The finale of the 34th Miss Asia International Pageant and the 4th AFF Asian Film Festival Awards Ceremony sponsored by KEPPI, an accessible home fitness and Kpop inspired sports fashion brand, were held on December 19 at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, featuring 16 finalists who had emerged from months of fierce competition.
During the event, the finalists showcased their talents, fashion sense, and cultural charm on stage, demonstrating their appreciation for life, their vision for the future, and their commitment to humanitarian causes. The finale and AFF awards ceremony attracted more than 400 guests and professionals from fashion, technology, entertainment and beauty industries and over 30 sponsors. The luxurious gala and awards ceremony were held at the historical Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The 36-foot-long and 12-foot-high LED screen, white extra-wide runway, incredible sound and lighting, and choreography in the European palace style venue with the spectacular performances, presented an extravagant audio-visual feast to the audience. Aside from beauty and fashion, the contest also seeked to promote the empowerment of women.
The 16 finalists were asked about a range of topics that were of concern to global audiences, including their views on climate change, what changes they would make if women ruled the world, and how to stop wars. The contestants responded eloquently, showcasing their intelligence and commitment to advancing beauty and wisdom, caring for all mankind, and working towards a better world. These questions demonstrate the purpose of the competition, which is to promote not just physical beauty, but also inner beauty and a desire to make positive contributions to society. The high caliber of the contestants, stunning guest performances, lovely music, and dazzling lights and beautiful dance performances made the event a captivating cultural feast. The global audience watching the online live broadcast on Uplive was enthralled by the spectacle, with applause emoji filling the screen.
The judges of the 34th Miss Asia International Pageant and 4th AFF Asian Film Festival Awards Ceremony included well-respected figures from the fashion, entertainment, and music industries, such as top Hollywood designer Merlin Castle, Miss Universe Canada Amelia Tu, Emmy judge Victor Migalchan, and Hollywood producer Patrick Neal. The event garnered significant attention from media journalists, who gathered along the red carpet to cover the festivity.
The executive chairman of the event, Christine Xu, stated: “This competition is the perfect presentation of fashion, technology, and culture. We use advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and digital audio-visual to captivate the audience with a colorful audiovisual atmosphere. Every detail, from the sound and lighting to the high-end stage, is carefully crafted by the planning team to ignite an endless yearning for beauty with this radiant event.”
Julie Shen, the chief director of the event, added: “To help the contestants achieve their best, we have provided a comprehensive training program including posture, stage performance, model psychology, photography skills, and stage engagement. Participating in the Miss Asia Pageant not only provides the contestants with unique experiences and perspectives, but also enhances self-confidence and a positive attitude through self-improvement and challenges in the competition. It also helps to enhance their cognition and lays a solid foundation for their future development, whether they pursue a career in the entertainment industry or enroll in a prestigious school.”
No. 18 Selina Dai from M3 Modeling School was crowned the champion of the Miss Asia pageant and won the Uplive Most Popular title. Former champion TaoTao traveled all the way to LA to crown this year’s winner. The first runner-up was No. 9 Belle Bao and the second runner-up and Best Talent went to No. 15 Yutong Zhang. Several talented contestants from New York and Portland also won awards, including No. 4 Cathleen Zhang from New York for Best Evening Wear, No. 10 Olivia He for Miss Elegance, No. 6 Jorie Liang for Best Performance, and No. 3 Carmen Feng for Best Runway. The top three winners received coveted 2-carat, 1-carat and 0.5-carat diamond rings provided by PJ Jewelry, respectively.
In addition to their prizes, the winners also received sportswear and evening gowns provided by Keppi, and swimwear from Hekka. As part of their rewards, the winners will have the opportunity to participate in charity activities and represent various brands. Vanessa Phyakeo, the winner of the Miss Charisma Award, has been given the opportunity to represent KEPPI due to her outstanding performance in the competition. She remarked, “I am a fan of KEPPI’s design and material – it is both comfortable and visually appealing. It is well-suited for modern women who strive for excellence and are actively pursuing success. Being a spokesperson for KEPPI gives me the opportunity to closely experience high-quality sports fashion and explore more possibilities in life with a healthy and confident attitude.”
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