A new Miss World Malaysia has joined the ranks of the former beauty queens before her! On 18th October, Miss World Malaysia officially announced their recent crowned winner— Dr. Lavanya Sivaji.
As per tradition, she will be representing Malaysia in the upcoming Miss World beauty pageant which will be held in Puerto Rico in December. Currently, she’s preparing for the competition with plenty of support from Malaysians.
With all the buzz about our latest beauty queen, here are some fun facts to know her better:
1. Selangor born through and through.
Miss World Malaysia is open to both East and West Malaysians, but Dr. Lavanya is the consecutive second winner to originate from Selangor. She was born in Taman Seri Gombak, Batu Caves, but later moved to Rawang, Selangor when she was 9-years-old. She attended SMK Seri Garing, Rawang from 2009 to 2014.
2. Beauty with brains.
Looks aren’t everything and our new Miss World Malaysia knows it. In addition to holding her new title, she also holds a medical degree. She finally achieved it in 2020 after 6 years of studying medicine at the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Additionally, she did her housemanship at Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and gained many friends there.
3. Miss World Malaysia isn’t her first pageant.
Our current beauty queen has performed this song and dance before at Miss Malaysia Indian Global 2019! The competition was held last year, 22nd September at Hilton Petaling Jaya in Selangor. However, she was the third runner-up at that pageant, so Miss World Malaysia is her first win. The upcoming international competition will be her third pageant, and here’s to hoping she will clinch a win there as well!
4. Strong advocate for the Orang Asli community.
In addition to beauty and brains, Dr. Lavanya also has a passion for helping others, specifically the Orang Asli community. She’s the founder of an advocacy and charity project called 4Them which focuses on the Orang Asli community’s nutrition and health issues. Her most recent project is with the Mah Meri villagers from Pulau Carey. She’s helping them sell T-shirts!
Although she’s been busy with the pageants, she hasn’t allowed that to keep her away from her passion. In fact, she’s manage to merge the two. During the finals of Miss World Malaysia, Dr. Lavanya chose to showcase the traditional attire of the Mah Meri tribe. According to her, the costume was made from scratch.
With all her achievements, it’s clear Dr. Lavanya has the drive and will-power to achieve whatever she sets her mind to. Truly befitting of the Miss World Malaysia title.
We wish her luck and will continue to cheer her on as she gets ready for the Miss World pageant in December!