Samantha Katie’s Amazing Comeback Win For Miss Universe Malaysia 2017

Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 is Samantha Katie James. Placing the crown on her head is Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 Kiran Jassa (left).

A model-artist of mixed Chinese-Brazilian descent, Samantha Katie James, 23, from Kuala Lumpur was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 at the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur at past midnight on 23rd Feb 2017.

17 contestants vied for the title but it was the brown-eye 170cm (5ft 7in) tall Samantha who was clearly the crowd favourite to win the crown.

Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 winner Kiran Jassal passed on her crown to Samantha who also won the subsidiary title of Miss Tsubaki Crowning Glory.

Samantha Katie James is Miss Universe Malaysia 2017.

Samantha, then 18 years old contested the Miss Universe Malaysia pageant in 2013 and managed to make it to the Top 6 only. She made a comeback this time more prepared and ready just as strong as she was before, if not stronger. She was determined to win the 2017 Miss Universe Malaysia crown.

At the Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 finalists announcement held at the Intemark Mall in Nov last year, she put on a brave face and showed up on crutches due to a fall. She had told Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMY) then that “I am giving it my all to take the crown. I must win.”  And win she did, amazingly!

Samantha will be representing Malaysia at the 66th Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Nov/Dec this year.

Samantha Katie reacts as the host names her the winner of Miss Universe Malaysia 2017.


Samantha Katie is full of joy after winning Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 in her second attempt.

When her name was announced the winner, Samantha was seen wiping away her tears of joy during the crowning ceremony.

Her prize package included RM50,000 cash by Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (MUMO), additional RM2,000 cash by main sponsor senZues and gifts from sponsors worth over RM150,000.

Samantha speaks five different languages including English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil and Portuguese and has starred in an Indonesian-Malaysia joint production horror movie “Kastil Tua” (Old Castle) which was released in Malaysia on 21 Jan 2016. The movie which was shot on location at Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Malaysia is based on a true event at the castle.

Samantha Katie wiping away her tears of joy as she is crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2017.

First runner-up was 22-year-old communications student Dana Low from Selangor, second runner-up went to 25-year-old Penang engineering graduate Ollemadthee Kunasagaran and finished as third runner-up was 25-year-old Laura Simon, a personal trainer/fencing coach from Sabah.

Over 800 guests attended the gala dinner and show hosted by Joey G and Amelia Henderson.

The finalists appeared on stage wearing swimwear and evening gown before the Top 10 were announced. After the Q&A session, it was narrowed down to the Top 4.

Funniest Person in The World 2016 champion Harith Iskandar, singers Vince Chong and Zhen Xiao provided entertainment for the evening.

Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 Samantha Katie James (second from left) is flanked by (from L-R) 3rd runner-up Laura Simon, 1st runner-up Dana Low and 2nd runner-up Ollemadthee Kunasagaran.

In congratulating the winners, MUMO national director Elaine Daly said,  “The Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation is a wonderful platform to empower young girls and make their dreams come true. It has changed my life in so many ways since I was crowned in 2003. This platform allows aspiring young women to show that beauty is truly more than about what you look like, and more importantly a combination of beauty, confidence, compassion and the desire to do something great enough to make a change in society.”


Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (MUMO) national director Elaine Daly (2nd from right) poses with Laura Simon, Dana Low, Samantha Katie and Ollemadthee Kunasagaran.


Kiran Jassal making her final walk and wave as Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 before she passes her crown on to Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 winner.


Funniest Person in The World 2016 champion Harith Iskandar makes guests laugh with funny stand-up act.

The contestants were judged by a panel of seven judges who comprised personalities and industry players, including Andrea Fonseka (Miss Universe Malaysia 2004 & former MUMO national director), Datuk Hans Isaac (actor, writer, director and producer), hairstylist Shawn Loong, fashion designer Rizman Nordin, actress Debbie Goh, Ceres Jewels founder Dato’ Sri Navneet Goenka and NBCUniversal International Networks marketing manager Judriena Jamaludin.



Samantha Katie James, 23, model/artist, Kuala Lumpur

First Runner-Up:
Dana Low, 22, communications student, Selangor

Second Runner-Up:
Ollemadthee Kunasagaran, 25, engineering graduate, Penang

Third Runner-Up:
Laura Simon, 25, personal trainer/fencing coach, Sabah


Miss Body Beautiful:
Dana Low, 22, communications student, Selangor

Miss Glamourous Eyes:
Erica Tan, 26, biomedical science graduate, Labuan

Miss Congeniality:
Karshini Ganesh, 20, medical student, Johor

Miss Natural Beauty:
Peh Leon, 24, finance manager, Kuala Lumpur

Miss Beautiful Skin:
Erica Tan, 26, biomedical science graduate, Labuan

Miss Online Personality:
Sonia Naidu, 23, rates analyst, Sarawak

Miss Naza Maserati Elegance:
Sonia Naidu, 23, rates analyst, Sarawak

Miss Tsubaki Crowning Glory:
Samantha Katie, 23, model/artist, Kuala Lumpur


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