First Impressions: Miss Chinese International Pageant 2012 Contestants

Hong Kong TVB’s annual-held Chinese pageant, Miss Chinese International, 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 15, let’s take a look at the final round of contestants from across the globe. 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.

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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. 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, in her portrait.

Biliya, who seems to be a combination of Hong Kong stars Carina Lau and Sharon Chan, 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.

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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. 😉

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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.

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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.

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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.

Being the byproduct of celebrities Norman Chui and Shirley Yim’s genes (Michelle Yim’s older sister), do we see a resemblance here? She reminds me of an older version of Grace Wong as well.

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The before photos of these Greater China representatives were quite unattractive, but with proper makeup, they are acceptable, although still very plain-looking. Una is perhaps the best-looking one of the bunch although she could smile more.

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Rebecca’s portrait radiates the greatest personality in offering us a confident-bordering-arrogant, strong, yet feminine woman. Having won the Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant in August 2011, replaced Fala Chen in TVB’s upcoming grand production The Prominent Family, and will have a possible role in the popular Triumph in the Skies II, co-starring hot actor Ron Ng, it should be no surprise that TVB might play favoritism games here. 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 standouts while the remainder appears to be bystanders. 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 and Maggie Cheung Hoi-Yee), hot shots, and audiences’ favorites has had a career-turnaround.

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, I’m not too sure if they will fare as well as we wish them to. 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 their Q&A segment.