Saturday, October 4, 2008

Miss Hong Kong Pageant

The Miss Hong Kong Pageant , or MSHK for short, is a beauty pageant organized by the leading Hong Kong television station, Television Broadcasts .

All participants must have a valid Hong Kong identity card or must be born in Hong Kong . The pageant has been an annual event since 1973. Apart from the top prize winner, first runner-up and second runner-up prizes, the pageant also has other consolation prizes that vary slightly from year to year. Many Miss Hong Kong contestants have gone on to have movie careers as it is quite typical for the top contestants to garner television contracts from TVB.

The pageant is televised into two events. First, a preliminary event is held where 12 semi-finalists are selected from a group of candidates, the number of which is usually around 20-25 . Then a final event is held where the 12 semi-finalists are reduced to a final 5. The second and first runner-ups and the winner are then announced. Often several contestants dropped out of the pageant before the televised preliminary, thus there would be a candidate with #30 assigned to her, but only 25 or so contestants.

Wai Yin Association

Wai Yin Association is the official association for all official contestants . It is a registered charity. It was established in 1982 to help the citizens of Hong Kong.

Miss Hong Kong 2007

Miss Hong Kong 2007 pageant was held in the Hong Kong Coliseum on July 21, 2007. Outgoing titleholder, Miss Hong Kong 2006, Aimee Chan crowned the new winner Kayi Cheung after the show. The first runner-up Grace Wong also won the title of Miss Photogenic and Miss International Goodwill from the same pageant.

Most notable winners and contestants

* Angie Chiu 趙雅芝
* Loletta Chu 朱玲玲
* Cherie Chung 鍾楚紅
* Irene Lo 勞錦嫦
* Barbara Yung 翁美玲
* Cally Kwong 鄺美雲
* Maggie Cheung 張曼玉
* Joyce Godenzi 高麗虹
* Pauline Yeung 楊寶玲
* 李嘉欣
* Monica Chan 陳法蓉
* Anita Yuen 袁詠儀
* Amy kwok 郭藹明
* Valerie Chow 周嘉玲
* Ada Choi 蔡少芬
* Emily Lo 盧淑儀
* Florence Kwok 郭少芸
* Kenix Kwok 郭可盈
* Halina Tam 譚小環
* Natalie Wong 黃紀瑩
* Maggie Cheung Ho Yee 張可頤
* San San Lee 李珊珊
* Fiona Yuen 袁彩雲
* Charmaine Sheh 佘詩曼
* Anne Heung 向海岚
* Sonija Kwok 郭羨妮
* Myolie Wu 胡杏兒
* Shirley Yeung 楊思琦
* Mandy Cho 曹敏莉

Summary of winners

''Note*: Miss Friendship from 1987 was replaced by Miss Congeniality ''

Overseas contestant awards list

Starting from 1991, the Miss Hong Kong pageant greets delegates from overseas. They include Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. Local contestants coming from Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, London, and more enter at Hong Kong. In 2006, there was a top 16 contestant from the Netherlands. The overseas delegates wait for the notification of their regional sponsors of TVB and if they are chosen, they fly to Hong Kong to compete. The following is a record of overseas delegates' performance at Miss Hong Kong.

