KUCHING (Bernama): Sarawakian lass Larissa Ping was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2018 after beating 11 other contestants in the final rounds here Saturday night (Sept 8).
The 19-year-old beauty received the crown from jury members Nabila Huda and Carmen Soo and took home RM30,000 in cash, trophies and other prizes.
Larissa also won the Top Talent and Miss Photogenic awards.
Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Ping, as the winner, would also be Sarawak Tourism Ambassador for 2019.
"I am confident that through this prestigious event and as the winner, you will be able to assist in promoting the state of Sarawak at the international level and at the same time promote eco-tourism in the country.
"The event is watched by millions of viewers worldwide, I am proud Sarawak has been selected as one of the locations for prestigious occasion," he said
The finals Miss World Malaysia 2018 final was themed "Beauty with a Purpose" and was held at the Borneo Convention Centre here.
Also present were Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datin Patinggi Juma'ani Tuanku Bujang as well as Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib, the wife of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
A total of 12 contestants vied for the Miss World Malaysia 2018 title.
The second and third places were won by Naomi Sim, 26, also from Sarawak and Shennon Jade, 24, from Kuala Lumpur.
They took home cash prizes of RM5,000 and RM3,000 respectively, and also tiaras and trophies.
Other winners were Francisca Luhong James, Sarawak (People's Choice category), Larissa Ping, Sarawak (Miss Photogenic), Zane Wong, Kuala Lumpur (Miss Personality), Shannon Jade, Kuala Lumpur (Miss Elegance), Larissa Ping, Sarawak (Top Talent) and Francisca Luhong James (Top Model). – Bernama
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Praise the Lord. First photo I would like to post as Miss World Malaysia would be this. God gave me parents who are perfect role models to me and they are the ones who have made me who I am today. All I want to see is to put a smile on people’s face especially my parents, and I dedicate this winning to them. ?? Thank you mum and dad for being my biggest supporters and my strongest backbone. Here’s to a new beginning, and more lives being touched. Amen.
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Today is the day. Everyday I remind myself why I joined this in the first place and this reminder has never faded in my mind. Thank you to all of you for keeping me grounded every single day, for reminding me that God has greater plans and they are many things that are out of our control but we just gotta smile and go on. Just being this far is a great blessing and I’m trying to cherish every single moment - good and bad. ?? whether or not the crown is mine, I have already had a crown in my heart - a crown that comes with the responsibility to do good, and to empower young people to make this world a better place. Much love.