ANIE Uson from Manila in the Philippines was crowned Miss Chinese World 2023 at Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Joan Angelina from Tangerang, Indonesia, was first runner-up while third place went to Malaysia’s Yoong Jia Yi from Melaka.
Themed “The Beauty of Hearts, The World of Wisdom”, the contest saw the finalists showcasing their personalities and talents while advocating for Chinese values and history.
The pageant is the brainchild of Miss Chinese World president Tan Sri Danny Ooi.
He said it celebrated Chinese traditions dating back thousands of years, and was a platform to promote peace, goodwill, friendship and tourism.
The 11-day competition followed the journey of 17 finalists during their tourism-related promotional activities.
Their tour of Petaling Street, Kwai Chai Lane, Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Ancestral Hall Temple and Thean Hou Temple was included in a video to further promote Chinese culture.
The finalists also took part in a catwalk parade at Symposium Mansion, showing off oriental wear and Greek goddess- inspired dresses.
The subsidiary title of Miss Symposium Elegant was awarded to Kittiyaporn Lanon from Si Sa Ket, Thailand.
The grand final was judged by a panel of seven former Miss Malaysia winners.
The finalists performed a “Spring in Bloom” themed dance in their traditional costumes.
Kimberlyn Sugianto from Pontianak, Indonesia, was named the Best In Traditional Costume subsidiary title winner.
The delegates then took to the stage to show off their dance prowess.
Various dances from different regions were performed including Dun Hwang “Fei Tian Dance”, Soong and Qing Dynasty dances.
The finalists dazzled the crowd in their evening gown catwalk showcase, with a final parade in the elegant qi pao made by Emerald Brilliant Tailored Cheongsam.
The Top 5 Best In Talent award delegates won the crowd over with their singing and dancing, with Joanne Clare Deaves from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, winning Best in Talent.
Guest singers for the night were Oh Poh Yen and Chun Ming Xuan from Estee Pook Academy.
An extra special feature this year was the collaboration between Miss Chinese World and MetaLive Sdn Bhd which introduced a special voting contest via the metaverse platform.
The public will get a chance to vote for their favourite Miss Chinese World MetaLive Popularity 2023 until Sept 30 this year.
To vote, visit http://metaliveworld.io/
Exciting prizes await lucky voters.