Model and TV host Deborah Henry has been crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2011, the second time she has won a national beauty contest.
“I am honored and lucky to be representing Malaysia on the world stage,” said Deborah, who is of Indian-Irish descent. “I’m in it to win. If I never take part, I will never know how far I will go for the rest of my life.”
The 26-year-old at present runs the Save the Kids Education Fund, an education centre for Somali refugee children. Deborah, who won the Miss World Malaysia title in 2007, was chosen by popular vote via the pageant’s official Facebook page combined with the views of a panel of judges.
The board comprised Miss Universe Malaysia Pageant national director Andrea Fonseka, local actor Hans Isaac and Russian beauty expert Julia Dolmatova.
Deborah will symbolize Malaysia at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in September.
Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 will also be crowned in September this year as part of the pageant’s new format that aims to offer more training for future contestants.
Miss Universe Malaysia is part of the international Miss Universe franchise owned and managed by the Trump Organisation in a combined venture with NBC Universal.