You Are Still A Winner In Our Hearts, Miss Universe Malaysia 2019!
Our very own Miss Universe Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon, 22, definitely won our hearts during the National Costume segment at the recent Miss Universe pageant in Georgia, United States.
A popular segment of the Miss Universe pageant, the National Costume category showcases the unique cultural heritage of the contestants’ home country, in all its glory.
This year’s outfit for our Malaysian beauty queen was designed by renowned Malaysian couture designer, Carven Ong. The captivating costume, named “Peranakan Indulgence” is inspired by Baba and Nyonya heritage with heavy Malay cultural influences.
A worthy mention which caught the attention of judges and the audience was the inclusion of local delicacies such as onde-onde, kuih koci, ang ku (red tortoise kueh), kuih talam, kuih lapis, sago cake and also Chinese red egg, neatly arranged on a table-like design attached to the bodice of the outfit. Look closer and you can even spot the traditional basket, bakul sia making an appearance. (That’s pretty cool!!)
The bodice features woven Malay brocade songket. That’s not all – the costume even comes with a pair of wings showcasing Nyonya kebaya fabric which adds a glamourous touch to the entire outfit!
According to Hype.my, the designer took about 3 months to be complete the outfit which weighs 27 kg! Apart from the national costume, the evening gown designed by Carven Ong also embodies the beauty of Malaysian beaches in a caramel-coloured evening gown embellished with real beads and pearls.
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Dear Shweta. Thank you for representing Malaysia with your utmost grace. You are absolutely confidently beautiful with a heart! ❤ . It’s a significant moment for Malaysia as it’s the first time we have ever won National Costume or anything at Miss universe level in the 68 years it’s been running. . Shweta along with the designer Carven Ong have put Malaysian couture firmly on the map and highlighted the multiracial heritage of our country. . We’re thrilled for Shweta and for our beloved Malaysia 🇲🇾 . This time, lets hear it for SHWETA SEKHON, Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 👑 MALAYSIA BOLEH! . Designer: @CarvenOng_Couture #CarvenOng . #MissUniverse #RoadtoMissUniverse #MissUniverseMalaysia #MissUniverseMalaysia2019 #ShwetaSekhon #BeautyBeyondYou
Although this year’s National Costume segment gained much publicity with host Steve Harvey who interviewed Shweta on stage who initially assumed to have made a mistake by mentioning Miss Philippines as the national costume winner. Shweta dealt with the situation with much grace and poise when she said firmly- “It’s not Philipines-It’s Malaysia.” (Yass, Queen!)
However, recent updates on the official Facebook page of Miss Universe Malaysia states that the Miss Universe Organisation has clarified that the winner of the Best National Costume is in fact, Miss Philippines, Gazini Ganados.
Shweta took to Instagram to congratulate Gazini despite the dramatic turn of events. Check out her post below which proves that she truly embodies our Malaysian spirit of humility!
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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
You did your best to represent our nation and will remain a winner in our eyes forever!
*Featured image sourced from The Star