World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Denise Lee Li San Mrs Malaysia International World 2019.
Full name: Denise Lee Li San Title/Year: Mrs Malaysia International World 2019 Pageant System: Trainings, presentation and grand finals Age: 36 years Zodiac sign: Gemini Hobbies: Playing the piano, listening to music, reading and swimming. Platform: Arts education as empowerment tool for children and youth. Years competed: 2007 (Miss Malaysia Universe), 2019 (Mrs Malaysia International Global) Countries visited: England, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam Likes: Asian food, soups and French pastries Dislikes: Dark chocolates Status: Married. World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Denise Lee and I am the current titleholder of Mrs Malaysia International World 2019. My platform is arts education as an empowerment too for children and youth. I am a law graduate and a qualified ballet instructor.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
To me, women Empowerment means a movement that supports and uplifts women. It is also recognizes and celebrates women's strengths and contribution to society.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I participated in Miss Malaysia Universe 2007, as a Grand Finalist at age 24. Unfortunately I did not place. However being in the competition helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses as well as realizing the importance of preparation.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I had returned from England the year before I participated in the Miss Malaysia Universe pageant. While studying there, I met my senior Ms. Rachel Tan who was the Miss Malaysia Chinese International 2002 (now known as Miss Astro Chinese International pageant) and also the only Malaysian who won the Miss Chinese International 2003 pageant. Rachel was beautiful, articulate, gracious and friendly. I wanted to emulate her success.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I was unplaced in my first pageant 12 years ago, so I decided to give it another go.
I wanted to make sure this time I do all I can to prepare or the competition as I felt that I was not well prepared in my first competition. I also needed a platform as I am passionate about benefiting children through arts education as well as working with disadvantaged children.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
As finalists, we underwent 6 months of training before the grand finals. A day before the grand finals was the pre-judge where we did our presentation based on our pageant motto 'Be Brave, Stop Bullying' before a panel of judges.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Throughout our training, we were assessed on our attitude, commitment, personality as well as our ability to get along with other finalists. At the pre-judge we were evaluated for our presentation skills, presence of mind, our ability to articulate and communicate our views and thoughts, as well as our responses to the judges' questions.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
Being in the competition has been one of the most profound, enriching and rewarding experiences of my life. We were groomed inside out by our trainer and mentors throughout our journey. The professionalism of the organizing and production team has left me a deep impression and I had gained so much from the support and guidance given even from the audition day right up to the grand finals night.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform is arts education as an empowerment tool for children and youths. I had initiated a Ballet Programme for Disadvantaged Children in 2017 and an arts enrichment programme for children with a focus on 'Be Brave, Stop Bullying', through our first cooking workshop in January 2019.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
My first public appearance was at the Encore Melaka Impression Series show in Malacca in April 2019.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I was crowned as the Mrs Malaysia International World 2019. I also won the subsidiary title Best in Evening Wear and awarded the subsidiary title of Mrs Elegance.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Have eye-contact with the judges, smile and enjoy the moment!
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I felt that my national costume, with its unique design and striking dress color helped me to stand out and made an impression.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
It took a while for reality to sink in. I was elated and felt surreal. I remembered seeing one of my mentors cried tears of joy and it was an unforgettable moment.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
To me, it is realization of a life-long dream and goal. Dreams do come through and as with any sports or music, it takes discipline, commitment, persistence as well as also mentorship and guidance from a team of professionals.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Competing in pageants has helped me to build my self-confidence, especially in presenting myself on stage and in championing my advocacy for my platform.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?
Being in a pageant helped me to develop confidence in my own ability to set goals and to achieve them. In Mrs pageant, we were groomed to celebrate our strengths as well as each of our own uniqueness. Pageants also helped me to become aware of my own body type, which is important in selecting the right attire that best suit my body type and personality.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I felt that there is a sense of responsibility and duty to be a positive role model to women as a wife, mother, daughter and member of society. Pageantry is an amazing platform to develop your voice in advocating a cause.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Get someone to help take a video of your pageant walk, then study yourself from the video. Practice walking in front of a mirror and remember to pay attention to your trainer's feedback on your walk.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Choose a style and color that not only suits your body type but brings out your personality.
I also think it is important to make sure that you are able to walk comfortably in your pageant dress.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Anticipate the interview questions and prepare key points that you wish like to highlight to the judges. Speak confidently, be yourself and be polite. Remember to have eye contact when speaking or answering the judges' questions.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I read interviews of past winners to find out how they prepared for their competition, spoke to titleholders on their winning strategies and practiced positive self-affirmations. Listening to music help me to relax towards the competition. I wore my competition catwalk heels as much as I can, to events as well practicing on my own at home to season the shoes.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
It is important to relax and stay cool. I was slightly tensed and I felt that I could have enjoyed the competition better if I had been more relaxed.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I think that everyone did their best and gave their all during the contest. It is human to make mistakes and I think that most importantly was the entire outcome of the contest experience, which was positive and rewarding.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I was a part-time talent when studying in the UK, appearing in university prospectus and government brochures. In Malaysia, as a part-time talent I had done a few print ads, TVCs and corporate videos. I was the Chinese girl promoting Malaysian food in the Tourism Malaysia advertisement in a local newspaper many years ago.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
I will be working on planning for a second 'Be Brave, Stop Bullying' workshop under my arts enrichment program for children which was initiated at the beginning of the year. I hope to be able to work with more sponsors and media for exposure on our work, so that our program can benefit more children.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I hope to promote my advocacy on arts education for children and youth not just domestically but internationally, as children and youth are our future leaders. I would like more children and youth to be able given the opportunity to have access to quality arts education and to be nurtured by caring arts educationists, especially disadvantaged children. I also hope to create awareness on the importance of art and culture in nurturing wholesome and positive individuals in the society.
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World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Denise Lee Li San Mrs Malaysia International World 2019 for this wonderful interview.
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