Soo Wincci

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Soo Wincci
苏盈之
Miss Malaysia 2008 Soo Wincci.jpg
Soo Wincci during Miss World 2008 pageant.
Born
Soo Wincci

(1985-10-26) 26 October 1985 (age 36)
Alma mater
OccupationSinger, Actress, TV Host, Model, Entrepreneur, Phd Holder, Producer, Speaker, Motivator, Composer
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Malaysia World 2008
Years active2008 - present
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBrown
Major
competition(s)
  • Miss Malaysia Intercontinental 2004 (1st Runner Up)
  • Miss Intercontinental 2004 (Unplaced)
  • Miss Malaysia Oriental World 2004 (2nd Runner-up)
  • Miss Chinatown Malaysia 2005 (1st Runner-up)
  • Miss Malaysia Universe 2008 (Top 5)
  • Miss Malaysia World 2008 (Winner)
  • Miss World 2008 (Top 19 Miss World Talent)(Top 32 Top Model)

Soo Wincci (Chinese: 苏盈之; pinyin: Sū Yíngzhī) is a singer, recording artist, actress, composer, celebrity chef, host, model, beauty queen, PhD holder and entrepreneur from Malaysia. Soo was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2008 and represented Malaysia in the Miss World 2008 beauty pageant.[1] In 2013, she was selected by Hollywood's Independent Critics as one of the Top 100 most beautiful women in the world.[2] In 2016 she was being awarded as "Top 10 Most Outstanding Young Malaysian Award".[3] In 2018 she was being nicknamed by the China media as "The Most Beautiful Dr".[4] Up to date, she holds 3 Malaysia Book of Records.[5]

Education[edit]

Soo is a law graduate from the University of Reading (UK), an MBA holder from the University of Sunshine Coast, and a PhD recipient in Business administration from Open University Malaysia.[6]

In 2018, she graduated with a master's degree in music production, innovation and technology and later 2019 on with a Post master's degree Fellowship from Berklee College of Music in 2019.[7]

Beauty pageants[edit]

Soo Wincci spent almost six years modelling and participated in over twenty pageants until she won her most desired title: Miss World Malaysia in 2008.[8]

In 2004, Wincci won second place in the Miss Malaysia Intercontinental pageant. However, the winner could not join the world pageant so she represented Malaysia in the Miss Intercontinental Pageant in China.[9] She came third in the Miss Malaysia Oriental World pageant in the same year.[9] In 2005, she was the first runner-up in the Miss Chinatown pageant.[8]

In 2008, she won Miss World Malaysia and represented Malaysia in the Miss World beauty pageant in Johannesburg, South Africa.[10] She was a semifinalist for the Miss World Top Model and top finalist for Miss World Talent contests.[11]

Career[edit]

2009–2012[edit]

In 2009, Soo began her acting career in a local NTV7 Chinese sitcom, titled Mr. Siao's Mandarin Class.[12] She was appointed as SAMSUNG LED ambassador. On 18 August 2009, Soo released her self-composed singing album Soo Wincci.[10] Her music video was sponsored by Samsung. Also, Samsung appointed her song "Beauty With a Purpose"[13] (which was sung in English, Malay, and Chinese) as the theme for Samsung LED.

Soo starred in the Media Corp Chinese drama titled Injustice as well as the second season of Mr Siao Mandarin Class in 2010.[12] Soo was also appointed to be the spokesperson for Avon Anew Skin in Malaysia,[14] as well as the ambassador of peace for Universal Peace Federation and the Red Crescent Society. She received a PhD scholarship from Open University Malaysia.[15]

Soo released her first full Chinese album titled Ying Guang in 2011.[16] She acted as Hui Ying in the Mediacorp drama Destiny in Her Hands" and NTV7's legal drama Justice in the City.[17] She also starred in Asia's first 3D thriller Hunter playing the role of a famous host named Hu Jing, aired in Asia in 2012. She composed and sang the movie's theme song.[18] In 2011, she went to the London Media and Film Academy to attend the Acting Masterclass, and the Hosting Masterclass.[18] She also worked on her vocal skills with famous UK singing coach, Kim Chadler.[18]

In 2012, she released her third Chinese album (with her own magazine) titled, In My Heart.[18]

Soo joined the celebrity edition of MasterChef Malaysia, reaching the top-five finalists and became known as the Queen of Desserts.[19] After MasterChef, she launched her Malay EP titled Terus Teranglah.[20]

She launched her first Chinese international album titled Happiness in Taiwan.[21]

2013–2015[edit]

In 2013, Soo was selected by Hollywood's Independent Critics for its list the 100 Most Beautiful Face of 2013. She was number 91.[22] In 2014, Soo founded her own talent management company, Beyond Artistes.[23]

Soo won the Media Choice Award in Malaysia's most prestigious Chinese music award (PWH) in 2015. She was selected as the Top 10 Chinese actor and actress for NTV7. She also acted as the main lead for the drama The Injustice Stranger.[24] She held her first solo concert Inwinccible at Plenary Hall in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, showcasing her talents in singing, languages as well as stunts. She invested RM500,000 of her own money for the concert after several sponsors pulled out because of a video she posted in August, where she urged the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign.[25]

2016-2017[edit]

