Miss Grand Malaysia
|Formation||August 29, 2013|
|Miss Grand International|
|Introducing Talent Sdn. Bhd. (2017 – 2021)|
HyperLive Entertainment Pte. Ltd. (2022 – Present)
Miss Grand Malaysia is an annual female beauty pageant in Malaysia, founded by a Penang-based businessperson Anson Chong in 2013, aiming to select the country representative for Miss Grand International, which is an annual international beauty pageant promoting World Peace and against all kinds of conflicts. During 2015 to 2021, the contest was run by Introducing Talent Sdn Bhd, under the leadership of Jude Benjamin Lisa. Since 2022, the franchise has belonged to the Singapore-based start-up HyperLive Entertainment.
Malaysia holds a record of 3 placements at Miss Grand International in 2016, 2020, and 2021, the highest achievement was top 10 finalists in 2020, won by Jasebel Robert of Kuala Lumpur.
The current Miss Grand Malaysia is Charissa Chong of Selangor. She will represent her country at the upcoming Miss Grand International 2022 pageant held at Jakarta, Indonesia.
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The Miss Grand Malaysia beauty contest was founded in 2013 by Penang-based businessperson Anson Chong who ran the inaugural edition at Queensbay Mall in Bayan Lepas, featuring 12 national finalists representing all Malaysia states. Of which, Michelle Madeleine Boey from the host state was announced as the winner and won the prizes worth 10,000 RM During 2014 to 2016, no national pageant held to determine the winner, the country representatives for the international competition were designated by different national directors.
After three years of hiatus, the pageant was brought back in 2017 by a public relation and digital marketing consultant from Sarawak Jude Benjamin Lisa, who served as the national licensee for Miss Grand International in Malaysia during 2015 to 2021. Together with the business partner Josh Oneill, he also set up the event organizer privately held firm Introducing Talent Sdn Bhd to be responsible for managing the affiliated pageant, beginning with the second edition of Miss Grand Malaysia, in which Sanjeda John from Sabah was named the winner at a contest held at Evolve Concept Mall in Selangor on 5 August outclassing 15 other finalists. In the same event, the country representative for Miss Interncontinental 2017 was also crowned. Since then, the pageant has been held annually to select the Malaysian candidates for various international pageants including Miss Grand International until the organization lost the franchise to the Singapore-based start-up company HyperLive Entertainment Pte Ltd in 2022. The national titleholder for Miss Grand International has been determined through the Miss World Malaysia ever since. The event was organized by Fantastic Golden Sdn. Bhd., who was appointed by the Singaporean franchise holder company as its official partner to produce the event in Malaysia.
Since 2017, the organization has been franchising the state competitions to the individual organizers, who would name the state titleholders to compete in the national pageant. Beginning with three state pageants in 2017 including Sabah, Sarawak, and Kuala Lumpur, Melaka became the fourth member in 2018, while Selangor and Johor firstly joined the contest in 2019 and 2020, respectively. The organizer also planned to held the seventh-state pageant in Penang in 2022, but, unfortunately, lost the franchise to the HyperLive Entertainment.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pageant was virtually held for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021. Originally, the organizer planned to conduct the 2020 physical contest at Bangi Avenue Convention Centre in late June, but postponed it twice, firstly to mid-October, and then to 30 January 2021. However, in early 2021, the situation of the outbreak has not improved, causing the organizer to hold the contest virtually instead, in which Jasebel Robert was chosen to participate at the Miss Grand International 2020 in Thailand, while the remainder of the candidates was qualified to compete at the 2021 national contest automatically.
