Newly-crowned Miss World Singapore Charity Maru wants to introduce “her people” to the world. No, her people are not Singaporeans. Charity, whose full name is Lu Lu Seng, wants to introduce the Kachin people from North Myanmar to the world.

“One of my goals I set for myself should I win Miss World Singapore was to introduce my people to the world.

I believe that I am the first Kachin to take part in the Miss World Pageant.

Also, now that I am Singaporean, I want to represent Singapore well at the finals by showing that charity, which is a big component of Miss World, should be a lifestyle choice instead of a one-off thing.”

Charity Maru obtained her Singaporean citizenship only in 2007 and she will be representing Singapore in China for a pageant competition this December.