KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-crowned Miss Chinese International 2003, Rachel Tan Weng Kim, is ecstatic over winning the pageant in Hong Kong on Saturday.
“I’m honoured and feel really proud about being the first Malaysian to win the crown.”
“To be frank, I haven’t calmed down yet,” she said in a telephone interview from Hong Kong yesterday.
Tan, a 20-year-old law student at a local college, beat 19 other finalists in the Hong Kong TVB-hosted pageant.
She won HK$80,000 (RM40,000) and several thousand ringgit worth of jewellery and watches.
Tan said she did not expect to win. “The other contestants were very pretty and they were all fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. The competition was really tough. I did not want to pressure myself by setting expectations,” she said.
Tan is now busy attending events and promotions for TVB.
The Seremban-born beauty queen will spend Chinese New Year in Hong Kong as she will be appearing on TVB’s annual ‘live’ Chinese New Year programme.
“Fortunately, my family is here so I won’t be alone. They’re treating this as a vacation,” she said.
On her future plans, Tan said completing her studies was her priority.
“But if TVB offers me a good contract, I’ll definitely give it a go. However, it would have to be a one-year contract. A three-year contract would be too long as I want to get my degree first.” Tan is scheduled to return to Malaysia on Feb 2.
Astro's Wah Lai Toi will be repeating the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2003 on Feb 2 at 1.30pm and Miss Malaysia Chinese International Pageant 2002 on Feb 9 at 8pm.
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