Mrs Gorgeous World 2018, held for the second year running recently at Syeun Hotel, was a pageant with a twist. Charity-based, it was aimed to highlight the irreplaceable, varied role of women, particularly married women as providers and mothers in building a strong society. A total of 24 finalists from 28 to 70 years of age vied for the title, a testament to beauty without age limits.
Amid the glitz and glamour, part of the proceeds from the pageant was donated to Tabung Harapan Malaysia (RM3000), DJY Charity Team (RM3000), Lions Club of Ipoh Centennial (RM3000), MMA Chan Meng Khor Dialysis Centre (RM3000) and Pertubuhan Cheongsam Perak (RM1000). A charity auction was held in which a pair of resplendent jade earrings worth RM16,000 received the highest bid of RM26,000.
As a platform to discover inner qualities such as confidence, the entrants came from all over the nation with one contestant hailing from Chongqing, China. Attended by over 700, the symbolic pageant was presented by EWO Events Management & Marketing Sdn Bhd.
Among the VIPs present were Toh Muda Dato’ Ab Wahab bin Dato’ Seri Azizul Hassan, Territorial Chief of Kinta, Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham, Perak Legislative Assembly Speaker, Charlene Mok, Mrs Malaysia World 2012, Alice Ong, Mrs International 2017 Champion, Datin Janet Yeoh, Datin Caroline Wong and Dato’ Dr Wenddi Anne Chong.
Sally Tan Kim Siok, 60, was crowned winner for the diamond category while Maggie Thiong, 42, emerged top for the crystal category.
“I had bone spur which developed in the spine. After it was healed, I was really grateful to once again be able to wear high heels, dance, do the catwalk and participate in pageants. Thanks to the encouragement of my friend, this is the eighth contest I’ve joined in order to broaden my horizons and obtain more friends. For aspiring contestants, don’t give up even if you didn’t get any prize. If you have faith in yourself, opportunity will be aplenty. Be the best version of yourself even while speaking, sitting, walking and standing,” Sitiawan-born Sally Tan, who has a 26-year-old son and a 32-year-old daughter, shared with Ipoh Echo.