According to the magazine
|The Star 8 Aug 2012|
Leggett, with her hazel eyes, fair skin and long dark hair, could easily pass for a citizen of the euro zone. Her fluent English is a mix of dialects - it sounds a bit like the oft-stereotyped American valley accent with hints of English
This has understandably raised the ire of Andrea Fonseka, the director general of Mumo (Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation) who had been quoted by Bernama, the Malaysian National News Agency as having retorted
Yes, we are predominantly Malay, Chinese and Indian. But there are also other ethnic groups. As such, don't pass any judgement on cultures and nationalities that you're unfamiliar with
Miss Leggett herself was quoted by the Star newspaper as saying
I was frankly offended with the article because it spoils the good reputation of the pageant that is judged fairly, not by the colour of a contestant's skin. I may not look like the average Malaysian, but I am very much a local. Why am I being picked on for looking a certain way?
Another mixed Malaysian beauty, Miss World Malaysia 2011, Chloe Chen, had also questioned why it should be an issue for a minority to represent a country in a beauty pageant. She was quoted by the Star newspaper to have said
When I competed in the Miss World pageant, there were African countries represented by white women. Canada was represented by a Chinese beauty. If it wasn't an issue for other countries to have a minority representing them, why should it be a problem for multi-racial Malaysia?
Yes, indeed why should it be an issue for a minority to represent Malaysia in a beauty pageant?
But it is equally true that Malaysia may never have a more "representative" beauty to represent the country in a beauty pageant because no Malay would dare to take part any more in a beauty pageant after all the ho ha that had been raised against their participation by the conservative ulama here.
So, only the Chinese, Indians and the pan-Asians or the "too whites" who participate and lately it is the latter (all Malaysians nevertheless) who triumph.