Miss Hong Kong title-holder Louisa Mak Ming-sze (麥明詩) is taking a shot at another beauty contest, but this time she is not the hot favorite.
In the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2016 this weekend, Mak will face off with Jennifer Ling Coosemans (朱亞琳) from Vancouver and other candidates from 12 countries.
Coosemans is seen as the frontrunner as she looks somewhat like Michelle Reis (李嘉欣), who won both the Miss Hong Kong and Miss Chinese International pageants in 1988.
For Mak, repeating her sweeping success, as she did five months ago, would be challenging.
All her shining academic excellence in Diocesan Girls’ School and Cambridge University may not be enough to land her the new crown given that her competitors have grown up in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Melbourne, Auckland and even South Africa, not to mention Singapore and Bangkok.
Even Mak knows that it wouldn’t be an easy contest. Among other candidates, she would have noticed that Sophia Wu (巫雪菲) bears a striking resemblance to the current Miss Hong Kong.
Wu hails from Jiangsu province, which is known for many famous Chinese beauties including actress Carina Lau Ka-ling.
Mak will also be aware that Mary Chen (陳舒菲) from New York is also in a very strong position due to her performance arts skills and sweet appearance. Mak, as a matter of fact, lost the top performance prize to Chen in a pre-competition talent show.
In her musical performance, Mak sang a popular song from Liza Wang with lyrics rewritten in English. She dedicated the performance to her mother.
“I have confidence in my performance, and hopefully will make into the final three,” said Mak, who wrote on Instagram that she believes she has an advantage as she is petite.
For sure, Mak still also has the home advantage. In a charm offensive, she took all the contestants for an outing in Hong Kong, buying them SIM cards and fruits. That should enable her to have a good shot at Miss International Goodwill, if nothing else.
That will be sweet for Mak, who won the Miss Hong Kong crown last year but didn’t get any hugs or kisses from fellow contestants. The scene in August last year looked very odd on live television.
TVB is the organizer of the Miss Hong Kong pageant as well as the Miss Chinese International gig.
Mak was the hot favorite to win the Miss Hong Kong title right from the start. She scored straight A’s in her school certificate exams before studying law at Cambridge University.
Naming legislators Audrey Eu Yuet-mee and Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee as her idols, Mak said she aspires to be an influential person like, say, the chief executive or secretary for justice.
It is not known what she specifically she wants to do in politics or business. Earlier, there had been reports that Mak was in discussions with TVB over a two-year artist contract.
Regarded as a person with both beauty and brains, she was a popular Miss Hong Kong, garnering 160,000 votes out of a total of 230,000 online ballots. But there will be no online voting in the weekend competition.
Well, in case she does not win this time, Mak will anyway have a shot at another, much bigger title — Miss Universe — later this year.
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