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Wednesday September 12, 2007
By CAROLYN OOI
The highlight of the event at the G Hotel ballroom in Penang was the Grand Millennium and Cultural Creative Make-up Show 2007 where 15 makeup artists displayed their creativity in not only makeup but also nail and body art.
Convocation organising chairman Leslie Hong said the creations by the artists were chosen to befit the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence and also Visit Malaysia 2007.
“It is extra special this year because we want to promote Malaysia, a multicultural country, as our guests and students are from all around Asia.
“The show features our colourful country and also showcases the latest trend in creative makeup”, said Hong.
In the Cultural Creative Make-up Show, the audience was awed by the models’ skilfully painted faces, bodies and nails where the colours and ornamental headgears matched the themes they modelled.
The themes were Mystery Queen of Kebaya by Patrick Chew, Cheongsam Reinvented by Aerial Khoo, The Perfection Merge of Indo-China by Cecelia Yong and Chinese Ethnic Splendour by Amy Tan.
As the names suggested, models strutted down the catwalk in striking modernised traditional outfits paired with large ornaments and headgears.
Indian, Malay and Chinese contemporary dances were performed before each of the four models sashayed gracefully down the catwalk.
True to its name, the Millennium Creative Make-Up Show portrayed the modernised and fairytale world only the creative could possibly imagine.
The themes, which were given equally fascinating names, were Dancing Fairy by Elaine Teh, One Night in Middle East by Joanne Khor, Ice Mermaid by Chnis Heng, Fascination Anguine by Poyce Lim, Irresistible Angel by Maggie On, The Reinvention of Style by Rianne Tai, Artistic Mask by Christy Neoh, Essence of Recycling by Samantha Leong, Foxy Lady by Shina Ng, Dream Destroyer by Bennie Cheah and Dream Girl by Danny Oh.
Many in the audience murmured "oohs" and "ahhs" as they were bedazzled by the beautifully choreographed show which was tastefully dramatised with each theme.
There was also a presentation of songs and a dance by five graduating students of the academy.
Among them was Diploma of Beauty Aesthetics graduand Chan Ai Chia who captivated the audience with her almost perfect rendering of Theresa Teng’s Ye Lai Xiang (Fragrance of The Night) and Xiao Cheng Gu Shi (The Tale of A Small Town).
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