Kuala Lumpur, Sunday, 13th September 2020 – Mohamad Saddam Bin Roslan, a 28-year-old administration officer from Kuantan and Hafsa Munir, a 23-year old model, actress and talent manager of Indian & Thai heritage from Kuala Lumpur were the ultimate victors in the male and female categories respectively at the Super Model Universe Malaysia 2020 Grand Finals which took place at the Royale Chulan Damansara tonight. Both winners will represent Malaysia at the world finals of the international modelling competition which will be held online in December and decided by voting as confirmed by the organisers in Bulgaria.
With a possibility of joining them at the international finals will be Super Model Universe Malaysia 2020 People’s Choice Champion (Female) Devakani Bhalan and Super Model Universe Malaysia 2020 People’s Choice Champion (Male) Muhammad Joshua Jiau.
The Super Model Universe Borneo title went to 28-year-old model & commercial talent Zusther Anak Jemat from Sarawak, while the Super Model Universe International 2020 title was awarded to 26-year-old hospitality entrepreneur Gina Rochelle from Portugal.
In the Super Model Universe 2020 Kids/Teen modelling category, 12-year-old Reymi Tham Ka Hoong from Selangor and, while 15-year-old Adibah Azmi from Selangor was awarded as the Teen Champion. The Most Promising Kid Model title went to 9-year-old Leiya Lim from Selangor and the People’s Choice Champion was awarded to 8-year-old Aliyha Ysabelle S. Khan from The Philippines.
The prestigious and highly regarded internationally branded modelling competition was organised jointly by Target Fitness PJ and Yinzi Event & Marketing. The 5-hour-long content rich finals was attended by VVIP guests, sponsors, family members and members of the press.
The well-acknowledged Super Model Universe competition originates from Sophia, Bulgaria and is part of the internationally renown Mrs Universe Ltd franchise.
The event featured some of the top fashion designers in Malaysia in an explosive and extravagant finale which had the crowd roaring with excitement from start to finish. Among the designers that were showcased on the runway by the finalists during the competition included Gib Idris, Zanbra & Zandra, Qif Alavarez, Adriana Dvora, Azmi Halim, Maya Ubrani, Zuraida Said, Ellie, Elnaz Laki, Farel Mikhail & Jonathan Kok, Mensuit Jungle and Faridz Salleh. Performing at the event were SMUM 2020 finalists lead by Kevin Lee, Reymi Tham and Pusat Tuisyen Titian Jaya.
The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of thirteen judges that included fashion designers Farel Mikhail & Jonathan Kok, Mrs Classic International 2018 Melanie Foo, fitness model & personal trainer Mortezza Estami, CEO of TBC Elektrik Rico Lee, Founder of Pendulums of the Universe Master Sarika Malhotra, founder of Diamonia Jewelry Shingary, CEO & founder of Bookd Carl Graham, Founder & Managing Director of XES Shoes Simpson Wong, EVO Development Manager Terence Heng, CEO of Sweet Royal Cheeks YM Tengku Dato’ Shanaz Aziz, Super Model Universe Malaysia 2020 Ambassador Renee Tang and founder of Lamode Coiffure Group Alex Lim.
Malaysia’s 2019 female winner Thalia Thin Yi En did our nation proud by winning the prestigious Super Model Universe 2019 world title in the female category when she competed in the international final in Sofia, Bulgaria last year. Due to Thalia’s overwhelming international win last year, Malaysia was awarded the right to stage the international finals this year but due to the pandemic, it will be held in Malaysia in 2021 instead, once global travel restrictions are lifted.
Main sponsors to the competition are XES Shoes and Evo. Key sponsors include Diamonia Jewellery, TBC Elektrik, Sweet Royal Cheeks, Body Breakfast, Renee Tang Academy, Lamode Coiffure and Jessica Lee MUA . Other sponsors include Bookd, Gold Tree Orchard, LaMode, urbandjs, Musica Academy, Works Integrated, Mandy Lee Production, Pusat Latihan Perniagaan Universal and Pusat Bahasa Titian Jaya. Rentak Sejuta is the official media partner for the competition, with InFrame and CJMY as supporting media partners.
According to Super Model Universe Malaysia’s license holder and national director Ammetta Malhotra, “Super Model Universe was established with a vision and mission to discover, nurture and assist budding young models and commercial talents with the aim to expose and create opportunities for them in the modelling, fashion and beauty industries”.
Malhotra was awarded the license by the brand principals to organise the local edition of the prestigious modelling competition in Malaysia after placing in the top 3 at the Mrs Universe Classic pageant in Sophia, Bulgaria in 2019.
The sold-out local final was staged again this year but under strict SOPs, after a five-month-long delay. upon the easing up of the Movement Control Order by the Government,
Open auditions for the Malaysian edition of the competition was held at the Palace of The Golden Horses earlier this year on 1st March 2020, but due to the escalation of the pandemic globally and the resulting Movement Control Order enforced in Malaysia, the finals of the pageant was postponed.
This year’s Malaysian finals saw 11 adult males, 11 females and 9 kids/teens model finalists competing for honours.
Despite the movement control restrictions the contestants were kept busy with various online challenges for sponsors such as XES, EVO, Diamonia, TBC and Body Breakfast, among others.
As the trend continued towards virtual engagements and activities, Malhotra felt that it was best to position the contestants as influencers and focused on developing their confidence and skills in order to represent the Super Model Universe brand adequately.
“I thank all my sponsors for having faith in our organisation and returning again this year to give us their full support once more ”, Malhotra expressed during her opening address.
“Brands like EVO who came in as a main sponsor, are leading homegrown timepiece makers, distributors and retailers with outlets nationwide.”, Malhotra added. She also thanked leading homegrown footwear brand and retailer XES for their loyal and continuous support during this difficult pandemic period and for coming in once again as their main sponsor. Another homegrown brand Diamonia Jewelry sponsored diamond jewelry worth RM 200,000 to the winners and all finalists. Another regular sponsor TBC Elektrik sponsored 8K LED televsions to the main winners.