PETALING JAYA: Beauty queens Chloe Chen and Yvonne Lee proved critics wrong when they became the sole Malaysian team in the top three of The Amazing Race Asia.
Chen and Lee, who were Miss World Malaysia 2011 and 2012 respectively, revealed that the other contestants dismissed them initially as “beauty queens who are just supposed to look pretty”.
“One of the teams came up to us and told us they were surprised we were even chosen to be on the show.
“They thought we seemed weak but it isn’t just about physical strength. It’s about having brains, patience and a bit of luck,” said Lee, 28.
“We proved them wrong,” she said.
The other two teams in the finals are from The Philippines, comprising fellow beauty queens Parul and Maggie, and married couple Eric and Rona.
Chen, 27, said it was good to have two all-women teams in the finals but admitted it would be tough.
“I was very concerned about my leg as I have developed foot tendonitis and it was very painful.
“I could hardly walk after a particularly physically demanding challenge in the penultimate episode,” said Chen.
Lee said the show’s security team even asked Chen if she wished to give up.
“She said, ‘no, we’ve come this far and we have to fight to the very end’. She’s such a fighter,” said Lee.
A spin-off of the American reality adventure series, The Amazing Race Asia is now in its fifth season.
The show takes contestants on a race around the region, competing in various extreme challenges for the US$100,000 (RM441,445) grand prize.
Watch the finals and root for the Malaysian team tomorrow at 9pm on AXN (Astro Channel 701).