Who knew the annual Miss Hong Kong competition could be so exciting? Even though they are only going through the application rounds, things have already played out in unpredictable ways.
The first round of interviews for the application sent shock waves as some ‘unexpected’ candidates successfully advanced. However, no one expected the eye-catching Kirsten Li (霍韻璇) to be eliminated before the second round had even begun!
On 11th June, Huo told her nominator Lin Zuo (林作) that she had advanced to the second round of interviews. He announced the news on Facebook and generated discussions among netizens. But to many’s surprise, Huo did not appear during the second round yesterday (16th June). Many were left wondering if the “Buddha Belle” had been eliminated.
Suspicions were further solidified when Lin Zuo posted a message on his Instagram Story saying “Kirsten cannot be left like this.” He suggested raising 1 million yuan via crowdfunding, saying the money would be used to allow Kirsten to enter the finals.
The “Buddha Belle” however decided to bow out gracefully. Instead, a video of her thanking her fans for their attention and support was released. She spoke fluent English and seemed sincere in thanking her fans. Netizens praised her demeanour during the video, saying she had a gentle voice which was lovely to listen to. Unfortunately, others took the opportunity to suggest ways to beautify herself, such as straightening her hair and losing weight.
Kirsten may not have made it past the Miss Hong Kong application round, but the publicity has done wonders for her. Apparently, the “Buddha Belle” isn’t only known for her resemblance to Buddha. She has released several songs and two albums under the name “Lenar Bata”.
Her introduction via the Miss Hong Kong competition has gained her some attention and recognition. Only time will tell if anything becomes of that. However, it cannot be denied; we may not have seen the last of her yet.