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? 😀
Kimberley Leggett - Miss Universe Manalysia 2012
Name: Kimberley Leggett
Hometown: Pulau Pinang
Height: 175 cm.
After Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 Deborah Priya Henry failed to crack the semis at the pageant in Sao Paulo, many Malaysians were surprised since their representative was considered a shoo-in to make the first cut at the very least. But not to be dampened by such, the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) headed by former beauty queen Andrea Fonseka launched a two-month long reality beauty camp where ladies competed with each other – a la America’s Next Top Model – for the right to represent the country in Miss Universe 2012.
During the Live Gala Finale last Thursday night, one particular candidate stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Penang’s pride, Kimberley Leggett, is a Malaysian/British teen who impressed everyone right from the start. Tall at 5’9″ and with shapely vital statistics, she was considered the best successor to Deborah Priya Henry.
A heady mix of Malaysian and British parentage, Kimberley Leggett is poised to do better than her predecessor in Miss Universe 2012.
With more than enough time to prepare for the international competition to be held at a still unannounced venue (possibly Chile or Panama) next year, Kimberley has the full backing of the MUMO plus the training and polishing from renowned beauty guru Ines Ligron.
Malaysia is definitely going great guns in their selection process so I won’t be surprised if their winner will be in tip-top shape in time for Miss Universe 2012.
Congratulations and best of luck, Kimberley! 🙂