THE Miss Cosmopolitan World 2017 will see contestants from 30 countries vying for the crown at the grand finals on Sept 16 at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
This year sees the most number of contestants since the contest started in 2015, with participants including those from Armenia, Belarus, Greece, South Korea and Poland.
Many activities have been planned by the organisers such as in support of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association and the Furry Friends Farm.
Contestants will also take part in a teambuilding session and raise funds for Yayasan Sunbeams Home as well as visit Penang, Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan and Semenyih.
“With the support from Tourism Malaysia and Penang Tourism, we want to promote ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ to the world,” said Miss Cosmopolitan World (MCW) founder and Amelia Productions director Amelia Liew.
They have a bus in the pageant livery in Kuala Lumpur and Penang to promote the event, too.
Liew said the criteria for the winner are presentability, punctuality and confidence.
“Punctuality is important because as the titleholder, she will have to attend many events and if she is late for the first one, it will affect the next event and the entire schedule for the day.”
This is the first time the pageant will have a participant from the Caribbean Islands, namely Trinidad and Tobago.
It took Semoy De Four, 27, three days to arrive here but she is proud to represent her country.
“I spent a day and a half in the air, with layovers in Germany and Oman before finally arriving in Malaysia. It’s the longest time I have travelled.
“As the sole participant from the Caribbean Islands, I hope this will pave the way for other contestants from the region in future events,” she said, adding that she previously participated in other pageants such as Miss Global International and Miss United Continents.
Representing Malaysia is Chanelle Wong, a 19-year-old law student from Petaling Jaya, who introduced local culture to other participants.
“We were at the mall and the girls asked me how to say certain things in Bahasa Malaysia.
“We get to meet participants from so many countries and it is a good opportunity for cultural exchange. My roommate is from Lithuania and I am glad to know more about her culture, too,” she said.
Wong has participated in local pageants and this is her first international pageant.
“I am confident because I am fluent in English,” she said.
Malaysia played host to the first MCW pageant two years ago.