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Miss Singapore Universe 1998 to 2012: 15 years of winners

Miss Singapore Universe 1998 to 2012: 15 years of winners

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Here are the best bits. We swear.

Our second most favourite Miss Singapore Universe of all time: Cheryl Tay in 2005

Every year when Singapore sends a representative to the Miss Universe pageant, people would pour scorn on her.

But touch your heart: If any of the girls who took part in the Miss Singapore Universe contest were to walk past you on the street, you can truthfully say you wouldn’t do a double take? And feel a tingling in your loins?

Here at New Nation, we celebrate diversity. And Singapore can be proud of our representatives from the last 15 years.

The fact is: We have been represented by every conceivable ethnic group.

But our top favourite of all time is still Miss Singapore Universe 2006, Carol Cheong. She has the biggest smile.

You shall be the judge. Here are the Miss Singapore Universe title holders from 1998 to 2012.

*Drum roll please*

1. 1998, Alice Lim

Not much is known about her now, except she was 22 when she joined, 5′ 8″ with black eyes.

2. 1999, Cheryl Marie Cordeiro

Cheryl Marie is a Eurasian Singaporean of Chinese (Hakka) and Portuguese descent.

She has a PhD in the field of general linguistics from the University of Gothenburg, after defending her thesis successfully in May 2009. (And you, my friend, are sitting behind the computer screen staring at pics of scantily-clad women. Reality check.)

(o.O) ?!?

You can catch up with her life these days (in Sweden where she resides) in her very well organised blog.

Note: She successfully pursued two separate Masters Degrees when she was dabbling in the Miss Singapore Universe pageant, whilst studying French as a third language. (And you are still sitting behind a computer screen staring at pics of scantily-clad women.)

This is how she looks like now. This pic is stolen from Cheryl’s blog:

3. 2000, Eunice Olsen

Eunice Olsen was appointed as a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in Singapore by President SR Nathan, making her the youngest ever at the age of 27.

She also endorses coffee. And does charity.

4. 2001, Jaime Teo

She makes cupcakes for a living now.

5. 2002, Nuraliza Osman

Nuraliza Osman studied law at the National University of Singapore and in the United States. After graduation, Osman worked as a civil litigator for Rajah and Tann.

She is of Chinese, Dutch-Portuguese, Indian and Malay descent (o.O) ?!?.

6. 2003, Bernice Wong

It’s Bernice Wong-Casey now.

7. 2004, Sandy Chua

She is, in all likelihood, a homemaker at the moment.

8. 2005, Cheryl Tay

For the uninitiated, that would be Dr Cheryl Tay, Head Veterinarian & Group Medical Director.

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9. 2006, Carol Cheong

OUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE MISS SINGAPORE UNIVERSE.

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10. 2007, Jessica Tan

You can catch up with her on her blog.

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11. 2008, Shenise Wong

She was in finance. And could be in finance still. But we don’t know.

12. 2009, Rachel Kum

That’s Rachel Kum and Facebook’s other founder, Eduardo Saverin. Hmmm…

She is an entrepreneur who co-founded Rachel K Cosmetics, a Singapore-based cosmetics company.

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13. 2010, Tania Lim

14. 2011, Valerie Lim

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15. 2012, Lynn Tan

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Who would have taught this six-year-old in PAP kindergarten uniform would grow up to be Lynn Tan, Miss Singapore Universe, and driving a $300,000 Nissan GT-R — a gift from her boyfriend.

Ah, Meritocracy (with capital M) at its finest!