Miss Chinese International Pageant

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For the most recent pageant, see Miss Chinese International Pageant 2014.
Logo of Miss Chinese International Pageant 2007 with the new Chinese title of the pageant.
Screenshot depicting logo of Miss Chinese International Pageant 2006. The same logo has been in use since the beginning in 1988.

Miss Chinese International Pageant (Chinese: before 2007: 國際華裔小姐競選, 2007 onwards: 國際中華小姐競選) or MCI (Chinese: 華姐) for short, is an annual international beauty pageant, organized and broadcast by TVB, a leading network television station in Hong Kong.

Composition[edit]

At its inception in 1988, delegates were either winners or runner-ups of regional Chinese beauty pageants around the world excluding the country of China, as this is a pageant for Chinese delegates from overseas. All delegates at the time of the pageant are between the ages at least of 17 and 25, with the upper age limit expanded to 27 in 2012. The delegates must be of at least partial Chinese descent.

Starting in 2007, the pageant allowed mainland Chinese participants, and the Chinese name of the pageant changed from 國際華裔小姐競選, which literally translated to "Miss International of Chinese Descent Pageant" to 國際中華小姐競選 to reflect the change, matching the English pageant title of Miss Chinese International Pageant. In 2009, a record number of 11 delegates came from Mainland China, more than one-third of the total contestant count. The number of China delegates has since decreased, with the 2013 pageant having only one Mainland Chinese delegate, representing Foshan.

Participating regions[edit]

Pageant timeframe[edit]

The first two pageants (1988 & 1989) were held October to December of the year. However in 1990, TVB decided to shift the pageant date to the beginning of the year to coincide with Lunar New Year. But since Miss Chinese International Pageant 1989 was not held until mid-December, the 3rd Miss Chinese International Pageant came early 1991 with no pageant being held in 1990. Since then, the pageant was held late January or early February of every year.

In 2010, the pageant reverted to being held in November, delaying the 22nd Miss Chinese International Pageant by almost 10 months. Therefore, Christine Kuo, Miss Chinese International 2009 is the longest serving titleholder, having served 658 days from January 17, 2009 to November 5, 2010. The delay of the pageant meant that several regional titleholders from 2009 were not able to enter Miss Chinese International Pageant 2010 as they have already crowned their successors by November 2010, including Miss Hong Kong 2009 Sandy Lau. Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2010 was held in August and Lau's successor, Toby Chan, represented Hong Kong in Miss Chinese International 2010 instead.

One year later, TVB announced that the 23rd Miss Chinese International Pageant would be delayed until January 15, 2012, meaning that there would be no pageant held in 2011.[1] This is the first time since 1990 a pageant would not be held during a calendar year. As with the year before, several regional titleholders from 2010 would not be able to enter Miss Chinese International Pageant 2012 as they have already crowned their successors by the end of 2011. However, the organizers allowed 2010 regional titleholders from Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver to compete with their 2011 counterparts in Miss Chinese International 2012, marking a first in the pageant's history where two representatives of the same region compete together.

Results[edit]

Delegates representing Canadian cities have won 10 of the 25 iterations of the competition; with Vancouver winning six titles (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013), Toronto three times (1992, 1997 and 2009) and Montreal once (1993).

Delegates from pageant organizer Hong Kong have won thrice, but have recorded the most top three finishes with 15.

Major award winners[edit]

