I was given an opportunity to watch Miss Chinese International Pageant 2017 live. To be honest, I know nothing about pageants. All I know is that usually pretty girls are involved and all they did is parade around in their fancy, colourful outfits.

But having watched them live, I discovered that it is more than just pretty girls prancing around. It is also about showcasing one’s talent and bridging culture and friendship.

Well known for hosting glamourous events and prestigious stars from all around the world, Resorts World Genting has once again become a home to beautiful ladies who participated in Miss Chinese International Pageant 2017. The classy event were held at Arena of Stars at Resorts World Genting in collaboration with TVB and MY.fm as the official media partner.

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This is the emcee for Miss Chinese International Pageant 2017, the famous and reputable Eric Tsang.

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Miss Chinese International Pageant is graced by renowned and glamorous panel of judges; Mr. Simon Yam, Mr.Wayne Lai, Ms. Niki Chow, Dato’ Nancy Yeoh and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, the event were literally taken a few notch higher with the contestants fiercely showcasing their grace, beauty, talent and intelligence to impress the judges.

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Eric Tsang with one of the judges before the pageant commenced.

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All of the contestants came from different backgrounds, countries and regions but each and every one of them shared one common trait; which is the Chinese Heritage.

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Below are contestants’ lineup list :

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Contestant no 1: Christina Liu, Auckand

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Contestant no 2: Gam Wonglappanich, Bangkok

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Contestant no 3: Crystal Fung, Hong Kong

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Contestant no 4: Addy Lee, Johannesburg

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Contestant no 5: Serene Lim, Kuala Lumpur

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Contestant no 6: Lili Qu, Los Angeles

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Contestant no 7: Janne Zeng, Manila

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Contestant no 8: Gloria Rong, Melbourne

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Contestant no 9: Bella Li, Foshan

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Contestant no 10: Alice Zhang, Montreal

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Contestant no 11: Stitch Yu, New York

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Contestant no 12: Steph Wong, San Francisco

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Contestant no 13: Lovelle Cengya, Singapore

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Contestant no 14: Emily Yu, Sydney

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Contestant no 15: Gloria Li, Toronto

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Contestant no 16: Maria Rincon, Vancouver

The competition of international stature is enriched by the diversity of its participants and offer a global platform for young Chinese women to showcase the essense of beauty, wisdom and compassion. These talented young ladies vied for the Miss Chinese International 2017 crown as well as First and second runner up spots and the title of Miss Friendship 2017. 

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Swimsuit showcasing

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One of the contestant in swimsuit

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Contestants are also required to answer IQ questions during swimsuit judging round.

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Swimsuit elimination round.

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Top 8 ladies

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Magic performance by contestant during talent showcasing.

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Futuristic dance by contestant

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Captivating dance by contestant during talent showcasing

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A little of Samba to spice up the evening

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Ice skating performance

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A drum solo to ‘It’s All About The Bass’ that actually rocks the evening.

After rounds of judging in all aspects of the common pageant competition, the winners that emerged are as follow:

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Winner of Miss Chinese International Pageant 2017-  Stitch Yu, New York

First Runner Up- Serene Lim, Kuala Lumpur

Second Runner up- Crystal Fung, Hong Kong

Miss Friendship- Addy Lee, Johannesberg

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It was an interesting to be able to watch this live. If you think pageants is all just about pretty girls in pretty clothes, then you are wrong. It is not easy to walk in high heels, what more showcase your talent on stage.