Location and date
The following list is the edition detail of the Miss Grand Malaysia contest, since its inception in 2013.
|Year||Edition||Date||Final venue||Host State||Entrants||Ref.|
|2013||1st||29 September||Ground floor, Central Atrium, Queensbay Mall||Penang||12|||
|2017||2nd||5 August||Grand Pacific Ballroom, Evolve Concept Mall, Petaling Jaya||Selangor||16|||
|2019||4th||28 April||Meritz Hotel, Miri||Sarawak||24|||
|2020||5th||28 January 2021||The pageant was held virtually, due to the spreading of the COVID-19||17|||
|2022||7th||27 August||Sabah International Convention Centre, Kota Kinabalu||Sabah||7|||
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Since 2017, the national finalists' selection of the Miss Grand Malaysia has been operated via three systems, including (1) the multiplex regional pageant system, in which the state franchisee conducts several local pageants and casting events to determine the state finalists, or franchising the local competition to individual organizers, who would name their representative to compete at the state pageants. (2) a simple regional pageant system, the state pageant is held to select the national finalists with no lower pageants or casting events, and (3) a central direct application through the national licensee, the organization then selects the candidates based on their profiles.
The winner, as well as the 1-2 runners-up of each state pageant, will automatically qualify to the national stage while other runners-up and some finalists candidates will be entered to the wild card round, in which the national organizer will then select the supplementary national candidates based on their discretion.
As of 2020, six states was held the state contest for the Miss Grand Malaysia, including:
Simple state pageants
Multiplex state pageants
|Miss Grand Malaysia National Finalists Selection Procedure|
(2017 – 2021)
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|Year||Miss Grand Malaysia||Runners-up||Ref.|
|1st Runner-up||2nd Runner-up||3rd Runner-up||4th Runner-up|
|2013||Penang – Michelle Madeleine Boey||Kedah – Malena Yvelisse||Kuala Lumpur – Natelynn Tiow||—||—|||
|2014||Penang – Jane Koo Wai Kuan||No runners-up, the titleholders were appointed to the position.|||
|2015||Kelantan – Santhawan Boonratana|||
|2016||Selangor – Ranmeet Jassal|||
|2017||Sabah – Sanjeda John||Putrajaya – Cass Chen||Sarawak – Fiolla Redup||—||—|||
|2018||Sabah – Debra Jeanne Poh||Sabah – Kate Cantwell||Sabah – Scarlett Megan Liew||Kuala Lumpur – Taanusiya Veerapandian||Sarawak – Rachel Chin Jia Ning|||
|2019||Sabah – Mel Dequanne Abar||Perak – Saroopdeep Kaur Bath||Selangor – Haaraneei Muthu Kumar||Sarawak – Julie Minele Senele||Selangor – Lishallinny Kanaran|||
|2020||Kuala Lumpur – Jasebel Robert[α]||No runners-up, the remainder delegates were qualified to compete at the 2021 contest automatically.|||
|2021||Selangor – Lishallinny Kanaran[β]||Johor Bahru – Malveen Kaur[γ]||Kuala Lumpur – Poorani Rajoo[δ]||Not Assigned|||
|2022||Selangor – Charissa Chong||Sarawak – Vivienna Alfred||Johor Bahru – Angela Quah||Not Assigned|||
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The following list is the national finalists of the Miss Grand Malaysia pageant, as well as the competition results.
