Miss Universe Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon, may not have won the “Best National Costume” prize, but she certainly has won the hearts of millions. This is evident by the amount of support pouring her way from fans, celebrities and even a former Miss Malaysia.
Arriving back in Kuala Lumpur today, Sekhon was all smiles as she touched down. Her composure and grace during the pageant’s controversial decision have earned her praises from local and international fans alike, and even Miss Malaysia 2011, Deborah Henry, who the 22-year-old’s described as her “all-time girl crush”.
Speaking to The Star, the KL native showed her love for the former Miss Malaysia. She praised the TV show host and model on her confidence and body language, while also sharing some other prominent figures she looked up to.
“I just love the way she carries herself and speaks, plus her self-confidence and body language,” the Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 told the newspaper. She added, “Some of the other icons that have inspired me as a model are Tyra Banks, Kendall Jenner and Cindy Bishop.”
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No words can ever describe how grateful am I to the Lord for this crazy journey of mine at @missuniverse I came across many new faces , made tons of friends , gained many sisters , got so many mothers and most importantly IT WAS CHRISTMAS SEASON YESTERDAY DURING BREAKFAST WHEN I RECEIVED GIFTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD ! . . . Many has been asking me questions and clarification about the National Costume . Well 4 countries were briefed to be on standby as we were Top 4 for National Costume and Philippines was part of it too . We were told that a picture would be displayed if we made it to top 20 and if we don’t , we would have to put it on . The entire day the crew went on finding my costume as I was told to be the WINNER . That is why I got into the costume too . . . . I am totally fine with it because in my eyes , every girl that came to compete is a winner ! Philippines or Malaysia. , there isn’t any difference because we are O N E ! ❤️ Congratulations @zozitunzi for the title too ! Truly deserving indeed and I can’t wait to see your journey !!! 🙏🏻❤️ . . Congratulations to the very beautiful @gazinii too ! Love you so much babe 😘❤️ . . . And to my fellow Malaysians , I can’t wait to be back and get to work ! Trust me , this is just the beginning ! I can’t wait to make you all proud ! I AM UNSTOPPABLE 🇲🇾💪🏻❤️ . . . #MissUniverse #MissUniverseMalaysia #MissUniverseMalaysia2019 #RoadToMissUniverse #ShwetaSekhon #BeautyBeyondYou #YourBodyYourSay
Sekhon should be happy to know her love for the “Bella” host was mutual, with the 34-year-old sending her love in the form of hearts in one of the models’ Instagram post. Malaysian supermodel, Amber Chia, also chimed in on the praise, telling her fellow model “Well done” in the same Instagram post.
For those unaware, the Miss Universe controversy started when host Steve Harvey was thought to have made another mistake by announcing Miss Philippines as the award winner instead of Miss Malaysia.
The official Twitter account of Miss Universe even posted a tweet announcing Miss Malaysia as the winner. However, just hours later, a new tweet was put up announcing Miss Philippines to be the actual winner of the category. The previous post about Miss Malaysia winning the “Best National Costume” category was then removed.
This mismanagement, understandably, had made quiet a lot of people feeling less than pleased with this year’s Miss Universe pageant. One of those people was Miss Universe Malaysia’s national director, Elaine Daly, who took to her social media to express her disappointment with the pageant’s management in a lengthy post, in which you can find below:
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I am extremely disappointed at how the Best National Costume announcement at Miss Universe has come to this. A few hours ago, during the live telecast just after the opening round, Shweta was asked to go backstage to change into her National Costume for it to be showcased as Best National Costume, and that’s what she did, and conducted interviews as well. When she came out, the host Steve Harvey announced Philippines as the winner and even when he approached to talk to Shweta, he still assumed he was talking to Philippines she of course corrected him and said it was Malaysia and not Philippines. And she continued to explain her costume. Malaysia, who has never been placed at Miss Universe nor won anything, rejoiced! 4 hours later, we found out via Twitter that Miss Philippines was the actual winner. I have taken sometime to reply anyone because I was waiting for an explanation from the Miss Universe Organisation. So I emailed Paula – the President and asked her to please clarify, Paula replied me and said that Philippines won the online voting, but the producing staff backstage picked their favorite and wanted to showcase her. However this was not explained on the show. To everyone who watched it, it was like as if Malaysia had won. Because why would you put a delegate in her costume, have her do interviews and then tell her that she actually didn’t win but was just the producing staff’s choice . I’m speechless but it is what it is. To all of you who have congratulated and made us feel special, I thank you. Shweta and her national costume will always be a winner to us. I mean, we did get all eyes on Malaysia and we got to show off our culture and heritage right?
Hopefully this mismanagement will not repeat itself in future events and we wish our Miss Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon, all the best as we all know she will be back soon enough, stronger than ever.