Earlier this week, Malaysian beauty queen Amelia Thripura Henderson was crowned ‘Model of the Year’ for Malaysia at the 2019 Asia Model Festival in Seoul.
It was a magical night for the Selangor-born lass who expressed her gratitude for the privilege and honour to represent ‘beautiful Malaysia’.
Like any other member of today’s society, she shared the moment on Instagram with a post captioned “never forget where you come from 🇲🇾”
That’s when the trolls reared their ugly heads…
Not one to take the abuse, Amelia clap-backed with the grace and dignity of a true icon.
She even took to Twitter to not only express her disappointment, but to take the opportunity to educate people on verbal abuse.
imagine having to defend your own citizenship. I never have to reply, but what is the use of having a platform if it’s not used to educate? pic.twitter.com/F2qamX8WXv— Amelia Thripura Henderson (@ameliath) June 12, 2019
more education: using the K word is absolutely unacceptable. It is a racial slur used to demean an entire race, by people who feel like they do not belong in a country they were born into. I am Indian, and proud of it! That would’ve been a better word to use in this context. pic.twitter.com/jCryGoMNIt— Amelia Thripura Henderson (@ameliath) June 12, 2019
Now that’s a true QUEEN
The daughter of a Malaysian dentist mother of Sri Lankan descent and a Scottish architect father, 23-year-old Amelia is known in for her modelling and acting roles in Malaysia.
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there are no words to explain how grateful I am for my mother. mama, you are the reason for everything I am. I am so fortunate to have been blessed with such a strong role model to take after. your strength, determination and compassion push me to be a better version of myself every day. happy Mother’s Day to the light of my life and all other mothers out there as well. I love you @jayarudralingam #GlamMalaysia #JoMaloneLondon #BrilliantBlossoms
She’s not just a pretty face though. The model-actress-host is also a member of Mensa International with a certified IQ of 180.
Beauty AND Brains?
(Correction: An earlier version labelled Henderson as a Beauty Queen. While she’s still a Queen in our hearts, we regret the confusion caused by this.)