- Color keys
- W Declared as the winner
- Ended as a runner-up
- Ended as a semifinalist
- Ended as a quarterfinalist
- – Did not participate
2013-2017, 2022: State titles assigned
|Johor Bahru||Elene Ong||Parveen Sidhu||Angela Quah|
|Kedah||Malena Yvelisse||Shireen Kaur|
|Kelantan||Reese Shi-Qi||Maria Devonne Escobia|
|Kuala Lumpur||Natelynn Tiow||Sanjna Suri (W)|
|Malacca||Albee Teh||Mithrra Kuladeva|
|Negeri Sembilan||Janice Lim||Rachell Ho|
|Pahang||Miera Sheikh||Raveena Vinayagan|
|Penang||Michelle Madeleine (W)||Olga Hutagoal|
|Perak||Alice Patrica||Priscillia Peter|
|Perlis||Jacquelinn Yap||Samira Siadatan|
|Putrajaya||Vincy Yu Qing||Cass Chen|
|Sabah||—||Sanjeda John (W)||Meme Yaw|
|Sarawak||—||Fiollaa Redup||Vivienna Alfred|
|Selangor||Suki Teoh||Haaraneei Muthu Kumar||Charissa Chong|
2018-2021: State pageants
|Section I:State-level pageants: 6 state pageants (Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Johor Bahru)|
|Kuala Lumpur||Winner||Taanusiya Veerapandian||Kishweni Jaganathan||Melissa Aurellia||No pageant held|
|1st RU||Audrey Wong||Chermaine Kang Yi Ting||Poorani Rajoo|
|2nd RU||Erma Masilla Kotiu||—||Vinthiya Vasu|
|Wild Card||Nanthini Nadarajah||—||Gurpreet Reeta Kaur||Gurpreet Reeta Kaur|
|Sivasakti Alexander||—||Lindsey Yap Li See||Lindsey Yap Li See|
|Kai Chin||—||—||Poorani Rajoo|
|Malacca||Winner||Valentina Monteiro||Devhia Barathi||The pageant was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.||No pageant held|
|1st RU||Cherlyn Ong||Lydia Yeo Sze Ern|
|Wild Card||Arthi Ganesen||—||Pretty Tey Pei Ling||Pretty Tey Pei Ling|
|Claire Easter Rigis||—||—||—|
|Sabah||Winner||Scarlett Megan Liew||Mel Dequanne Abar (W)||The pageant was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.||Chellyana Tensu|
|1st RU||Kate Cantwell||Valerie Sim||Dewi Natasha|
|2nd RU||Debra Jeanne Poh (W)||—||Anya Kimberly|
|Wild Card||Cynthia Avat Aing||Malle Christian Anderson||Marvena Jitol|
|Sarawak||Winner||Theresa Lieyshar Seri||Julie Minele Senele||The pageant was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.||Elvieka Chrissy|
|1st RU||Rachel Chin Jia Ning||Lysandra Gabriel Storie||Hannah Musa|
|Wild Card||Caithlin Supang||Adriana Liun David||Angela Kon||Angela Kon|
|Ellna Jiway||Gloria Kelbin||Kelly Raywyn Cahill||Kelly Raywyn Cahill|
|Selangor||Winner||No pageant held.||Haaraneei Muthu Kumar||Lishallinny Kanaran||Sarah Cynthia|
|1st RU||Simona Boonratana||Mellanie Yew Hoe Yan||—|
|Wild Card||—||Meagala Kanesh||Meagala Kanesh|
|—||—||Lishallinny Kanaran (W)|
|—||—||Mellanie Yew Hoe Yan|
|Johor Bahru||Winner||—||—||The pageant was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.||Malveen Kaur|
|Wild Card||—||—||Venus Xabelle Iyn||Venus Xabelle Iyn|
|Section II:Central direct application|
|Kuala Lumpur||Wild Card||Jaspreet Kaur||—||Jasebel Robert (W)||Teo Hui Xing|
|Lekha Nadarajan||Sarah Cynthia||—|
|Penang||Wild Card||Shanggaree Baskaran||—||—||—|
|Selangor||Wild Card||Nisha Suwandy||Lishalliny Kanaran||Giselle Tay||Giselle Tay|
|—||—||Kimberly Soh Jing Hui||Kimberly Soh Jing Hui|
|Pahang||Wild Card||—||Anna Jhia-Jhia Tan||—||—|
|Johor Bahru||Wild Card||—||Gloria Jane Fernandez||Esther Tan Yu Xing||Esther Tan Yu Xing|
|Perak||Wild Card||—||Saroopdeep Kaur Bath||—||—|
|Sarawak||Wild Card||—||Emily Elizabeth Beard||—||—|
|—||Emily Chieng Dee Ling||—|
|Section III: Selection Committee|
|Sarawak||Wild Card||No selection committee section||Marilyn Lenggie||No selection committee section||No selection committee section|
|Zoey Marie Anderson|
|Selangor||Wild Card||Rubini Kandhsamy|
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Source: "Miss Grand Malaysia", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 13th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Grand_Malaysia.
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