THIS Mothers Day, homemaker Chan Yoke Peng, 33, decided that it was more meaningful to come on stage and show society what mothers are made of.
Tall, slender, with youthful, exotic looks, it is hard to imagine that Chan, who is of Chinese-Indian heritage, is a mother of three, aged six to 12.
Donning long, beautiful gowns that frame her lithe body well, she performed numerous catwalks and sung a classical Chinese song on stage, winning her first place in the Ipoh Parade Supermom 2018 pageant.
Thanks to her victory, it would surely be a Mothers Day for her to remember as she walked away with RM10,000 cash and other prizes.
As she has been staying at home to look after her kids for slightly more than a decade, Chan said she was nervous about joining pageants like this at first.
“I was worried I might end up making a fool out of myself since I rarely leave my home now.
“I didn’t want to appear like an airhead on stage,” she said after being named the champion of the pageant at Ipoh Parade shopping centre last Sunday.
However, experience proved to be a valuable asset for Chan as this was her second time joining the mall’s pageant.
“I first joined in 2016 and I won third place. I decided to do it again because since young, I’ve always loved being on stage and I enjoy the process of competing in pageants.
“My husband was against the idea at first, but he was happy to know that I won and I trust that my winning first place will make him even happier this year,” she said.
On her looks, Chan said she has often been mistaken for a Malay or a foreigner.
“When they found out that I could speak Chinese, they always felt surprised,” she said, adding that she had received formal Chinese education during her schooling years.
Chan said she would use most of the cash prize for her three sons’ education.
“I also plan to give some of the money to my mother to thank her for taking care of me all these years,” she said, adding that she would also save some for travelling with her husband.
In second place was cosmetic consultant Sally Ing, 44, who won RM5,000 cash and prizes, and oldest contestant Tiong Mee Keng, 70, won third place.
Tiong took home RM2,000 cash and prizes.
Other honourable mentions were Best Talent, which went to homemaker Chia Chiew Hoon, 55, for her stunning yoga demonstration, and Most Photogenic, won by businesswoman Sandra Liew, 59.
Supermom was held in conjunction with Mothers Day, which saw supermodel Amber Chia returning as the chief judge.