World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Lillian YeoPoh Ai Tee Mrs Singapore Worldwide 2021/22, 1st R.U.
Full name: Lillian YeoPoh Ai Tee
Title/Year: Mrs Singapore Worldwide 2021/22, 1st runner up.
Pageant System: Mrs WorldWide
Education Level: Masters Degree (Middlesex University, London 98')
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: Muay Thai, Boxing, sky diving and zip lining.
Platform: Under privileged, sick and lonely.
Years competed: 2022
Countries visited: Scandinavia, Baltics, Iceland, entire Eastern and Western Europe, ANZ, South East Asia and East Asia.
Likes: Beautiful nature, kind gestures, singing while moving crazily to beats.
Dislikes: Great book with terrible endings, salad drenched in too much dressing, and unhelpful criticism.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about yourself.
I'm of Chinese / French Indo-China Heritage, born during the time when the Vietnam war ended. The year was 1975. The woman I am today, is the by-product of yester years. A car crash survival whose right side of the face was disfigured & had her vehicle written off, back in 1994. It has taught me strength, positivity and to lead a grateful heart.
On the professional front, I'm a Business Development Director for an IT firm. I’m also the founder of Pynkrum, a boutique Leisure and Lifestyle Co. ; sets out to deliver curated momentous experiences (e.g. engagement proposal/ gender reveal party) for our clients. I believe in sparking joy and stopping at nothing.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about your education.
Completed my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (1997), as well as Masters in Marketing and Human Resource Management (1998) in Middlesex University, UK.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does women Empowerment means to you?
I see it as advocating women’s sense of self-worth (gender equality), determine their own choices, and ability to influence social change for others.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your pageant history.
I have no prior experience in the pageant world, apart from being crowned the 1st runner up Mrs Singapore Worldwide 2021/22. I have also bag 2 subsidiary titles in the same event, which are Mrs Fitness 2021/22 and also Mrs Glamourous Queen 2021/22.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
What inspired me was fear. Fear of living without trying. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow but today. This propelled me to go on a self-discovery journey, reinventing myself through this pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
Encouragement especially from my parents (Bob & Mary), who are in their late 70s/ early 80. Their unwavering moral support got me through.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Lumiere International Pageantry is a world class pageant organizer, and one of the many in Singapore. Upholds quality scoring system and encourages women to be the best of themselves.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition?
5 key components that we were judged on were: (a) Inner and outer beauty (b) Catwalk/ poise (c) Talent/ creativity (d) Q&A (e) Overall personality.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I always have this mindset of ‘Life is a journey, and not a competition’. We were a tight bunch, encouraging each other during our months of preparation. Although, the actual pageant day was rather tense; but we had fun! We walked away with friendships formed, memories cherished.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I’m drawn to the sick, lonely and abandoned. This led me to volunteer in Hospice Care setting as a befriender, being their voice & a listening ear; walking the end-of-life journey with patients. I’m currently waiting to be re-enlisted as volunteer, since the uplift of Covid restriction.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What appearances have you done with your title?
A visit to Batam Orphanage (3rd Sept 22), donating items that they specifically require.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are some of your achievements?
1. Besides a salaried IT job, I’ve founded a Lifestyle and Leisure boutique event company; expressing my creative side.
2. I’ve cultivated my son in fencing sports, whom has gone on to compete in many competitions.
3. I’m seen as an inspiration by many as a middle aged woman, who has 5 years of Muay Thai/ Boxing skillsets; to spar with younger lads.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe it was my maturity and self-confidence at 47 years of age, coupled with my stage presence; that made me stand out from the crowd. I have to say, the girls were awesome for their individuality too!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I didn’t quite believe my name was called, as I was hesitant & didn’t budge. My name had to be called twice.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
To be humble at all times, never down play others but lift them up with encouraging words. A beauty queen is someone who exude charisma and positivity, and knows how to carry herself well.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It is the morale boaster i needed from time to time.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
I’ve always had a good body image of myself. Thanks to my daily Muay Thai/ boxing training, coupled with road runs of 8-18 km twice a month. The pageant further helped me to realized that I can be sporty, while having the agility to be demure on the catwalk too.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I am humbled foremost. Key takeaway for girls is… pageantry journey isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. It takes hard work and determination to transform oneself to an ideal candidate of choice.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Be authentic, be yourself. Be sure to connect with the judges, go in well prepared on your walk, talk and give a big smile.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did you prepare for your competition?
1. Base preparation : Research and practice on pageant Q&A, practice catwalk, creatively craft out talent to showcase, and most importantly to relax the mind.
2. Supportive preparation: Continue with my daily Muay Thai/ boxing training (2 hrs each day), vital to keep my mind alert and focus better.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Be accustom to your pageant heels, that’s important. Continuous catwalk training(s) are necessary to walk a confident walk.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Knowing which gown colour compliments your skin tone, and which cut is flattering to your body is crucial. Also, to get a gown that is manageable.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for winning interview?
Answer with conviction, and to cite examples.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
One thing i can improve on is to give myself more time to enjoy myself on stage. As you only have that moment to impress the judges.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I don’t see any visible mistakes, as we were more or less geared up for the event.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Any modeling or acting experience?
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your plans for 2022 as a Queen?
Seeing myself using my title to extend myself out there, doing more charity work.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
To be known for my versatile disposition- turning from a sporty to a demure person with ease, when the occasion calls for it. Inspiring people - that you don’t need to be anything else, but yourself. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview.
Lillian YeoPoh Ai Tee Mrs Singapore Worldwide 2021/22, 1st R.U., World Class Beauty Queens Magazine,
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski
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