* 1991 - 7. Amy Kwok 郭藹明
**Miss International Goodwill
**Miss Humorous Conversation
* 1991 - 13. Maur Yeung 楊凱斯
** Miss Congeniality
* 1992 - 8. Patsy Lau 劉殷伶
**1st Runner-Up
**Miss International Goodwill
* 1992 - 14. Carol Lee 李秋林
**Miss Congeniality
* 1993 - 20. Christina Lau 劉飛飛
**Miss International Goodwill
* 1994 - 18. Dorothy Ng 吳素珊
**Miss International Goodwill
* 1995 - 12. Winnie Yeung 楊婉儀
**Most Standard Figure Award
* 1997 - 2. Virginia Yung 翁嘉穗
**Miss Photogenic
**Eastern Beauty Award
**Metropolitan Charm Award
* 1997 - 12. Vivian Lee 李明慧
**1st Runner-Up
**Miss International Goodwill
* 1998 - 20. Anne Heung 向海嵐
**Miss Photogenic
**Global Beauty Award
**Miss Vivid Metropolitan
* 1998 - 14. Josephine Yan 殷莉
**Miss International Goodwill
* 1999 - 12. Sonija Kwok 郭羨妮
**Miss Photogenic
**Miss International Goodwill
**Miss Millennium Wisdom
* 1999 - 15. Cindy Wong 王倩
**Miss Beautiful Legs
* 2000 - 11. Vivian Lau 劉慧蘊
**Miss Photogenic
**Miss International Goodwill
**Miss Millennium Charm
* 2000 - 17. Margaret Kan 簡佩堅
**First Runner-Up
* 2000 - 5. Maree Lau 劉嘉慧
**Second Runner-Up
* 2002 - 11. Tiffany Lam 林敏俐
**Miss International Goodwill
**Miss New Generational Beauty
* 2002 - 20.Cerina Da Graca 嘉碧儀
**Miss Photogenic
**Breakthrough Natural Skin Award
**Slimming Beauty Award
* 2003 - 2. Mandy Cho 曹敏莉
**Miss International Goodwill
**Miss Swimsuit Charm
**Diamond Skin Award
**Perfect Group
* 2003 - 11. Rabee'a Yeung 楊洛婷
**1st Runner-Up
**Tourism Ambassador Award
* 2003 - 18. Selena Li 李詩韻
**Miss Photogenic
**Miss Talent
* 2004 - 1. Queenie Chu 朱慧敏
**1st Runner-Up
**Tourism Ambassador Award
*2006 - 13. Aimee Chan 陳茵媺
**Miss International Goodwill
**Audience Favourite
* 2006 - 15. Janet Chow 周家蔚
**1st Runner-Up
**Miss Photogenic
*2007 - 3. Kayi Cheung 張嘉兒
**Miss Vitality Ambassador
*2007 - 9. Grace Wong王君馨
**1st Runner-up
**Miss Photogenic
**Miss International Goodwill.
*2007 - 7. Lorretta Chow 周美欣
**2nd Runner-up
**Most Attractive Legs Award
*2008 - 7. Hilda Leung 梁雅琳
**Miss Trendy Vision

Notice that Vancouver has the most Miss Hong Kong winners from the overseas. They had a record of four consecutive winners from 1997-2000. 2000 was the only year where the top 3 delegates were all from overseas. Even though the 2007 pageant had the top 3 all from the US and Canada but Grace Wong and Lorretta Chow traveled to Hong Kong to compete in the pageant, so they are recognized by TVB to be local delegates not overseas delegates. They did however come from the overseas.

Miss Hong Kong showing at the International beauty stage

The top 3 winners of Miss Hong Kong are sent by TVB to represent Hong Kong at various international pageants.

*Miss Hong Kong competes in Miss Universe and .
*First runner-ups competes in Miss World.
*Second runner-ups competes in Miss International.

However, this has not always been the case. For example, Miss Hong Kong 2004 first runner-up, Queenie Chu was sent to both Miss World and Miss International. While Miss Hong Kong 2005, Tracy Ip was sent to compete in Miss World 2005. Miss Hong Kong 1987, Pauline Yeung Po Ling competed in both Miss World 1987 and Miss Universe 1988. Miss Hong Kong 1988, Michelle Reis competed at Miss World 1988. Since 2005, TVB has decided to send the winners to Miss World instead of the 1st runner ups. However in 2006, winner Aimee Chan was 25 years old and was considered overage by the Miss World Organization. As a result the 1st runner up, Janet Chow competed at Miss World 2006.

Big three pageants success

Note: Only the Miss Hong Kong delegates produced by TVB are included here.

Miss Universe
* 1976 ~ Rowena Lam 林良蕙 placed in the top 12.
* 1984 ~ Joyce Godenzi 高麗虹 placed third in the Best National Costume contest.
* 1988 ~ Pauline Yeung 楊寶玲 was 4th runner-up.
''There were no Miss Hong Kong representatives since 2001. The last Miss Hong Kong to compete in Miss Universe is Miss Sonija Kwok, Miss Hong Kong 1999.''

