Deborah Priya Henry

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Deborah Henry
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss Malaysia 07 Deborah Priya.jpg
Born Deborah Priya Henry[1]
(1985-07-21) 21 July 1985 (age 29)[1]
Dublin, Ireland[1]
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Model[2]
TV Host
Agency The Talent Factory
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Measurements 28-23-35
Hair color Dark Brown
Eye color Dark Brown
Title(s) Miss World Malaysia 2007
Miss Universe Malaysia 2011
Major
competition(s)
Miss World 2007
(Top 16)
Miss Universe 2011
Official website

Deborah Priya Henry (born 21 July 1985), also known as Priya Emmanuel,[3] is a Malaysian beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2011[4] and Miss Malaysia World 2007. She was also placed in the Top 16 at Miss World 2007.

Early life[edit]

Deborah Henry was born in Dublin, Ireland but grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[5] Her father is a Malaysian Indian and she is of Irish descent through her mother.

Henry spent her secondary school years at Sayfol International School. She particularly excelled in basketball and volleyball at school, and won a gold medal in the Kuala Lumpur International Schools athletics meet. She received a "Sportswoman of the Year" trophy from her school for her achievements.

Henry began modelling at the age of 15 and modelled in London three years later for seven months. She appeared in Malaysian rock band Estranged's music video "Itu Kamu".

Henry holds a B. Arts. degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia.[5] Her focus are on human rights advocacy and sustainable development with a long term goal to eradicate poverty.

Career[edit]

Modelling[edit]

Henry started modelling at 15, as a catwalk and print model in Kuala Lumpur. She moved to London in 2003. She took a hiatus from modelling in 2004 to further her studies in Brisbane. She returned to Malaysia in 2007 and participated in Miss Malaysia World 2007.

Henry is the Face of Malaysian International Fashion Alliance (MIFA) 2011.

Beauty Pageants[edit]

Miss World 2007[edit]

Henry won Miss Malaysia World 2007 and represented her country in Miss World 2007. She is notable for having been selected in the top 16,[6] the highest placement a Malaysian woman has achieved since Lina Teoh in 1998.

Miss Universe Malaysia 2011[edit]

Henry, who stands 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in), competed in her country's national beauty pageant Miss Universe Malaysia, held on 27 January 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, where she became the eventual winner of the title, gaining the right to represent her nation in Miss Universe 2011.[7]

Miss Universe 2011[edit]

As the official representative of Malaysia to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, broadcast live from São Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 2011. Although she was a heavy favourite by pageants' blogs and websites, she was not placed in the Top 16 by the judges.

TV Hosting[edit]

Henry is also one of the three hosts[8] for Bella, a maga­zine style talk show with Daphne Iking and Elaine Daly.

Acting[edit]

Henry was one of the cast for The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines,[9] a Malaysian film released in 10 March 2011.

Humanitarian work[edit]

Henry co-founded Fugee School[10] [2], a non-profit charity organisation that provides basic education to close to 90 Somalian refugee children. Henry also is a World Vision’s Childs’ rights Advocate.[11] World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation. She also speaks for the Harper's Bazaar The Pink Project PSA 2010.[12] Henry also became the ambassador[13] for Yes, I Can Campaign, an educational, awareness & advocacy campaign for the prevention of unplanned & unwanted pregnancy in Malaysia.

In 2013, Henry was included in Forbes’s list of top Asian philanthropists [14] for her contribution in "helping the many refugees from war-torn Somalia who had found their way to Malaysia".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Suprise [sic] Birthday Party For Deborah Henry". budley.com. July 25, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Deborah Priya Henry". Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.priyaemmanuel.com/priya-emmanuel-biography
  4. ^ "Miss Universe 2011 Candidate Profile: Deborah Priya Henry". BeautyMania.biz. June 19, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Deborah Henry crowned as New Miss Universe Malaysia 2011". missuniversemalaysia.com.my. January 27, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "China wins Miss World". Malaysia Star. December 2, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Another crown for Deborah". Malaysia Star. January 28, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Boost your day with 'Bella'. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  9. ^ HIKAYAT MERONG MAHAWANGSA. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  10. ^ Deborah Priya Henry. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Debbie's vision for the world. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  12. ^ The Pink Project PSA 2010 – Deborah Priya Henry. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  13. ^ [1]. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  14. ^ 48 Heroes Of Philanthropy. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nadine Ann Thomas
Miss Universe Malaysia
2011
Succeeded by
Kimberley Leggett
Preceded by
Adeline Choo Wan Ling
Miss Malaysia World
2007
Succeeded by
Soo Wincci