Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 Is A Dayak Native With Roots In The Kayan-Kenyah-Iban Lineage

Francisca Luhong James, a 24-year-year-old Dayak native, has been crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2020, making Sarawak proud

KUCHING : Kuching-born Francisca Luhong James made Sarawak proud today after she was crowned this year’s Miss Universe Malaysia, beating 17 other finalists.

The Kuching-born lass beat 17 other finalists in the grand finale that was broadcast live on Saturday evening, 5 September on the pageant’s official website Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO).

Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 Francisca Luhong James

The 25-year-old Orang Ulu contestant was named the winner of Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 after being judged by actor-director-producer Datuk Hans Isaac, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 winner Deborah Henry and fashion designer Carven Ong.null

Meanwhile, first runner-up went to Charissa Chong, followed by second runner-up Serena Chai and third runner-up Neha Verma.

Kuching-born Francisca Luhong James was crowned this year’s Miss Universe Malaysia. — Picture courtesy Miss Universe Malaysia Official Facebook Page
Kuching-born Francisca Luhong James was crowned this year’s Miss Universe Malaysia. — Picture courtesy Miss Universe Malaysia Official Facebook Page

The grand finale was broadcast live online earlier this evening (Sept 5) on the pageant’s official website for those who had purchased viewing tickets.

The event saw the finalists going through several rounds of evaluation, including an evening gown parade, swimwear and a question-and-answer session with the MC.

Francisca Luhong James is this year's Miss Universe Malaysia winner. — Picture via Borneo Post Online
Francisca Luhong James is this year’s Miss Universe Malaysia winner. — Picture via Borneo Post Online

Francisca, who works in the public relations and marketing field in Kuala Lumpur, was featured in an interview with The Borneo Post Online on September 2.

Her father, James Bungan is of Orang Ulu descent from Ulu Sungai Asap, while her mother Pauline Japok is an Iban from Kanowit.

Francisca Luhong James is crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 by Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 Shweta Sekhon.

She said if she wins, she would want to meet her idols — celebrity and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey and former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama.

“I want to know what is on their minds, how it feels like to talk to inspiring women. I’ve watched plenty of Oprah Winfrey’s shows. I even shed tears watching the Christmas kindness show.

“I want to make children smile and cry with joy too. To see them grow to be successful people and make their family smile, to see them going to school and get the education that they deserve.

“It’s a satisfying feeling that I can never describe. It’s beyond words. Amazing how women can make such wonders,” said Francisca.

Borneo Post Online

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