Asian delegates all set to conquer Miss Grand International 2021

25 Aug 2021 | Camilla Suarez

Miss Grand International 2021 will be the 9th edition of the Miss Grand International pageant scheduled to take place at the end of this year, where candidates from more than 60 countries and autonomous territories will compete for the title and crown for 2 weeks. Abena Akuaba Appiah from the United States will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Asian continent has been a treasure chest for beauty pageants, producing some of the finest, strongest and most successful beauty queens, over the past few years. Asian dominance has been evident at the Miss Grand International pageant, as the countries never fail to make it to the Top 5 finalists, almost every year.

While for the 2021 edition of Miss Grand International, queens from all around the world have begun their preparations to vie for the coveted crown, team Asia is all set to conquer the international stage, as they are already dominating as some of the strongest contenders for the title this year. These powerhouse divas boast of talent, beauty, capabilities and uniqueness which makes them stand out.

Miss Grand Indonesia 2021 Sophia Rogan

Sophia Rogan was crowned as Miss Grand Indonesia 2021 in a very intimate coronation ceremony on 20th May 2021. The national director of Miss Grand Indonesia, Ivan Gunawan handpicked the diva who will represent Indonesia at Miss Grand International 2021 and succeeds Miss Grand Indonesia 2020 Aurra Kharishma for the title who was adjudged as the third runner-up at Miss Grand International 2020.

She is 19-years-old and stands 182 cm tall. Sophia is an English-Indonesia fashion model who is based in Bali currently. Sophia has worked hard and dedicated herself into making a strong name in the pageant and modeling world and feels proud and grateful for all the opportunities she has received that have only helped her to grow more. She is young and is constantly working to make a name for herself.

With this platform, her goal is to embody an authentic and genuine spirit, and use her voice to stand up for what she believes in, “because at the end of the day making a positive impact in the world is what really matters.” Sophia is ready to embrace her next journey and the future ahead of her



Miss Grand Vietnam 2021 Nguyen Thúc Thuy Tiên

Nguyen Thúc Thuy Tiên was officially announced as Miss Grand International Vietnam 2021 by Pham Kim Dung, National Director of Miss Grand Vietnam on 13th August 2021. Thuy Tiên is 23-years-old and had been one of the favorites for the Miss Grand Vietnam 2021 crown. She represented Vietnam at Miss International 2018 and was highly praised for her performance throughout the competition; however, she was not placed.

Thuy Tiên succeeds Miss Grand Vietnam 2020 Nguyen Lê Ngoc Thao for the title. It can be said that along with the Top 20 achievement, Ngoc Thao also partly passed on her own experience and luck to Thuy Tien at the upcoming contest, to continue and maintain Vietnam's on-top chain in pageantry.

Currently, she is actively exercising in the gym every day, focusing on training skills such as catwalk, behavior, foreign languages, and cultivating other secondary skills such as singing and dancing to be able to make an impression on an international platform.



Miss Grand Philippines 2021 Samantha Panlilio

Samantha Panlilio of Cavite was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021 at the coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2021 on 11th July 2021 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. Being a debutant, Samantha showcased an exceptional strength and force at the competition making her one of the early favourites.

She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Computer Science from the University of California Irvine. She wishes to advocate building sustainable community in rural areas. Samantha recently participated in her hometown charity project ‘Tiga Cavite Ako, Eto Ang Ambag Ko’ wherein she donated foods to the frontliners and those stricken hard by the pandemic.

Samantha is the grand-niece of the first ever Bb. Pilipinas Universe winner (1964) Myrna Panlilio which makes her all the more responsible to handle this opportunity with dignity and grace and to carry on her predecessor’s legacy. The 25-year old entrepreneur was initially over-looked by fans and the pageant media being a newcomer this stunning filipina has proven herself to be a worthy and deserving titleholder.



Miss Grand Malaysia 2021 Lishalliny Kanaran

Lishalliny Kanaran was selected as the new Miss Grand Malaysia 2021 through virtual series of selection as she completed all the stages as a top performer. Lisha succeeds Miss Grand Malaysia 2020 Jasebel Robert who represented Malaysia at Miss Grand International 2020 and with her stellar performance, placed in the Top 10 through Popular Vote.

Hailing from Selangor, Malaysia, she emerged as a winner at the national competition as she competed with absolute hardwork and determination. Lisha is 24 years of age and stands 175 cm tall. She is a student of Architecture. Lisha is no stranger to the pageant as this was her third attempt at Miss Grand Malaysia. Through her title, Lisha wishes to advocate for period poverty and children’s education.



Miss Grand India 2020 Manika Sheokand

Manika Sheokand was crowned Miss Grand India 2020 by the outgoing Miss Grand India 2019 Shivani Jadhav during the grand coronation of Femina Miss India 2020 held on 10th February 2021 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mumbai. The organization announced soon after her corwning that the queen will be representing India at the 2021 edition of Miss Grand International and not the 2020 edition.

Manika is 25-years-old and stands 173 cm tall. She graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration and started working at an MNC and is now a professional model and is working every day to chase her passion and create a distinct identity for herself.

The diva describes herself as a calm and confident woman who uses her fearless attitude in tackling any situation that comes as an obstacle in front of her. Manika is very grateful for the opportunities she has received till now which has helped her to grow and has assured that she will keep fighting until she makes her country proud at international stage and becomes an inspiration to the people who deal with gender-based inequality like her but wants to work to eradicate that from the society.