|Hidden beauties: The eight semi-finalists from Sabah posing after the audition, which was the third nationwide pit-stop of the Ford Models search. The semi-|
“We came here hoping to find four or five semi-finalists and it is extremely fulfilling to be able to leave Kota Kinabalu with an unexpected eight which makes up one-third of the semi-finalists,”said Organising Chairman.
“On top of that, they comprise a cross-section of ethnic groups, something we have been advocating from the start – that we are looking for a true, all-Malaysian girl.
“It would appear that the East Malaysians (Sarawak produced five semi-finalists) are going to give the girls from the capital city a serious run for their money,” Yeoh said.
The eight semi-finalists from Sabah are from the Bajau, Visaya Dusun, Sino Kadazan, Runggus and Banjar ethnic groups.
They are Nazarah Nicolous, 23, Iyliana John, 20, Atika Karim, 18, Hafizzah Karim, 25, Jassinta Mirasol, 23, Joey Yong, 17, Nur Jawaheer, 23, and Audrey Mu, 24.
|Miss Sabah Malaysia World 2010 Jassinta Mirasol|
|Miss Audrey Mu was crowned as |
a Miss Sabah Supermodel in January 2010 .
Iyliana John, who is of Malay and Scottish descent, said she had always wanted to make a mark in the modelling industry outside of Sabah.
The Sabah audition was the third nationwide pit-stop of the Ford Models search, following Sarawak and Johor which produced one semi-finalist (Phoebe How).
The last audition will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday(Feb 27)