Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Kimberley Leggett
My heart went out to the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization when they pulled out all stops to insure that their rep, Deborah Priya Henry, will take a semifinal spot in Sao Paulo’s Miss Universe 2011 but failed. Up to now, I couldn’t fathom the reasons behind her non-inclusion. But Andrea Fonseka’s group did not languish for long as they re-focused their energies on the next Miss Universe Malaysia.
Enter Kimberley Ann Estrop-Leggett, their entrant to Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas. The teenager – whose parents are of mixed heritage – is not the easiest to pinpoint as Malaysian in a line-up of un-sashed beauties. Her looks are more Caucasian than Malay. But her country’s pride in fostering a mix of different cultures paves the way for an unconditonal acceptance and support for their beauty queen, regardless of the non-Asian look.
Will Malaysia finally hit the big time in Las Vegas come December 19? Or will it bring them back to the drawing boards and deliberate on who is best to represent them next?
What say you, dear readers? 🙂
Miss Universe Thailand 2012 Farida Waller (L) and Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Kimberly Leggett – both lovely but looking too foreign relative to the authentic Thai and Malaysian faces we are all used to seeing in past Miss Universe competitions.
Online forums – particularly the ones where Thai and Malaysian pageant enthusiasts heavily converge – keep on comparing their respective beauty queens to no end. Short of saying that the two could be sisters, there’s always this debate on who is the better-looking titleholder: Farida Waller or Kimberly Leggett. Both mixed-race beauties are seen to lead the surge of Asian beauties in Miss Universe 2012. Of course, I am 100% behind our very own Janine Tugonon all the way. But if it is just about selecting who looks better, I would easily pick Farida over Kimberly. The latter has the height (5’10”) advantage, but the former has more appealing facial features. Not that we’d stop at skin-deep comparisons, but both will not lag behind in English fluency as well. If at any, Farida can additionally speak Thai and German.
Personality-wise, Kimberly slightly edges out Farida in terms of bubbliness and candor. Her biggest advantage, though, is the fact that her training for Miss Universe has been running for almost a year now. And it will clearly show once she presents herself wherever this year’s edition will be held. After the 2011 disappointment of Deborah Priya Henry in Sao Paulo, the organizers are working hard to insure that their bet this year will achieve at least a semifinal slot.
How about you, dear readers? Team Farida or Team Kimberly? 😀