Despite having a hearing disability, Miss Chui Yee Shia overcame all odds and was crowned a title-holder at Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2013 held at Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old makeup artist, who is 80 per cent deaf in both ears, was named Miss Singapore Friendship International 2013, one of six titles given out at the finals.
She also bagged three out of the 10 subsidiary awards voted on by judges and sponsors – Miss Photogenic, Miss Healing Touch and Miss V10 Plus Ambassador – making her the biggest winner of the night.
An elated Miss Chui told The New Paper after the pageant: “I feel really great. I’ve always wanted to be an inspiration to others, to show that having a disability doesn’t have to stop me from achieving my dreams, no matter how big and wild they might be.”
Besides Miss Singapore Friendship International, Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2013 – which is into its 25th year – also awarded titles like Miss Singapore Tourism Queen International, Miss Singapore Global Beauty Queen, Miss Singapore All Nations, Miss Singapore International Model Of The Year and Miss Singapore Bride Of The World.