A few weeks ago, I was contacted by someone with an interest in the Miss Universe Malaysia pageant but was disappointed to find out that there was a height requirement of 163cm (5'4").
The average height of a Malaysian woman is 153cm (just above 5'0").. Since the height requirement is hardly a representation of the average Malaysian woman, it is really unfair to have implemented that condition.
I had contacted the pageant director by the name of Andrea Fonseka a few days ago and she responded with some positive news. She informed me that the height requirement would be set aside so that other women can now enter but told me that other countries (Japan and Venezuela) also utilize a height standard, which should be removed as well..
Soon, women of any height will be allowed to be Miss Universe and the perception that only taller women can be beautiful will be extinguished.