The 22-year-old actress and model from Kuala Lumpur Samantha Katie James won the title of Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 at the conclusion of the national pageant held at Ballroom Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on February 23, 2017. She will represent Malaysia at Miss Universe 2017 pageant. Her court includes the first runner-up Dana Low, the second runner-up Ollemadthee Kunasagaran and the third runner-up Laura Simon. The top ten were completed with Gina Phillips, Karshini Ganesh, Peh Leon, Savina Thamilavana, Sonia Naidu and Tanalaksiumy Mahenthiran Rayer.
Newly crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 Samantha Katie James (second from left) and her runners-up.
Samantha first competed in the Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 pageant and made it to the top 8. This year, besides the main title, Samantha also won the “Face of Ash-Be-Nimble”, “Face of La’Juicera” and “Miss Tsubaki” awards.
Samantha is of mixed cultural backgrounds (Chinese and Brazilian), however, she considers herself to be a true Malaysian at heart. She has a great interest in learning new languages.
After being crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2017, Samantha gave the New Straight Times an interview in which she says about her emotions after winning the title, her future’s career as well as how she is preparing for the upcoming Miss Universe 2017.