Kaula Lumpur: An Indian origin based Sikh girl, Kiran Jassal to represent Malaysia at the Miss Universe pageant in Manila to be held on January 30th.
An 20-year-old, born with original name Kiranmeet Kaur Baljeet Singh Jassal who has won Miss Universe Malaysia title in 2016 and was awarded Miss My Dentist Winning Smile subsidiary title will be representing Malaysia in the beauty contest.
Her family shifted to Malaysia decades ago and is based in the suburbs of Subang Jaya town of Selangor state. Her mother, Ranjit Kaur, was the winner of the Classic Mrs Malaysia title in 2015 while her sister Ranmeet, a model, was also a beauty pageant titleholder and a doctor by profession.
According to reports, both the Jassal sisters grew up admiring and idolising beauty queens, Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai and Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen.
Kiran, who is studying dentistry at the International Medical University (IMU) here, said beauty pageants were good platforms for younger women to voice their opinions.
Her sister Ranmeet, a medical graduate of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India, says the perception of beauty pageants has changed over the years.