Samantha Katie James is Miss Universe Malaysia 2017

"I've come a long way, I honestly never expected this because everyone here was so amazing"

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 27 Feb 2017

Miss Universe MY 17
Photo: Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation

Last Thursday night saw 23-year-old Samantha Katie James from Kuala Lumpur crowned as the new Miss Universe Malaysia 2017. She received the tiara and sash from her predecessor Kiran Jassal at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

This is Samantha's second attempt at the Miss Universe Malaysia competition as she was previously a finalist at the pageant in 2013. Her modelling career began when she was 17 and she has also appeared in various TV commercials, walked at international runway shows, and acted in Indonesian and Chinese film productions.

"I've come a long way, I honestly never expected this because everyone here was so amazing; they performed so well, such smart, beautiful girls," said Samantha. "The only thing that I had and I kept telling myself was to keep believing in what I wanted and keep visualising that I will be there, and I finally reached my dreams. I joined this before when I was 18, and I did not make it. I wasn't ready then but I knew this time around that I'm ready and I'm here now!"

Besides winning the crown, Samantha also received the Miss Tsubaki Crowning Glory title and was selected as the face of AshBeNimble and La Juiceria. She took home cash prizes of RM50,000 from the Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation, RM2,000 from main sponsor senZues and sponsored prizes worth over RM150,000. Congratulations, Samantha!

Watch the crowning event on DIVA (Astro channel 702 and 723 for HD) on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 7pm and online via at 8.30pm.


I made it 🙏🏼 Thank you all for the constant support❤❤ 😘😘I'm so very grateful for all the positive and kind words, thank you for believing in me! Thank you to @elainedaly and to all my fellow contestants, my sisters ❤ without you ladies I wouldn't have made it here today, Miss universe Malaysia is my motivation to do double and to give 200% in whatever I do, it's brings me up, it gives me purpose. It brings out the best in me.. up till today, I will never forget my first time joining in 2013, thank you to @andreafonseka and my fellow sisters from the 2013 batch ❤ you ladies are all my inspiration till today! especially to my family and my girls (you know who you are) , to @kiran_jassal I will continue to carry forth the pride and glory that you've brought to Malaysia 😊 Finally, do not let fear stop you, keep trying until you get where you wish to be! Just ljke how I did, Take your competitors as your inspiration to work harder! Im still on cloud nine! 😱🙏🏼 I promise I will be the best of myself and keep bettering day by day 👊🏻⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #missuniversemalaysia2017 #samanthakayty

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