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Kuching-born Sarawakian of Orang Ulu & Iban Descent Is Miss Universe Malaysia 2020

Kuching-born Sarawakian of Orang Ulu & Iban Descent Is Miss Universe Malaysia 2020

She’s got the beauty AND the brains.

Anne Dorall

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Sarawak can now proudly claim another Miss Universe Malaysia as Francisca Luhong James was crowned this year’s Miss Universe Malaysia.

The 25-year-old is of mixed parentage, with a Kayan father and Iban mother. She comes from a culturally rich background where family and communal interests take priority.

She cites her idols as celebrity and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey and former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, noting that she would love to meet them.

I want to know what is on their minds, how it feels like to talk to inspiring women.

Francisca to The Borneo Post

She is currently working in the public relations and marketing field in Kuala Lumpur, though her vision is actually to help improve the lives and socio-economic standing of those in rural areas, extending her support for the Sarawak government’s digital economy initiatives.

Her philanthropy isn’t just for show, either.

While I was still studying, I helped some homeless with food, daily essentials and dental care products. It is not much but these little things impacted their lives.

Francisca to The Borneo Post

Francisca is a huge advocate for women empowerment through her movement Women Rise and in deeply involved in charity works in the rural areas of Sarawak.

I want to make children smile and cry with joy too. To see them grow to be successful people and make their family smile, to see them going to school and get the education that they deserve. It’s a satisfying feeling that I can never describe. It’s beyond words. Amazing how women can make such wonders

Francisca to The Borneo Post

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