Popular candidate: Lisa Marie Tse, a 25-year-old aspiring actress, was an early favorite before winning Hong Kong’s premiere beauty pageant.
- Organized by TVB television station, the annual event selects its top five winners via public voting.
- While not fluent in Cantonese, Tse captured the hearts of Hong Kong viewers with her performance of the classic Chinese song “Shanghai Tang.”
- Standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall, Tse was the only overseas finalist to make the top 10 during Sunday’s pageant. She was also awarded both the “Champion” and “Miss Photogenic” prize.
- Meanwhile, trainee interior designer Celina Harto won first runner-up, while Rosita Kwok Pak Yin won second.
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- “Hong Kong has always held a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to take this opportunity to continue to spread love and joy,” shared Tse on Instagram.
- A graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, Tse worked as a surgical nurse in a Scottish hospital before giving in to her father’s suggestion.
- “When I was 17 years old, my dad encouraged me to come to Hong Kong and join the Miss Hong Kong pageant, but I was not interested at the time, since I have so many friends in Scotland,” she was quoted by The Standard as saying.
- According to Tse she had a hectic past few weeks but considered the experience to be amazing. The previous winner, Carmaney Wong Ka-man, passed on her crown to Tse.
- “I have learnt so much, grown as a person and really couldn’t have done this without your support. I am still in complete shock,” she added.