Year Date Winner 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up Miss Friendship
1988 Oct 2, 1988 Michele Monique Reis
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
Tammy Lee
Seattle,  USA
Sharon Kwok
San Francisco,  USA
Tanya Lim
Calgary,  Canada
1989 Dec 17, 1989 Kit Wong
Sydney,  Australia
Monica Chan
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
Guilhermina Madeira da Silva Pedruco
Portugal Macau
No award given
1990 Postponed to February 1991
1991 Feb 10, 1991 Yen-Thean Leng
 Singapore
Anita Yuen
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
Hazel Cheung
Montreal,  Canada
Deanna Leung
Seattle,  USA
1992 Jan 26, 1992 Rosemary Chan
Toronto,  Canada
Amy Kwok
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
Valerie Lee
San Francisco,  United States
Sherine Tsang
Auckland,  New Zealand
1993 Jan 10, 1993 Christy Chung
Montreal,  Canada
Emily Lo
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
Elaine Barbara Der
Vancouver,  Canada
Nien-Chien Chang
Seattle,  USA
1994 Jan 23, 1994 Saesim Pornapa Sui
Bangkok,  Thailand
Diane Wang
New York,  USA
I-Man Chao
Seattle,  USA
Rebecca Lok-Sze Miu
Manila,  Philippines
1995 Jan 22, 1995 Hsiang-Ling Ku
Taipei,  Chinese Taipei
Darabhorn Bhakdeeratna
Bangkok,  Thailand
Edna Wei
Los Angeles,  USA
Gloria Hui
Vancouver,  Canada
1996 Jan 27, 1996 Siew-Kee Cheng
 Singapore
Melissa Ng
San Francisco,  USA
Amy Chung (Dethroned)[a]
New York,  USA
Winnie Yeung
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
1997 Jan 26, 1997 Monica Lo
Toronto,  Canada
San San Lee
Flag of Hong Kong (1959-1997).svg Hong Kong
Kulzatri Konjanawan
Bangkok,  Thailand
Wendy Giam
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
1998 Jan 25, 1998 Louisa Luk
San Francisco,  USA
Lisa Vongthong
Bangkok,  Thailand
Kalyane Tea
Montreal,  Canada
May Ling Lai
Chicago,  USA
1999 Feb 14, 1999 Michelle Ye
New York,  USA
Janet Huang
Los Angeles,  USA
Anne Heung
 Hong Kong
Mabel Wong
Calgary,  Canada
2000 Feb 6, 2000 Sonija Kwok
 Hong Kong
Tiffany Yang
Los Angeles,  USA
Crystal Pan
Vancouver,  Canada
Jessie Cheng
Melbourne,  Australia
2001 Jan 20, 2001 Bernice Liu
Vancouver,  Canada
Jennifer Huang
Montreal,  Canada
Vivian Lau
 Hong Kong
Hsing-Ting Chiang
Taipei,  Chinese Taipei
2002 Jan 27, 2002 Shirley Yeung
Vancouver,  Canada
Christie Bartram
Toronto,  Canada
Angela Foo
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
Marjorie Wu
Honolulu,  USA
2003 Jan 25, 2003 Rachel Tan
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
Tiffany Lam
 Hong Kong
Diana Wu
Toronto,  Canada
Lola Gong
Amsterdam,  Netherlands
2004 Jan 17, 2004 Linda Chung
Vancouver,  Canada
Mandy Cho
 Hong Kong
Carlene Aguilar
Manila,  Philippines
Mandy Cho
 Hong Kong
2005 Jan 29, 2005 Leanne Li
Vancouver,  Canada
Fala Chen
New York,  USA
Jessica Young
Melbourne,  Australia
Jolene Chin
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
2006 Jan 21, 2006 Ina Lu
Johannesburg,  South Africa
Ginney Kanchanawat
Bangkok,  Thailand
Annabelle Kong
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
Annabelle Kong
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
2007 Jan 20, 2007 Sarah Song
Sydney,  Australia
Ivy Lu
Johannesburg,  South Africa
Sherry Chen
Toronto,  Canada
Parichat Wisuthiphatt
Bangkok,  Thailand
2008 Jan 26, 2008 Océane Zhu
Paris,  France
Kayi Cheung
 Hong Kong
Aileen Xu
Chongqing,  China
Delaine Lee
Calgary,  Canada
2009 Jan 17, 2009 Christine Kuo
Toronto,  Canada
Skye Chan
 Hong Kong
Cici Chen
Vancouver,  Canada
Skye Chan
 Hong Kong
2010 Nov 5, 2010 Eliza Sam
Vancouver,  Canada
Belle Theng
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
Candy Chang
Toronto,  Canada
Lu Bai
Foshan,  China
2011 Postponed to January, 2012
2012 Jan 15, 2012 Kelly Cheung
Chicago,  USA
Cheryl Wee
Singapore,  Singapore
Lenna Lim
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
Ashton Hong
Toronto,  Canada
2013 Feb 24, 2013 Gloria Tang
Vancouver,  Canada
Denise Tan
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia
Carat Cheung
 Hong Kong
Lauren Weinberger
Los Angeles,  USA
2014 Jan 26, 2014 Grace Chan
 Hong Kong
Cindy Zhong
Vancouver,  Canada
Lucia Lorigiano
Montreal,  Canada
Mandi Cheung
 Singapore
2015 Feb 11, 2015 TBA
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Notes
  • a ^ In 1999, Amy Chung was stripped of her title of Miss Chinese International 1996 Second Runner-Up and had her artiste contract with TVB terminated when it was discovered that she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest in USA as she left the country to enter the pageant while on probation stemming from a credit card fraud conviction. Chung had also lied about her academic credentials, claiming to have a Masters Degree from Harvard University when she only has taken a course from Harvard Extension School.[2] The title has yet to be filled since.

