Deborah Priya Henry

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Deborah Henry
Miss Malaysia 07 Deborah Priya.jpg
BornDeborah Priya Henry[1]
(1985-07-21) 21 July 1985 (age 33)[1]
Dublin, Ireland[1]
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
TV Host
Home townKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
TitleMiss World Malaysia 2007
Miss Universe Malaysia 2011
Beauty pageant titleholder
AgencyThe Talent Factory
Hair colorDark Brown
Eye colorDark Brown
Miss World Malaysia 2007
Miss World 2007
(Top 16)
Miss Universe Malaysia 2011
Miss Universe 2011

Deborah Priya Henry (born 21 July 1985), also known as Priya Emmanuel,[3] is a Malaysian TV Host of Indian and Irish descent and a former model and 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.

Henry left her modelling career to champion the lives of refugee children in Malaysia.[5]

Early life[edit]

Deborah Henry was born in Dublin, Ireland but grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[6] 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.[6] Her focuses are on human rights advocacy and sustainable development with a long-term goal to eradicate poverty.



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. She has also appeared on the covers of Elle India, Harper's Bazaar Malaysia, Marie Claire Malaysia and many more. She has also been featured in Vogue India.

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,[7] the highest placement a Malaysian woman has achieved since Lina Teoh in 1998.

Miss Universe 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.[8] 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 was also one of the three hosts for Bella, a magazine style talk show with Daphne Iking and Elaine Daly.[9]


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

Product endorsements[edit]

In March 2017, Henry released a ready-to-wear clothing line named Deborah Henry x FashionValet: Laidback Luxe.[11] In collaboration with Fashion Valet, the line features clothing intended for trendy travelers.[12]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Henry co-founded Fugee School, a non-profit charity organisation that provides basic education to Somalian refugee children.[5] To date, the school has educated more than 250 students, and currently nurturing 130 students from age four to 22.[5] Henry is also a World Vision’s Childs’ rights Advocate.[13] World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation. She also speaks for the Harper's Bazaar The Pink Project PSA 2010.[14] Henry became the ambassador for Yes, I Can Campaign, an educational, awareness & advocacy campaign for the prevention of unplanned & unwanted pregnancy in Malaysia.[15]

In 2013, Henry was included in Forbes’s list of top Asian philanthropists for her contribution in "helping the many refugees from war-torn Somalia who had found their way to Malaysia".[16]

In 2016, in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan, Henry launched a personal fundraiser under World Vision Malaysia to raise money for displaced Syrian nationals seeking refuge in Lebanon.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Henry weds Malaysian entrepreneur, Dr Rajiv Bhanot on 27 February 2017 in a ceremony held at Udaipur, India.[18] They met when Henry was sixteen years old.[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Suprise [sic] Birthday Party For Deborah Henry". 25 July 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Deborah Priya Henry". Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
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  4. ^ "Miss Universe 2011 Candidate Profile: Deborah Priya Henry". 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Fugee School: A place of hope for refugee children in Malaysia. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Deborah Henry crowned as New Miss Universe Malaysia 2011". 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  7. ^ "China wins Miss World". Malaysia Star. 2 December 2007. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Another crown for Deborah". Malaysia Star. 28 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  9. ^ Boost your day with 'Bella'. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  10. ^ HIKAYAT MERONG MAHAWANGSA. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  11. ^ Deborah Henry and FashionValet perfected your holiday wardrobe. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  12. ^ Deborah Henry and FashionValet launch RTW collection for travellers. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  13. ^ Debbie's vision for the world. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  14. ^ The Pink Project PSA 2010 – Deborah Priya Henry. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  15. ^ [1]. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  16. ^ 48 Heroes Of Philanthropy. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  17. ^ Deborah Henry launches fundraiser for Syrian refugees. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  18. ^ a b Deborah Henry ties the knot. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nadine Ann Thomas
Miss Universe Malaysia
Succeeded by
Kimberley Leggett
Preceded by
Adeline Choo Wan Ling
Miss Malaysia World
Succeeded by
Soo Wincci