Zahra Khanum was crowned Miss Universe Singapore 2018 Friday night. The 23-year-old National University of Singapore sociology graduate beat 14 other finalists at the grand finale, which took place lat the grand ballroom of One Farrer Hotel.
Khahum took home $10,000 in cash and prizes worth $45,000, including treatments and services from local spa Beaute Hub.
Miss Khanum, who was raised single-handedly by her mother whom she sees as her greatest pillar of support, said after the crowning: “I didn’t expect to win at all. I’m happy, I’m excited, I’m proud of everyone. But most importantly, I’m really happy I was able to make my mum proud.”
The first runner-up was rhythm cycling instructor Tiong Jia En, 23, and the second runner-up was 26-year-old realtor Jaslyn Tan, who took home $5,000 and $3,000 cash respectively.