Oh, I can write an essay about pageants, beauty and a little about my secondhand experience with Miss Universe contest. But I probably wouldn’t have time to. So I’ll put my thoughts in point form:
1. Pageant takes a lot of guts. After seeing how the entire thing work, I have a new found respect for each and every contestant.
2. Beauty is subjective. But true beauty is all-encompasssing. Most people can’t see beyond looks because a truly beautiful person is so rare, many never experienced it to understand. Beauty is in their thoughts and movements, not just appearance. You have to see them speak, move and respond to situations and questions. Now that I think of it, I’ve met many attractive females but only a handful of beautiful women (Click for a possible definition)
3. When one of the judges (Gilliang Hung, I think) was asked what she’s looking for, she said “Drop dead presence”. Notice she didn’t say drop dead gorgeous. All girls are gorgeous. They are looking for something more (and I truly believed Vanessa has it)
Amanda did very well. She’s not one who vie for attention nor dominate conversations. She listens attentively and gives quietly. She’s gentle, thoughtful and hardworking. To be chosen from amongst thousands of Malaysian girls and make it to the finals is a feat, for pageant is about flaunting yourself. I always believe I can do anything, but I have serious doubts if I can gather the guts to strut on the stage in itsy bits tiny bikini. So proud of my Lil Sista!