Miss Universe Singapore is an annual contest held in Singapore to select the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant. The 12 finalists of Miss Universe Singapore 2014 were unveiled on August 2. The pageant was held on August 22 and was broadcast on cable channel, Fashion TV.
This year’s contest included Ijechi Nazirah Nwaozuzu, a Singaporean of African and Malaysian heritage. Born to a Nigerian father and a Malay mother, the 21-year-old is currently studying law at the National University of Singapore. Raised in Bukit Panjang, she also claims Chinese, Indian, and Portuguese heritage.
Regarding her unique circumstances, she states, “My sister and I were raised to be Singaporean in identity and values, but global in our outlook and perspective.” One of the more challenging issues for her as a child was being identified as “Other” in the school register. She felt it was harder to fit in, as she did not belong to any of the major racial groups. While Singapore is multicultural, ethnic Asians predominate. Seventy-five percent of the population is Chinese, with significant minorities of Malays, Indians, and Eurasians. “Part of why I joined this competition is to show the world that we’re cosmopolitan. We always talk about Singapore being multiracial, but I don’t think we show enough of that on the international stage,” said Ijechi.
Ijechi competed well, finishing second runner-up and also selected for the Best Legs award. Now, she can refocus on her studies. She is interested in international law, human rights, women’s rights, and family law. As she says, “the most important thing now is to survive law school and graduate.”
BONUS: Cecelia Chng – makeup stylist to blasians Kimora Lee Simmons and Naomi Campbell – served as the makeup artist for Miss Universe Singapore 2014!