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I’ve been getting several emails from young girls interested in joining the beauty pageants I’ve participated before, in hopes of being the next Miss xx Malaysia. Why would they ask me? I didn’t win the pageant.

But I figured they asked because I was more contactable compared to the winners, who are now busy modeling, acting or hosting. And also because I often reply to reader/fan emails and blog comments, making me an easier target to approach.

Can a title change your life? It sure can!

My last pageant was in 2010 and I got hitched in 2011. That officially made me ineligible to participate in any beauty pageants, save for the “Mrs Malaysia” ones.

But I still replied to these hopeful girls, telling them the pros and cons about joining a beauty pageant and the to dos and not to dos when you’re in one. I was talking to Christy a few days back about how appalled I am at how some pageants are organized these days.


I get that they need to add value to sponsors, so product placements are necessary. But I cannot stand how biased the judges are when it comes to the girl. It’s been the same shit story over and over again.

“If a girl wins many subsidiary titles, it doesn’t mean she will win the pageant.”

Bullshit. She will most likely win. End of story. #true story

There was a pageant incident where a videographer was instructed to give more footage to five girls, especially two of them. These two girls ended up as the winner and first runner-up. And the other three girls were in the top 5. So don’t believe what they tell you about “Every girl is treated fairly and stand an equal chance in winning”. Pageant world is dark and full of red tapes.

My last pageant was the worst pageant I’ve participated in. Not only was it badly organised, it was the worst, terribly biased pageant experience I’ve encountered. The winner was clearly chosen from the beginning. From the preferential treatment, special attention right to her misdemeanors forgiven. No matter how hard the rest of us girls tried, there was no hope.

Watching the latest videos of a national pageant really pissed me off. Clearly, the pageant director already has a winner in mind. The two girls of her choice received “surgical enhancements” and subsequently, “teeth enhancements”. While the other contestants received RM1,000 cash vouchers.

What the can one do with RM1,000?? The amount isn’t enough to fix crooked, uneven lips or droopy eyes. Come on … you think the other girls don’t feel it? Isn’t that considered preferential treatment? The viewers aren’t stupid And the girls (some very young and green) sure as hell aren’t. I’m sure they felt disappointed and demotivated. It was obvious in the videos.

A couple of girls were eliminated because the pageant director felt they weren’t improving enough. Eh hello! Why did you let these girls into the finals then? Based on your many years of experience, don’t you think you are able to tell if a girl has the potential to represent her country?

I honestly believe (and some were proven) that many pageants in Malaysia are rigged. It’s either you are the judges’ favourite, a potentially outstanding contestant (good for you) or a slutty one. Some are there because they have potential. Some are chosen because in every pageant, there is a quota filler and they need more girls to make the reality series look good.

To the girls feeling the pain and disappointment, trust me. Don’t bother listening to the pageant tips or advices from the pageant director/judges. They have already chosen the top 3 winners. I know, they tell you everything is fair… there are no biasness and that whole load of crap.

But let’s use some logic here. Would you sponsor or focus on a girl whom you think doesn’t have the quality of a pageant winner? Girls, don’t waste your time. Spare yourself the misery and just EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY. Don’t waste any more energy trying to impress the judges (who are just as twisted).

And to the future winner; you’re in for a huge, live changing experience. Be prepared to lose yourself and integrity. Good luck.

10 Responses

  1. kl_boy

    That’s a harsh accusation to put through on a webpage especially one that is viewed by many users. Not worried if some high and mighty judges gets annoyed and starts threathening civil suits ?

    Anyway, thanks for telling about the reality of such shows. Always felt that somehow, it was a pre-determined especially our own contests. Like you food blog !

    1. Bangsar Babe

      That’s the harsh truth. I’ve gone through it before. And from the looks of the pageants lately, nothing’s changed. Only became worse. And my predictions of winners over the past two years were correct.

      1. kl_boy

        I see. Thanks for sharing

  2. I’ve watched some of our local beauty pageants for a couple of years and no offense to anyone, but I noticed that whoever wins “Miss Photogenic” will stand a higher chance or if not, will win the whole title.

    Nowadays, I’d rather watch the foreign beauty pageants instead.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi Ciana, you are not wrong. When a girl wins Miss Photogenic or Miss Body Beautiful, she stands a very high chance of winning. Or at the very least, top 3.

  3. Kash

    While I don’t know how pageants work in Malaysia or anywhere, and although I’ve not met you in person, but from what I’ve read from your posts, not only about food, you are a level headed person who is in reality. Not like stereotypes who do a lot of ”buttering” to gain something. It’s true what you have said about judges or the contest being rigged.
    These days if you don’t know someone to get something important done, you’ll end up getting screwed big time. You’ll always have my support in this matter because you have experience in it. Have a nice weekend.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Unfortunately, such is the sad truth in pageant world. Trust me, it took a lot of ego bashing and disciplining from rif and my good friends to keep me grounded. I was luckier than other girls that way.

  4. Grace

    love your honesty in food comments and post!

  5. “surgical enhancements” and subsequently, “teeth enhancements” <—- LMAO!
    I too agreed when I sees the pageant wins any title, she is there for the Top 5 or for sure Top 3. Any I wouldn't deny that from the early stage..the pageant director or whoever involves already has the winner in their mind! Thanks for sharing a clearer picture to us.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup. I learnt it the hard way. It sucks to see another girl get preferential treatment. Very demotivating.

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