Celebrating women who break the mould of a beauty queen

The 15 finalists of the Miss Universe Singapore 2018 pageant were unveiled yesterday on board the Genting Dream luxury cruise ship. They are contestants (top row, from left) Mohanaprabha, Loo May Tia, Tiong Jia En, Nicol Hunt, Soh Qiao Ying, Ischelle
The 15 finalists of the Miss Universe Singapore 2018 pageant were unveiled yesterday on board the Genting Dream luxury cruise ship. They are contestants (top row, from left) Mohanaprabha, Loo May Tia, Tiong Jia En, Nicol Hunt, Soh Qiao Ying, Ischelle Koo, Jaslyn Tan and Sharin Keong, as well as (bottom row, from left) Hilary Rupawalla, Sushil Como, Ameerah Smith, Renee Kee, Chloe Padirac, Tyen Rasif and Zahra Khanum.ST PHOTO: DALENE LOW

The 15 finalists of the Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) 2018 pageant were unveiled yesterday on board the Genting Dream luxury cruise ship, and they showed that beauty was more than skin deep.

Among them was a bodybuilder hoping to defy conventional notions of beauty, a pre-school teacher who aims to use the platform to raise awareness of the need for education, and the child of a single mother who wants to fight for more support for single-parent families.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Celebrating women who break the mould of a beauty queen'. Subscribe