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Carissa Yap, 22, is this year’s Miss Universe Singapore.
She will continue to represent the country in the Miss Universe 2022 grand finals in January 2023.
Going down to business
A finance and economics major, Yap is currently studying business at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
She is also a Raffles Institution alumna who received five distinctions for her A levels, reported AsiaOne.
Beating nine other contestants who finished in her yellow evening gown, Yap was crowned on October 17 in the grand finals of Miss Universe Singapore 2022.
During the episode’s Q&A segment, she talked about “being pretty brave”.
“Well, I would say I’m pretty confident because I’m not afraid to use beauty to my advantage. I’m not afraid to combine beauty with my intelligence because I don’t think it’s a binary choice.”
“I think there is power in beauty, power in intelligence, and it’s not for women to make a binary choice – but to combine both to be able to fully express yourself and take yourself to the heights the higher you can.”
In response to another question on his favorite memory in Singapore, he replied: “Going to the wet markets with my mother… in the mornings.”
Singaporean cuisine “is enough to represent us on the international stage,” he added.
The young pageant queen walked away with a four-night stay, dental repair, jewelry set and an all-expenses paid trip to the Miss Universe 2022 grand finals in the United States.
She succeeded the 2021 winner, Nandita Banna, who broke Singapore’s 34-year drought by making it to the semi-finals for the first time since 1987.
Singapore has sent representatives to the competition as early as 1954.
Top image from Miss Universe Singapore and @bubblesgel/Instagram.
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