Showcase here.



Time for the Top Picks & Favourites time!

Here are my Top Picks in no particular order for Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2018 based on their performances/self-introduction:

#8 - Anna Dong
#9 - Megan Chong 
#10 - Katie Dai
#11 - Candice Li
#12 - Sarah Chang 

Anyway.. coming up next would be the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2018 Preview Show that will be held at Neverland Clarke Quay on the 16th of August! If you wish to vote for Miss Popularity 2018, here's your chance! Tickets will be sold at $38 each, inclusive of drinks and a voting chip. Do contact ERM @ 64811566 if you wish to purchase!

Also.. Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2018 Grand Finals will be held on the 1st of September 2018 at Orchid Country Club Grand Ballroom! As usual - for tickets, kindly contact ERM! 

I can't wait for the Preview Show to see how much the ladies have improved from yesterday.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates then! 
Follow me on my Instagram @thirteentuesday 

Till the next post.



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