Rachel TAN Weng Kim, 陈泳锦 is a former Miss Chinese International who represented Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when she captured the prestigious title in Hong Kong back in 2003. She was the first and only Malaysian to ever hold the title, though Malaysian representatives have a striking track record in the pageant.
Rachel was born on May 4, 1982 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, to. She has a bachelor's degree in law from University of Sheffield, and a Master’s degree in law from University of Cambridge. She has recently been signed as an artiste by the Jackie Chan Group.
Rachel’s Chinese origin is Fujian, and she speaks three languages including Cantonese, English and Malay.
Height: 172 cm (5'7")
Vital stats: 34" - 24.5" - 35"
Hobbies: Dancing ballet, playing piano, shopping, reading, dining
Favorite songs: Endless Love, Everything I Do, I Do It For You, Family Affair
Favorite singer/band: Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Wang Lihom, Jacky Cheung, Destiny's Child
Inspiration: My family, my goals
Father: TAN Hang Hooi, banker (rtd)
Mother: YAP Kim Yop, homemaker
Sister: Denise (8 years older), marketing manager
Miss Malaysia Chinese International 2002
On November 9, 2002, Rachel captured the title of Miss Malaysia Chinese International Pageant (now known as Miss Astro Chinese International pageant), an annual beauty pageant organized by Malaysia's premier satellite television station, ASTRO. During the competition, Rachel also bagged the Miss Photogenic Award.
Miss Chinese International 2003
Rachel further went on to Hong Kong to compete in Miss Chinese International Pageant representing Kuala Lumpur. On 25th of January 2003, Rachel eventually captured the coveted title beating out 12 other beautiful and ambitious young ladies from all over the globe.
In the long run, Rachel beat out press favourites like Miss Bangkok, Kullaya Duangmanee and the host contestant Miss Hong Kong, Tiffany LAM and won. Runners-up were Tiffany Lam, Miss Hong Kong and Diana Wu, Miss Toronto.
Rachel graduated from Convent Seremban High School where she was an active student who involved in the Red Crescent Society and Leo's Club. She marked excellence in her academics as she scored 7A’s in her PMR examination (Lower Certificate of Education), 10A’s (8 A1’s, 2 A2’s) in her SPM examination (Malaysia Certificate of Education).
After completing her A-levels, she did her first year at a local private college, Kemayan ATC in Kuala Lumpur before obtaining a scholarship to continue her studies at University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.
Life at Cambridge
After graduation from Sheffield, Rachel studied her Masters in Law at University of Cambridge, and obtained a place at St Catherine’s College from October 2005 till June 2006.
Modeling and Entertainment Career
She is currently Rado ambassador for Malaysia. In her capacity as an ambassador, she attended the Stella Artois Tennis Tournament in London, traveled to Beijing for the Chinese Tennis Open and visited the Rado watch factory near Berne, Switzerland.
Rachel also had a part in a local sitcom Homecoming on ASTRO in 2003 and a theatre role in the play Leslie, the Legend. She hosted TV Shows “Girls’ Club” and "Sketches"on a local channel, NTV7.