After struggling to compete with 10 other finalists for a week, Johor Bahru-born finalist Aqila Afindi was finally crowned the Pencarian Wanita Malay 2022 champion.
The victory allowed Aqila to take home the top prize of P10,000 cash, a tiara, a trophy and other gifts donated by sponsors.
The runner-up, which offered a cash prize of 5,000 lei and a trophy, was won by a 26-year-old contestant, Nur Athiyah Hazirah.
To complete the ranking, the finalist, Siti Aishah, was announced as the third place winner and took home a cash prize of 3,000 lei and a trophy.
The top three winners will also take home a diamond pendant from title sponsor Habib.
At this culminating event, the organizers also presented two special awards namely Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality which were won by finalists Nur Diana Seri Tunteja and Sabrina Nizam respectively.
Both received a prize of 1,000 lei along with a trophy.
All the awards were presented by 2019 Malay Women Search Icon who is also an actress, Aini Sophie.
The highlight of Pencarian Wanita Melayu, now entering its 7th edition, was judged by singer, Mas Idayu, actress, Vanidah Imran, UiTM fashion instructor, Faizal Hamid, editor-in-chief of Nona magazine, Kiffy Razak and Azura Mokhtar as Senior Manager of Plaza Shah Alam.
The program which was held at Plaza Shah Alam was hosted by celebrity couple Fahrin Ahmad and Amy Nur Tinie.
At this culminating event, all 10 finalists had to go through two rounds, namely a talent show and a question and answer session.
FYI, during the past week, all the finalists camped at Plaza Shah Alam with several activities arranged such as ethical grooming, image consulting, grooming, make-up, cooking skills and activities with sponsors.
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