29 July 2012, Singapore – The organizers of Miss Singapore Universe beauty pageant unveiled the top 14 finalists (from over 100 applicants) this afternoon at a media conference held at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore which will also be the venue of the Grand Finals on 9 September 2012. Reigning Miss Universe Singapore 2011 winner Valerie Lim was present to assure that the quality of the pageants come with both beauty and brains.
This will be the last year that the pageant is open to contestants who are female by birth. Next year, Miss Universe will be open to transgenders as well. Earlier this year, Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova made history by being the first transgender to participate.
♛ Louissa Thomas – 23 year old freelance model who has just graduated from Singapore Institute of Management with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communications. Louissa’s motivation to join the pageant is that minorities in Singapore should also have a chance to represent the country in this pageant.
♛ Catherine Chua – 18 year old Temasek Polytechnic student pursuing a diploma in Leisure and Resort Management wants to fulfill her longtime childhood dream as a beauty queen. Catherine’s passion is in arts and design and love for kids.
♛ Laine Sy – 25 year old is a houseman in one of the major hospitals in Singapore. She hopes to specialise in plastic surgery as a full-fledge doctor one day. Her passion is in music and possesses a diploma in classical piano. Laine believes in beauty with a purpose and that a woman should possess both inner and outer exposure.
♛ Sharmaine Toh ♛ – 23 year old honours degree in English and Literature. Passion and strength is in writing which has helped her overcome some of her biggest challenges and given her a unique perspective in life. She believes she represents the cultural diversity and uniqueness that is the essence of the Singapore spirit.
♛ Jody Liu ♛ – 22 year old social entrepreneur aims to inspire and guide all to a greener tomorrow. She volunteers in a non-profit green organisation Avelife. She hopes to utilize the exposure she gains from her journey to raise awareness of environmental issues and to motivate all to do their part to reduce, conserve and sustain for the future generation.
♛ Jasmine Seng ♛ – 18 year old Jasmine will enter to NUS Art and Social Science faculty this August. The bubbly teenager believes in being young only once and wants to make this journey a memorable one so she joined the pageant to hopefully achieve her childhood dream of being a beauty queen.
♛ Nowreen Khan ♛ – 24 year old Nowreen is the tallest of the girls at 177 cm tall. The final year Business Management diploma student from Nanyang Poly is a member of the Amnesty Organization for Human Rights. She hopes to be the face for the less favoured in the third world countries should she win the pageant.
♛ Lynn Tan ♛ – 24 year old Mergers and Acquisitions associate at Deloitte is a very confident candidate. A FHM Model Of the Year 2011 winner and Star Model winner at the Asia Models Festival in Korea, Lynn feels she has all it takes to do the nation proud in a global competition. She has passion, personality, intelligence, confidence and beauty to offer. She would further her volunteer work with the Riding for the Disabled Association.
♛ Belinda Teo ♛ – Turning 21 years old in November, Belinda is a freelance events model and helps her friend out in online blogging. As a Singapore Girl, Belinda hopes to be a beauty queen.
♛Wee Mei Mei ♛ – 19 year old Mei Mei likes spending time with loved ones. Joining Miss Singapore Universe has helped her overcome her fear of public speaking. She hopes to create awareness of animals as well as to build a bigger shelter for them should she win the pageant.
♛ Susanna To ♛ – 24 year old Susanna, a former art director, wants to marry the arts and charity should she win the pageant. Her keen sense in beauty strongly believes in beauty with a purpose. She hopes to empower people with physical disability by providing an avenue of self-expression through the arts.
♛ Goh Yi Ling ♛ – 19 year old part time model and Economics undergraduate loves long distance running as she believes that whatever we do to ourselves is a personal reflection of our attitude in life. She hopes that with her winning attitude, she would be able to further her cause of helping the elderly.
♛ Michelle Qiu ♛ – 19 year old marine fuels trader enjoys working with animals and has been a long term volunteer at SPCA. She has a zest for life and believes that everyone should try everything in life at least once to experience life and all its mysterious and wondrous ways.
♛ Melody Low ♛ – 19 year old model believes life is like a mirror. If you give it your best, the best will only reflect back at you. She hopes to be able to think back when she is old and smile at the experience she has gained from the pageant.
Hosting the grand finals will be Mike Kasem and Jean Danker from Class 95FM.
In addition to the top 3 winners, the following subsidiary titles will be awarded – Miss Crowning Glory, Miss Lumiere International 2012, Miss MZ Visionary, Best Legs, Miss Personality, Miss Body Beautiful & Miss Sensational Smile.
Meanwhile check out the highlights video of Miss Universe Singapore 2011’s top 3.