An Interview with the First Miss New York Chinese Winner Meiyi Liu
After over a decade since winning the crown, 2002 Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant winner Meiyi Liu was no longer the inexperienced, young woman when she started on this career path. In a few short years, the beauty queen became a famous television producer, and in more recent years, she has made the jump from behind the scenes to in front of the camera, jet-setting around the United States to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and throughout China. Meiyi confessed that her current achievements are undeniably linked to having participated in the Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant, so she encourages all young women to take advantage of the opportunity to participate on stage and achieve their dreams.
Q: Ever since you won that first crown, you always managed to stay involved with the pageant.
A: Yes, because I have always had deep feelings for the Miss New York Chinese Pageant. Because of my contestant experience and my experience as a singer-songwriter and MC, I want to give back to the pageant that provided me with these opportunities. Aside from being a mentor, Everlyn has taught me a lot about skincare, helping me realize my own elegant femininity.
Q: What advantages do the 2014 pageant contestants have in contrast to previous years?
A: I think this year’s candidates have more opportunities than in years past. This year brings together a top international Miss New York Chinese team. Striving to appear on the international stage, this year’s pageant candidates will have more opportunities in film and television. While this year’s Miss New York Chinese gets strong support from the State of New York, she will also become an internationally-recognized image of Hong Kong.
Q: As an independent, creative female vocalist, how did you develop your musical career?
A: Many years of experience on stage and life experiences are my sources of inspiration. I have had a lot of freedom, insisting on managers who were very supportive of my music.
Q: I heard that you recently started developing a project in Hong Kong, more drama in the Mainland, and this is a rare trip back to New York.
A: One project is part movie, part theatrical production – really fresh. Both my mother’s and sister’s birthdays are in May, so I happened to be able to fly in to see my family in between projects. After a short break, I am back to jet-setting around the world.