SHE was contestant No. 11. It was just a random number but it so happened Elise Lee went on to beat 11 others that day.
The 33-year-old mother of three boys aged between four and eight was speechless when she was crowned Gurney Plaza’s My Lovely Mum Penang winner recently, beating 11 other beautiful mothers in the contest on Labour Day.
“It was unexpected. I think this was due to luck. I am very happy. This is a very big Mother's Day present,” the marketing executive said.
Lee won prizes worth over RM13,000 which include six months of free gym membership, two free personal fitness training sessions, pearl jewellery, hair care and cosmetic products, eyewear, cash vouchers, and flight tickets and accommodation for two in Shenzhen, China.
She will represent Penang in the international My Lovely Mum contest in China on May 10 at Gurney Plaza's sister mall in Shenzen, which is also run by real estate company CapitalLand Retail Limited.
“Competing in China will be a very different experience. I am feeling a little pressured because I will be representing Penang.
“However, I feel deeply honoured to have this opportunity. I used to think that only young ‘misses’ get the chance to participate in inter-national pageants, not married women and mothers,” she said.
Lee also won three out of six subsidiary titles although she admitted she only hoped to win one.
Looking good in sportswear, casual and elegant wear, she was Most Photogenic Mum, Most Elegant Mum and Crowning Glory Mum.
The three subsidiary titles all together won her a digital camera worth RM500, a portrait of her, cosmetics worth RM500, hair care products worth RM500 and three pearl jewellery sets worth RM500 each.
Second was fitness instructor Sharon Wong Phui Huen, 36, who has a five-month-old daughter.
Third-place winner was Hannah Lim Mei Mei, 27.
Lim, a sales and marketing manager with three children aged between three and seven years old, was also Most Caring Smile Mum.
Most Body Fit Mum went to Tan Wei Nee, 24.
Mother of one and sales secretary Soo Pei Pei, 27, was Most Friendly Mum.