In 2016, she restructured her company Beyond Artistes and settled her concert debts by not receiving income for one year. She performed and acted non-stop to clear her debts and managed to save her company within less than a year. She managed to complete her PhD research and passed her viva voce on 31 May 2016.[6]

Also in 2017 she wrote and produced her first book and audio book titled Inwinccible X.[26] She also became a music producer by writing, composing and producing her self-created first motivational pop song titled "I Am X A Loser". It has had over half a million views on YouTube.[27] Her Drama I Am Not a Loser was one of the highest rated Chinese dramas of 2017. She held her first motivational speaking tour giving talks at over twenty universities across Malaysia.[28] Her villain role inside "Kau Yang Satu" received good reviews and was successfully being released in cinemas, starring with famous local Malay actor and actress.[29]

2017-2018[edit]

In 2017 she was accepted by the Hollywood renowned music school Berklee College of Music to pursue her second Master in Music Production & Innovation.[30] Despite everyone going against her dream, she was determined to end her company Beyond Artistes and went ahead in furthering her studies in overseas. She was also working inside the studio in order to support herself in overseas. She also kept attending variety shows in China and was being nicknamed by the China media as "The Most Beautiful Dr".[4] She successfully graduated from her second Master & was awarded her postmaster fellowship by Berklee Valencia.[31]

2018-2019[edit]

She continued her postmaster fellowship while serving the college live sound department. In 2019 upon graduation, she was being awarded 2 records by the Malaysia Book of Records, "Beauty Queen with the Most Achieved Degrees" and "Recording Artist with the Most Achieved Degrees".[5] She was then being accepted into Spain No.1 Artistic University which is University of Polytechnic Valencia in order to pursue her second PhD in artistic production.[32]

2020[edit]

She reinvent herself and founded her new production and artistic company called Beyond Inwinccible Tricor. She started to travel non-stop between Spain and Malaysia for work and study. During the beginning of the year, she was being selected as the cultural ambassador for Thean Hou Temple of Malaysia.[33] She was then being selected as the ambassador for the prestige title of Top Ten Most Outstanding Young Malaysian" and also being appointed as Berklee Alumni ambassador. In mid 2020, she broke the news of her new comeback song with Latin Grammy Award Winning Producers. She is now in the midst of her music production.[34]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • 2016: Malaysian Book of Records as "The First Miss World Malaysia To Receive a PhD"[7]
  • 2016: JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM)[35]
  • 2019: Malaysian Book of Records for "Most Number of Academic Degrees Obtained by a Beauty Queen"[7]
  • 2019: Malaysian Book of Records for "Most Number of Academic Degrees Obtained by a Recording Artiste"[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Miss World 2008: Soo Wincci heads for South Africa". MalaysiaKini. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Mei Mei Chu (27 December 2013). "Soo Wincci Makes Malaysia Proud In Independent Critics' 100 Most Beautiful Faces Of 2013". says.com. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ "10 awarded for excellence in their respective fields". The Star. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b "China". sohu.com. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "World of Buzz". worldofbuzz.com. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b You may call her Dr Soo Wincci now, New Straits Times, 9 June 2016
  7. ^ a b c d Bernard Cheah (8 July 2019). "Soo Wincci makes it to Malaysia Book of Records once again with two new entries". The Star. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b "The Wincci Code". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b Dream come true Archived 2 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, The Sun (Malaysia), 6 November 2008
  10. ^ a b Ex-Miss World Malaysia Soo Wincci launches muhibbah-style mini album, The Star (Malaysia), 20 August 2009
  11. ^ "Artists: Ajai, Soo Wincci & Mistah G". cocacolacompany.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Mr Siao's Mandarin Class, ni hao ma". chinesetimeschool.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Ex-Miss World Malaysia Soo Wincci launches muhibbah-style mini album". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Avon goes beyond the simple 'white'". theborneopost.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  15. ^ Soo is no sleeping beauty Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, The Star (Malaysia), 20 November 2010
  16. ^ "Beauty with brains and talent". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Brainy beauty that is Soo Wincci". nst.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d "Winsome Wincci". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  19. ^ Lim, Ruby (21 April 2015). "In the kitchen with Soo Wincci". TheStarOnline. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Wincci joins Malay fans in fasting amid album launch". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Winsome Wincci wins 'em over". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Soo Wincci Makes Malaysia Proud In Independent Critics' 100 Most Beautiful Faces Of 2013". says.com. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Azam Tahun Kambing - Selebriti - Utusan Online". www.utusan.com.my. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015.
  24. ^ "Injustice Stranger". tvguide.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Soo Wincci says she is almost bankrupt, but has no regrets". themalaymailonline.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Inwinccible X: The Inwinccible Personal Journey & Strategies". mphonline.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  27. ^ "I Am X A Loser (Motivational Pop Song) Dr. Soo Wincci 蘇盈之 全民激励歌「真心不怕輸」主題曲". youtube.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Find your Inwinccible X-factor". cybermed.edu. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  29. ^ https://gempak.com/artikel/6006/i-superhate-isabella-watak-soo-wincci-dalam-kau-yang-satu-dikecam-netizen
  30. ^ "Berklee". berklee.edu. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  31. ^ "The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  32. ^ "2nd PhD". nst.com. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  33. ^ "Thean Hou". thestar.com. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  34. ^ "Latin Grammy". thestar.com. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  35. ^ "10 awarded for excellence in their respective fields". The Star. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2019.

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