THE MISS CHI PAO 2917 PAGEANT CONCLUDED GRACEFULLY AT THE THEATRE AT PALACE OF GOLDEN HORSES THANKS TO TAN SRI LEE KIM YEW THE BIG BOSS OF THE MINES RESORT BERHAD AND COUNTRY HEIGHTS HOLDINGS BERHAD AND ORCHID LOVER!
However I find it weird and unsettling I was the only non-finalist who wore Chinese costume to Miss Chi Pao pageant finals. I expected to see Jason Hee and his team in Chinese robes called 'changshan' or 'hanfu' which are the male equivalent of the female 'qipao' or 'chi pao' though I prefer the term 'cheongsam'.
As it was, all the men wore western jacket or t-shirts and pants and the women in western clothes which is so bizarre as the contest was Miss Chi Pao and not Miss Western Dress! As this particular contest is called Miss Chi Pao and not Miss Kimono or Miss Bikini, I think it is only proper all women involved, from judges to ushers should pay respect by wearing cheongsam, like the emcee.
The only other member of the male species who wore something faintly chinky was Ryan Sim who owns Emerald Brilliant the cheongsam specialist who has 3 Chinese costume boutiques in Empire Subang, Midvalley Ipohb and in Johor. Even he wore a simple tunic and nothing fancy considering he is the expert designer in Chinese cheongsams and has kindly sponsored every single garment worn by contestants in Miss Chi Pao and Mrs Chi Pao!
Just as unnerving and shocking were the illustrious and famous judges' clothes! Dato Joneser Choi, Datin Yong Maylene and beauty queen and Miss Chinses Cosmos 2004 Carrie Lee also wore western clothes! All are Chinese and should be proud to wear their traditional costumes. If they hated cheongsam so much then they should not have agreed to be judges as it makes a mockery of the entire pageant.
I have checked their wardrobes and discovered they do have cheongsams. At the very least the ladies could have begged Ryan Sim to loan them cheongsams for the occasion as I am sure Ryan Sim would have been happy to do so.
The only valid reason is that the judges are poor and cannot not afford to buy cheongsam but in that case the organiser should have invited my Filipino maid who has a cheongsam she bought at Sungai Wang Plaza for RM 60.
The worst faux pas was what Miss Chi Pao 2016 Verselle Yong wore as she went on stage to crown her successor---she wore a magnificent European ballgown that made her look like a western princess instead of a Chinese cheongsam clad beauty! In fact all I could think of was Belle the heroine in 'Beauty & the Beast'! Or Scarlett O'Hara in the staircase scene in 'Gone with the Wind'! Anything but a cheongsam!
I almost fainted at the sight of Miss Chi Pao 2016 Verselle Yong Kai Veng in western ballgown crowning Miss Chi Pao 2017 who was luckily in a Ryan Sim cheongsam. Lucky I had an oxygen tank on hand.
To the day I die i cannot understand the logic of promoting Chinese cheongsam when no one seemed interested! Kerwei laiping ni hau!
DATO KEE HUA CHEE AT FAR LEFT IN CHINESE COSTUME AT THE GRAND FINALE. NOTICE HE WAS THE ONLY NON-CONTESTANT WHO BOTHERED TO WEAR ORIENTAL COSTUME, IN THIS CASE THE MALE VERSION OF CHEONGSAM! HIS FABULOUS SHIRT WITH FLORAL APPLIQUE IS BY KEITH KEE, MALAYSIA'S BEST AND MOST TALENTED FASHION DESIGNER
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