Rank by number of wins[edit]

City & Nation First Place Second Place Third Place Total Top 3
Placements
First Place Winning Year(s)
(if applicable)
Canada Vancouver, Canada
6
1
3
10
2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013
Hong Kong Hong Kong
3
9
3
15
1988, 2000, 2014
Canada Toronto, Canada
3
1
3
7
1992, 1997, 2009
Singapore Singapore
2
1
0
3
1991, 1996
Australia Sydney, Australia
2
0
0
2
1989, 2007
Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
1
3
1
5
1994
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1
2
3
6
2003
United States New York City, USA
1
2
1
4
1999
Canada Montreal, Canada
1
1
3
5
1993
United States San Francisco, USA
1
1
2
4
1998
South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa
1
1
0
2
2006
United States Chicago, USA
1
0
0
1
2012
France Paris, France
1
0
0
1
2008
Chinese Taipei Taipei, Chinese Taipei
1
0
0
1
1995
United States Los Angeles, USA
0
2
1
3
N/A
United States Seattle, USA
0
1
1
2
N/A
China Chongqing, China
0
0
1
1
N/A
Macau Macau
0
0
1
1
N/A
Philippines Manila, Philippines
0
0
1
1
N/A
Australia Melbourne, Australia
0
0
1
1
N/A

Big 4 pageants designations[edit]

Year Pageant Region representing Delegate; Representation & Placement at MCIP Result
2012 Miss World  Hong Kong Kelly Cheung ( Chicago,  USA )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 2012 Winner
Top 30 Quarter-finalist (17th Place)

Delegates who participated in Big 4 Pageants[edit]

Year which participated in MCIP Pageant Region representing Delegate; Representation & Placement at MCIP Result
1988 Miss World 1988  Hong Kong Michele Monique Reis (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1988 Winner
Did not place
 Macau Helena da Conceição Lo Branco (  Macau )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 1988
Did not place
Miss World 1992  Philippines Marina Pura Benipayo ( Manila,  Philippines )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 1988
Did not place
1989 Miss Universe 1990  Hong Kong Monica Chan (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1989 1st Runner-up
23rd Place
Miss World 1989  Macau Guilhermina Madeira da Silva Pedruco (  Macau )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1989 2nd Runner-up
Did not place
1991 Miss Universe 1991  Hong Kong Anita Yuen (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1991 1st Runner-up
60th Place
1993 Miss Universe 1993  Hong Kong Emily Lo (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1993 1st Runner-up
49th Place
1994 Miss Universe 1994  Hong Kong Hoyan Mok (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1994 Top 10 Semi-finalist
44th Place
1995 Miss Universe 1995  Hong Kong Halina Tam (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1995 Top 5 finalist
45th Place
Miss World 1994  Macau Ji-Min Chen (  Macau )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 1995
Did not place
1996 Miss World 1995  Macau Geraldina Madeira da Silva Pedruco (  Macau )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 1996
Did not place
1997 Miss Universe 1997  Hong Kong Lee San San (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1997 1st Runner-up
45th Place
Miss World 1996  Macau Guiomar Madeira da Silva Pedruco (  Macau )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1997 Top 5 finalist
Did not place
1998 Miss World 1997  Macau Agnes Lo (  Macau )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 1998
Did not place
Miss Universe 1998  Hong Kong Virginia Yung (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1998 Top 5 finalist
2nd - Online Polls
1999 Miss Universe 1999  Hong Kong Anne Heung (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 1999 2nd Runner-up
Top 7 - Miss Photogenic Polls
2000 Miss Universe 2000  Hong Kong Sonija Kwok (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 2000 Winner
Top 10 - Miss Photogenic Polls
Miss Universe 2004  China Alina Zhang ( Sydney,  Australia )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2000
Did not place
2002 Miss Universe 2003  Chinese Taipei Beverly Chen ( Melbourne,  Australia )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2002
Did not place
Miss World 2004  Singapore Lisa Huang (  Singapore )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2002
Did not place
2004 Miss Earth 2001  Philippines Carlene Aguilar ( Manila,  Philippines )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 2004 Second Runner-Up
Top 10 Semi-finalist
Miss World 2005 Top 15 Semi-finalist
2005 Miss World 2009  Canada Lena Ma ( Toronto,  Canada )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2005
4th Runner-Up; Miss World Talent
2006 Miss World 2005  Hong Kong Tracy Ip (  Hong Kong )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2006
Top 19 - Miss World Beach Beauty
2008 Miss World 2007  Hong Kong Kayi Cheung (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 2008 1st Runner-up
Top 16 Semi-finalist; Miss World Beauty with a Purpose
2009 Miss World 2008  Hong Kong Skye Chan (  Hong Kong )
Miss Chinese International Pageant 2009 1st Runner-up
Did not place
Miss International 2008  Macau Florence Loi (  Macau )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2009
Did not place
2013 Miss International 2011  Singapore Stella Kae (  Singapore )
Did not place at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2013
Did not place
2014 Miss World 2014  Hong Kong Grace Chan (  Hong Kong )
Winner at Miss Chinese International Pageant 2014
TBA

Awards & acknowledgements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miss Chinese International Pageant 2012 Announcement TVB.com article (In Chinese). Retrieved 2011-10-21
  2. ^ Amy Chung Destroyed Her Future Article from The Sun (Hong Kong) (In Chinese) dated 2002-10-05. Retrieved on 2011-12-01.

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