Miss Earth Penang – Beauties with a green mission

NEWLY crowned Miss Earth Penang 2010 winner Nicole Khor Hui Shan has pledged to be a good role model and do her part in instilling a more environmentally friendly mindset amongst the pu-blic.
The 24-year-old public relations graduate said she did not litter, did not use plastic bags and tried to cut down on paper consumption whenever possible, believing that her green lifestyle would help inspire others.
“I wish to spread awareness on environmental issues and save my family and friends from a polluted world,” she declared during the Q&A round of the pageant’s state-level grand finals cum charity gala dinner held at G Hotel recently.
Her answer, in addition to the poise and elegance she displayed while strutting the catwalk over six rounds — cocktail wear, casual wear, Heineken uniform presentation, slimming wear, office wear and evening wear, impressed the judges sufficiently and gained her the co-veted title.
Her elder sister Danielle, who won Miss Malaysia Queen International 2006, later emerged to crown her.
Besides the tiara, Nicole also took home RM2,000, a sash, a one-year modelling contract and sponsored products.
“I’m so excited and happy to be the outstanding one today. I had only hoped for a top three placing initially,” the elated lass said after the prize presentation ceremony.
The event was part of the largest environmental-themed international beauty pageant — the Miss Earth, an annual search for beauty queens, who are also strong and effective advocates for the planet, in line with the contest’s ideals.
With her win, Nicole will represent the state in the national grand finals in Ipoh next month, where the winner will go on to carry the hopes of a nation in the world finals in Vietnam in November.
The confident lass fancied her chances in the national finals, but nevertheless said she would do her homework and leave nothing to chance.
Two mass communications students, Laureen Quah and Chee Hui Ming, grabbed second and third places respectively.
While a tad disappointed at finishing as the runner-up, Quah felt she gave it her best shot and was proud of her performance.
“This pageant is very factual and scientific, and you need to arm yourself with all the facts,” said Quah, who at 17 was the youngest participant.
In her eloquent Q&A presentation, she suggested that environmental studies be taught to the younger generation in school, so they would grow up understanding the importance of protecting the Earth.
In addition, she wanted to see heavier punishment for illegal loggers as a deterrent, while also hoping that more trees would be planted to create a greener environment.
"The Earth is in a very horrible condition, and lots can be done to improve it,” insisted Quah, who practises composting and recycling at home.
Chee, 20, signed up for the contest without any expectation, despite being last year’s Miss Pesta runner-up, and was rather delighted with her third placing.
It was her fifth pageant, and she believed her previous experience helped as it allowed her to better connect with the judges and showcase herself more grace-fully.
A green warrior herself, Chee has avoided using polystyrene containers for months, while also opting to download her study notes on soft copy instead of printing them out.
“This will help reduce paper consumption. After all, once you’re done with the subject, you’ll eventually throw it away,” she said.
“I’ve been trying to engage my family and friends in going green,” she said.
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