Markham, May 26, 2013 - The Hilton Suites & Conference Center hosted the grand finals of the Beauties of Asia 2013. Nearly 25 contestants from all over Toronto vied for the prestigious crown.
Delegates represented various Asian ethnic communities showcasing beauty, elegance, and cultural heritage. They were selected from three auditions held in Splendid China Mall and the semi-finals in Korean Cultural Center.
After weeks of rehearsals, photo shoot, social events, networking, and media coverage, the candidates gained substantial experience and confidence that prepared them for the big night.
They competed in traditional costume, swimsuit, and evening gown reflecting their personal taste.It was a very exciting competition as the candidates charmed the audience with their grace and beauty, and awed them with their talent showcase, wit, and confidence.
After the Special Awards were given, the top 10 candidates were selected from which the final 5 was chosen. The decision was made after an on-stage panel interview with the judges.
Saira Kowlessarof the Malaysian community won the crown & title and was crowned by outgoing Beauties of Asia 2012, Jodi Jahnke, who is also the reigning Canada's Perfect Supermodel 2013.
1st runner-up Jasleen Gill - Indian community, 2nd runner-up Angela Yang - Korean community, 3rd runner-up AbisshekaLloydson – Sri-Lankan community, and 4th runner-up Nicole Lulu Wang – Chinese community.
Multiple candidates represented the said community groups, plus Bangladesh, East India, Japan, Philippines, Pakistan, and Taiwan.
Saira is a 21 year-old Brampton native who is creative and passionate about the fashion industry and specializes in skincare and advance paramedical treatments. She is of Sri-Lankan heritage with her mother and father born in Malaysia and Guyana respectively.
Aside from the crown, cash, jewelry, and travel, Saira will also enjoy media training and representation of the youth of Asian descent and communities throughout the year.
The organizer, GAIYA (Global Asian Interactive Youth Assoc.), was thrilled with the big turn-out of more than 400 VIP guests, sponsors, media, volunteers, past BOA titleholders and contestants, as well as, reigning queens from other pageants including Canada's Perfect, Miss World Canada, and Miss Earth Ontario.
JCR Entertainment put on an exciting production and fabulous show through gorgeous staging and high energy live performances from various local artists and rising stars. Setting the excitement a notch higher were hosts Andre Vash and Julia Cosby with their witty and sophisticated style.
Support from the CMC-AO (Canadian Multicultural Council-Asians in Ontario) promoted the event to all Asian communities and other civic communities that resonated unity, collaboration, and celebration of diversity.
Beauties of Asia celebrated 5 years of beauty, friendship, and collaboration among Asian ethnic community groups. "I am very grateful and honored to carry this title and fulfill all duties as Miss Beauties Of Asia 2013! GAIYA has given and continues to give Asian communities in Canada a platform to unite and share experiences of youth, culture and society," said winner, Saira K. Official event photographer: Kelvin Young Photography
Beauties of Asia is part of the Asian Heritage Month that was enacted by the Toronto Municipal Government. It offers opportunities for young Asians to appreciate and share the values and qualities of their own heritage and that of other multicultural communities to promote understanding and harmony, thus, manifesting the invigorated spirit of unity among the new generation of Asian-Canadian youth. www.beautiesofasia.ca