Saturday, October 4, 2008

Rachel Tan

Rachel TAN Weng Kim, 陈泳锦 is a former Miss Chinese International who represented Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when she captured the prestigious title in Hong Kong back in 2003. She was 20 when she competed and was the first and only Malaysian to ever hold the title, though Malaysian representatives have a striking track record in the pageant.

Rachel was born on May 5, 1982 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, to. She has a bachelor's degree in law from University of Sheffield, and a Master’s degree in law from University of Cambridge

Rachel’s Chinese origin is Fujian, and she speaks three languages including Cantonese, English and Malay. She has a sister name Denise, who is a marketing manager.

Miss Malaysia Chinese International 2002

On November 9, 2002, Rachel captured the title of Miss Malaysia Chinese International Pageant , an annual beauty pageant organized by Malaysia's premier satellite television station, ASTRO. During the competition, Rachel also bagged the Miss Photogenic Award. Her runner-ups were July LIM Sze Chia and TAN Ling Ling.

Prior to winning the pageant, Rachel walked away with a Kia Carnival MPV worth RM160,000, a cash prize of RM25,000 sponsored by Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd and other prizes. She also represented Malaysia in the "Miss Chinese International Pageant 2003", held in January, 2003.

Miss Chinese International 2003

Rachel further went on to Hong Kong to compete in Miss Chinese International Pageant representing Kuala Lumpur. On 25th of January 2003, Rachel eventually captured the coveted title beating out 12 other beautiful and ambitious young ladies from all over the globe.

In the long run, Rachel beat out press favourites like Miss Bangkok, Kullaya Duangmanee and the host contestant Miss Hong Kong, Tiffany LAM and won. Runners-up were Tiffany Lam, Miss Hong Kong and Diana Wu, Miss Toronto.

Legal Eagle

Rachel graduated from Convent Seremban High School where she was an active student who involved in the Red Crescent Society and Leo's Club. She marked excellence in her academics as she scored 7A’s in her PMR examination , 10A’s in her SPM examination .

After completing her A-levels, she did her first year at a local private college, Kamayan ATC in Kuala Lumpur before obtaining a scholarship to continue her studies at University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Life at Cambridge

After graduation from Sheffield, Rachel studied her Masters in Law at University of Cambridge, and obtained a place at St Catherine’s College from October 2005 till June 2006.

Modeling and Entertainment Career

She is currently Rado ambassador for Malaysia. In her capacity as an ambassador, she attended the Stella Artois Tennis Tournament in London, traveled to Beijing for the Chinese Tennis Open and visited the Rado watch factory near Berne, Switzerland.

Rachel also had a part in a local sitcom Homecoming on ASTRO in 2003 and a theatre role in the play Leslie, the Legend. She is currently hosting TV Show “Girls’ Club” on a local channel, NTV7.

She currently has been set back in the entertainment field as she has been dubbed "too commercial".

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