Miss Malaysia represents Malaysia in six of the international beauty pageants to select Malaysian representatives at Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth, Miss Tourism International and Miss Supranational. The winners of the national pageants are selected at different competitions as each is owned by a different organization. The winner of these national contests holds the title of Miss Universe Malaysia, Miss Malaysia World, Miss International Malaysia, Miss Malaysia Earth, Miss Tourism Malaysia and Miss Supranational Malaysia.
The winner of Miss Malaysia represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Miss Universe Malaysia is the country’s premier pageant and reality TV event conducted annually that began in 1962 and revamped in 2010. It's part of the international Miss Universe franchise. Owned and managed by the esteemed Trump Organization in joint venture with NBC Universal. The woman who wears the Miss Universe Malaysia crown is not just a beauty queen with ' Hip, Urban, Relevant and Real ’ but a role model to provide a platform for young, ambitious Malaysian women to represent their nation on the international stage, that is Miss Universe and to compete with amongst the most beautiful and accomplished women from around the world. Miss Universe Malaysia's tagline " We're going to make you shine " rings true since its revamp, with established names emerging from MUMO’s stable of talent.
The Miss World beauty pageant was first introduced as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations. Miss World is the longest running major international beauty pageant. In every participating country, there is an annual national beauty pageant organized under the Miss World Organization. The winner of Miss Malaysia World would then proceed to contest in Miss World. The winner of Miss World would spend a year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization and its causes like Beauty with a Purpose (BWP).
Miss Julia Morley, wife of Miss World creator, Eric Morley took over in the year 2000 as current Chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organization, after Eric Morley died in 1951. BWP was created 30 years ago by Julia Morley so that BWP makes the Miss World crown the symbol for fundraising and charity. The element of charity does not stop at the title holder herself but it is extended to encourage the Miss World contestants and license holders from every country to help aid community projects in their own countries. With regards to the achievements of Miss World Malaysia titleholders after having the limelight during the Miss World pageant, many of them have proceeded to paths of success in other fields of the entertainment industry. As of now, Miss World has been organized for 61 years. It has evolved from a beauty pageant focused on aesthetics and physical beauty to one where charity and inner beauty are the main concerns.
Past Miss Malaysia World who has done this country proud include, Catherine Loh, Shirley Chew, Rahima Orchient Yayah, Arianna Teoh, Deborah Henry and Lina Teoh. Miss Malaysia World 2013, Melinder Kaur Bhullar crowned by Yvonne Lee on 2 August and will representing the country in Miss World 2013 that will be held on September 28, 2013 at Sentul International Convention Center, Sentul and Nusa Dua, Indonesia.
Miss International is an annual international beauty pageant held since 1960. Miss International Malaysia is a national beauty pageant that began in 1960, and it is also the longest running pageant in Malaysia. Most of the delegates were being "Hand Pick" by the franchise holder of Miss International Malaysia. The winner of the pageant will represents Malaysia at the Miss International contest.
The current title holder of Miss International Malaysia is Charissa Chong.
Miss Earth is the third-largest international pageant competition among women from countries around the world, after Miss Universe and Miss World. The delegates and winners give meaning and relevance to this beauty competition by promoting worthwhile environmental causes and getting actively involved in caring for the preservation of Mother Earth. This is a true celebration of a woman’s natural beauty, poise and personality. In fact, Miss Earth incorporates a special ‘Natural Beauty’ round where a women’s natural beauty is judged sans make-up or makeover. A tribute to the natural beauty that is a reflection of the beauty within. This pageant organized for the first time aims to appreciate what a woman always wants – to be a natural beauty. Unblemished, immaculate and refreshingly natural. Miss Malaysia Earth delegates are selected through a beauty contest which each state in Malaysia will send their top three winners from the state level. All the top 3 winners will compete at the national level to be crowned as Miss Malaysia Earth and represent Malaysia at Miss Earth Pageant.
The current title holder of Miss Malaysia Earth is Deviyah Daranee. She represented the country in Miss Earth 2012 that take place on November 24, 2012 at the Versailles in Alabang, Manila, Philippines and won Best In Talent Competition Award ( Group 3 ) and 3rd place of Best In National Costume Competition Award. Although she was a heavy favorite by pageants' blogs and websites, she was not placed in the Top 16 by the judges. Miss Malaysia Earth 2013, Josephine Tan, who crowned by Deviyah Daranee, will be representing the country in Miss Earth 2013.
Miss Malaysia Tourism is a national beauty pageant organized by D' Touch International Sdn Bhd. The winner of the pageant represents Malaysia at the Miss Tourism International contest. Datuk Danny Ooi, President and Franchise Owner of Miss Malaysia Tourism, has come a long way, organizing more than 35 National Miss Malaysia Grand Finals and 18 International Pageant Finals. The Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant has not only provided an opportunity for the finalists to achieve a career advancement in the commercial field, but also help the Tourism Ministry in the promotion of local tourism as well as promoting Malaysia to the world when the Winner represents the country at an International World Final. This marked the beginning of Malaysia’s very homegrown titles stamping their mark globally, and becoming much sought-after pageants. The contest also serves as a platform to share and exchange cultural knowledge and create a new friendship bond among contestants coming from various states.
The first Miss Malaysia Tourism was crowned in 1993 and ever since then, Datuk Danny Ooi has organized this pageant. Aileen Gabriella Robinson, who participated in Miss Tourism International, won Malaysia's first Miss Tourism International title and was crowned by Nathalie Den Dekker, Miss Tourism International 2010. Current Miss Malaysia Tourism 2013, Taarah Ganesan will be participating in the Miss Tourism International 2013 pageant in Kuala Lumpur on December 31, 2013.
Miss Supranational Malaysia 2013, Nancy Marcus, was appointed as the first Miss Supranational Malaysia 2013 and represented Malaysian title for the first time at the fifth edition of the Miss Supranational pageant held on September 6, 2013 at Sport's Palace of Minsk, Belarus and gaining the Miss Supranational 2013 Best In Talent award.
In Malaysia, female Muslims were denied participation in beauty pageants following the issue of a fatwa in 1995 by the Mufti of Selangor. The issue came to a nasty twist in July September 1997 when three Malay participants joined the Miss Malaysian petite contest, only to be arrested by the authorities. In the ensuing public outcry and debate that followed, the effectiveness of the fatwa was shown given the influence of the Selangor's Mufti over the nation's sharia law. The fatwa resonated with the ideology that Muslim women should cover up private parts of their body, or Aurat of which the beauty pageants' practices ran contrary to even though such religious enactments also apply to male pageants.
Nevertheless, a public outcry ensued, as members of the public questioned the way the religious authorities handled the matter as well as the abrupt ruling which came about Muslim women in the past had participated in beauty pageants without much protest amongst the religious authorities. This invoked the concerns of Mahathir's who had raised objections to the way the religious authorities had implemented and enforced the law and questions including distinctions on religious laws and personal freedom were raised. Nevertheless, the fatwa ruling has since been very effective; Muslim women have since then been deterred from joining any beauty pageants. Malaysian beauty pageants, in compliance with the law, similarly denied Muslim individuals from participating. However, Muslim women may still join smaller scale beauty pageant contests such as Dewi Remaja, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Tourism, provided that they don't display publicly wearing swimsuits.