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A 19-year-old student has been chosen to represent Malaysia in the upcoming Miss Teen Universe 2021 beauty pageant
According to Bernama, Dheper Reshaa Teh from Penang will be heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 25 October to compete in the international pageant on 6 November.
Currently pursuing a diploma in business studies at INTI College Penang, she told the national news agency that she aims to promote Malaysia's beauty and its diverse cultures, as well as make Malaysians proud during the competition.
Inspired by Miss Universe shows since she was a child, Dheper said she has always wanted to be in a pageant from the tender age of four
She learnt the catwalk by herself at home, enrolled in a modelling academy in Penang, and won her first ever pageantry as Miss Teen International Malaysia when she was only 16.
Since then, she has competed in two international-level pageants – the Miss Teen Universe 2019 in India and Miss Tourism Global City in China this year. She made it to the finals in the former and was ranked within top 20 in the latter pageant.
"International-level pageants are far different from national-level ones," she told Bernama.
"There were a lot of aspects I was not aware of such as issues on racism, politics, and lots of culture shock," she said, but added that fellow contestants have also taken great care of her during her travels.