At first glance, Sophia Ng has all the hallmarks of a typical pageant queen: She has beauty, brains and charisma.
But last August, when Ng, 27, competed in San Francisco’s Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian America pageant, the longest-running Asian beauty pageant in the nation, she surprised her audience with what she revealed on stage.
The audience that night was mostly Asian.
Later that evening, Ng was crowned Miss Asian America.
But along with the networking and modeling opportunities, Ng spends her time doing what inspired her to compete in pageants in the first place: raising awareness about mental health, particularly among the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.