Miss World
* 1974 ~ Judy Dirkin 杜茱迪 won ''Miss Personality''.
* 1983 ~ Maggie Cheung 張曼玉 placed in the top 15, finishing as a semifinalist.
* 1988 ~ Pauline Yeung 楊寶玲 won ''Queen of Asia'' and placed in the top 12.
* 2007 ~ Kayi Cheung 張嘉兒 won ''Beauty With A Purpose'' award and placed in the top 16.

Miss International:
* 1981 ~ Deborah Moore 狄寶娜摩亞 won ''Miss Friendship''.
* 1985 ~ Ellen Wong 王愛倫 won ''Best 21st Century Award'' and placed in the top 15.
* 1987 ~ Wing Lam 林穎嫺 won ''Miss Photogenic''.
* 2002 ~ Cathy Wu 胡家惠 won ''Miss Friendship''.
* 2004 ~ Sze Sze Fu 符思思 won ''Miss Friendship''.
* 2005 ~ Queenie Chu 朱慧敏 won ''Miss Friendship''.
* 2006 ~ Koni Lui 呂慧儀 won ''Miss Friendship'' and ''Most Beautiful Smile''.
* 2007 ~ Grace Wong 王君馨 won ''Miss Friendship'' and placed in the top 15..


*The iconic theme song for the Miss Hong Kong Pageant is actually the winning song from the Eurovision Song Contest 1971,''Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue'' made popular by the singer .
*1981 Winner Doris Law 羅佩芝 was deemed disqualified and was dethroned when it was discovered that she had used her sister's health documentation. Therefore, 1st runner-up Irene Lo 勞錦嫦 was crowned first place.
*1982 Finalist Barbara Yung 翁美玲 committed suicide on May 14, 1985.
*1990 First Runner-Up Helen Yung 翁杏蘭 became the only Miss Congeniality/Miss Friendship award winner to advance into the finals .
*1992 Miss Congeniality Carol Lee 李秋林 and finalist Nancy Lee 李思林 are actually sisters of singer CoCo Lee. They were also the first siblings competing in Miss Hong Kong in the same year, while Coco Lee was the runner up of New Talent Singing Awards of that year.
* 1997 First Runner-Up Vivian Lee 李明慧 was a television presenter for Fairchild Television in the mid-90s.
* 1997 Winner Virginia Yung 翁嘉穗 and First Runner-Up Vivian Lee 李明慧 caused controversy when they were involved in a love triangle with Hong Kong businessman Yau-Ching Wu 鄔友正, which resulted in a public feud in 1998. Yung and Wu were eventually married in 1999.
* 1998 The Final was held at the brand new Passenger Terminal Building inside the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok when it was just completed.
*2003 First Runner-Up Rabee'a Yeung 楊洛婷 was Sunshine Girl 2001 First Runner-Up in Vancouver.
*2003 Second Runner-Up Priscilla Chi 戚黛黛 was a finalist in the New Talent Singing Awards Hong Kong Regional Finals in 2002.
*2003 Top 5 Finalist Carrie Lee 李嘉怡 was an on-air weather reporter for Fairchild Television in Vancouver from 1999 to 2002.
*2003 top 12 semifinalist Stephanie Wang 王從希 is the daughter of Hong Kong actor Wei Wang 王偉.
*In 2004, TVB has decided to cancel the semi-finals and just have Miss Hong Kong run as one show from start to finish.
*2004 contestant Winnie Shum 沈穎婷 is the daughter of Hong Kong actress Violet Li 李影.
*2005 Miss Photogenic Shermon Tang 鄧上文 is the daughter of Hong Kong actor English Tang 鄧英敏.
*2006 Winner Aimee Chan 陳茵媺 & First Runner-Up Janet Chow 周家蔚 were both delegates in the Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant in 2004. Both of them did not place in that pageant.
*2007 Winner Kayi Cheung 張嘉兒 entered the Miss Chinese Pageant in 2005 and won the Vivacious Beauty Award. She then became a television presenter for Fairchild Television until April 2007, when she entered Miss Hong Kong as an overseas contestant.
*2007 Second Runner-Up Lorretta Chow 周美欣 won the New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 2005. She then represented Vancouver in the where she garnered the Trendy Image Award.

1 comment:

DarKScoRpioN said...

Kenix Kwok is one of the best TVB actresses in the industry. Hope to see her take on a more active role like she use to. Check out 36 beautiful scans of her here.