Kuala Lumpur, 31 0ctober 2019 Sisters llyn and Elyn Loh from Kuala Lumpur, made Malaysia proud and raised our Jalur Gemilang high at the recent Little Miss & Mister United World 2019 world finals which was held at the beautiful island of Tenerife in Spain from 2nd to 8th October 2019.
11 year old llyn is the proud winner of the International Model Grand Prix 2019. Itb was the very first time for a Malaysian delegate to achieve such a high achievement in the prestigious children’s competition. llyn also snagged the Best Photo Model and Best Art Costume subsidiary titles, and made it as a Golden Laurel Olympiad Top 10 Talent finalist. Her younger sister, 7 year old Elyn Loh was crowned Mini Miss United World 2019 Group Champion (ages 7 9), while also securing the Best International Model Catwalk and Best Video subsidiary titles. She is also a top ten finalist of the Golden Laurel Olympiad.
This was revealed at press conference held at Ampang Glasshouse, Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by the members of the media, the girl’s instructors, supporting and contributing partners, delighted family members, close friends, and invited guests, this morning. A Halloween themed event was held later in the evening to show appreciation to all those who actively contributed and supported the girls amazing journey from preparation to victory in Tenerife.
According to the girls elated mother Swan Lum, ”Words cannot truly describe my emotions at seeing both my girls succeed together at the same time by winning the International Model Grand Prix 2019 and Mini Miss United World Group Champion respectively. ” With tears swelling from her eyes the proud mum added ”This is truly the biggest reward in my life to be able to witness both of them achieving the highest honorable titles at the world stage. I am truly grateful to all that has happened. lts every mum’s dream come true.”
The ecstatic young pair from SJK(C) Tsun Jin not only gained prestigious awards but also made many new friendships from around the globe, during the international competition which saw 47 delegates from 20 countries challenging each other for honors.
To reach this level of achievement, the pair were grateful for the loving guidance and unwavering mentoring provided by their dedicated teachers Jessie Foo Mooi-Chun and Cher Win, both of whom are from Dance V Me dancing academy. Academy principal Jessie Foo, is a professional Latin American & Ballroom instructor and international adjudicator. She is also the founder and organizer of Little Miss Malaysia and also the National Director of Little Miss and Mister United World.
With Jessie’s properly regulated and structured program, llyn & Elyn managed to prepare themselves for the competition in under 4 months.
llyn and Elyn gained entry to the Little Miss & Mister United World 2019 competition by participating in the Little Miss Malaysia 2017/18 and winning the Miss Glamour and Mini Princes title respectively. No strangers to children’s competitions, the hardworking pair also participated in the Prince and Princess International 2018 competition in Phuket and won two awards.
”A mother’s love has no boundaries”, shared Swan Lum as she described their painstaking journey in preparing her daughters for the competition.
That is why every effort was made to ensure the girls were properly groomed and well taken care off ahead of the competition, but in a balanced way.
During the competition in Spain, the girls were privileged to wear stylish, beautiful and elegant outfits specially created by young and fast rising Penang based designer Micheal Ooi. Many late nights were spent creating the total of 10 outfits that were featured by llyn and Elyn at the competition. llyn’s outstanding costume by Micheal earned her the Best Art Costume subsidiary title.
To achieve their success, the young girls had to go through and endure all sorts of assessments and experiences, from being subjected to challenging interviews, discovering new friendships, participating in cultural exchanges, going through intense training, while undergoing various rehearsals from catwalk to talent.
Little Miss & Mister United World, originally known as the International Children’s Festival “Little Miss World”, was founded by Natalya Kovalyova as a festival for girls and boys from 5 to 14 years of age, It was established at the turn of the millennium in 2000 and was formed with the goal of creating a new nation of talented, educated, friendly and motivated children. Its objective was to gather representatives from all over the world for the annual children’s festival, in order to strengthen the friendly ties between their various countries, to discover and explore the world’s cultural heritage and to present the delegates individual talents.
The festival is unique because of its harmonious symbiosis of personal qualities, creativity and active ecological position. One of the main rounds of the festival is the talent presentation, Another key round is the presentation of an ecological project by each contestant, which was assessed by a professional international jury.
Each of the countries sharing our planet has significant cultural heritage. Little Miss & Mister United World unites the diversity and beauty of these heritage from every corner of our globe. ”Children are able to touch the deepest strings of our hearts. Their talent conquers and disarms, gives joy and delight.”
All festival participants receive personal nomination, crowns, crystal trophies, gifts from the various partners of the festival. The winners also receive money tranches to develop their talents and environmental projects in their country!
This year the competition was held on the scenic volcanic island of Tenerife, which is located in the breathtaking Canary Islands. The beautiful and contrasting tropical island is replete with all sorts of beaches: wild or well equipped, with white or black volcanic sand and pebbles, and national parks with incredible views and fabulous mountain gorges surrounding the Teide volcano. Those who have visited the crater of this volcano at an altitude of almost 4000 meters, say that to go there, is as if you are touching the sky. The island is also well known for whale and dolphin watching, and was the perfect setting for the Little Miss & Mister United World’s this year.
The first day of competition entitled Friendship Day saw all delegates along with their parents being presented in a colourful celebration of love, joy and camaraderie, as they proudly showcased their countries.
Performance Day on the second day saw all delegates presenting their talents in various categories that included vocals, dance etc. Both llyn and Elyn performed the Paso Doble in well-choreograph routines that was among the audiences favourites, in their respective categories.
Pirate Day was probably the most fun day for the delegates as they got to sail the seven seas on board an actual 17th century replica sailing ship, in actual pirate costumes and recreate scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean, but themed as Pirates of the Canary Islands.
The grandest moments for the delegates was, of course, the spectacular Awards Gala Night, which saw our outstanding young Malaysian delegates creating history.
International Model Grand Prix 2019 Best PhotoModel
Mini Miss United World-Group Champion Best International Model Catwalk Awards Best Video
Both Golden Laurel Olympiad 10 Talent Finalist