11 July 2013

Controversy surrounds Miss Universe Singapore 2013 Shi Lim

Miss Universe Singapore 2013 Shi Lim is gaining flak from her countrymen days after she was chosen to represent her country to the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Russia in November. Do you have any idea what could have been the reason why she is becoming unpopular? It is the way she speaks!!!!

Oh, yes!! You have read it right. It is the way she speaks in English. I almost fell from where I was sitting when I learned about this. Unbelievable, don't you think so? But since I am not a Singaporean, probably I just don't get their point. So, it is better to hear from them.

According to some, most Singaporean don't appreciate her accent which is obviously influenced by the Americans. For them, she doesn't represent the true people of Singapore. These people wanted her to speak like how they speak and practice what  they are known for - the Singlish. This is a fusion of English and Singaporean accent. "Sing" for the Singaporean language and "lish" for English.

But we have to understand that she spent seven years of her life in North America particularly in Canada. She graduated at New York University. (RELATED STORY: Shi Lim wins Miss Universe Singapore 2013)

It is not how she speaks the English language that will make her win the Miss Universe crown. It won't affect her chances whether she speaks with accent. Have we forgotten the answer of Miss Universe 2013 first runner up, Janine Mari Tugonon of the Philippines? When she was asked by judge Nigel Barker if being able to speak the English language should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe, Janine confidently answered that "a Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language. It's about being able to influence and inspire other people. If you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show people, then you can be Miss Universe."

There you go. The way she speaks the English language doesn't matter at all.

Check this video for you to hear how she speaks in her interview.