Girls, meet power
She felt like a queen for the first time, all thanks to a free ride in the new BMW 7 Series.
Miss Patricia Eng was one of the Top 15 Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) 2016 finalists who were driven yesterday from SPH News Centre at Toa Payoh North to the MUS press conference at Singapore Turf Club.
With the fleet of 17 BMWs lining SPH's driveway, each girl was treated like royalty as they were transported with class.
BMW is the Official Car Partner of MUS 2016.
When the group arrived at Singapore Turf Club, their special moment with the BMWs was captured by Official Imaging Partner Canon.
Miss Eng, a 27-year-old jewellery designer, told The New Paper: "It's such a privilege to be driven in BMW cars. It felt so grand, especially when we were travelling in a convoy."
BMW prepared 17 cars in the convoy - one for each of the 15 finalists and one for last year's winner, Miss Lisa Marie White. MUS 2016 judge Yeoh Wee Teck travelled in the last car.
The convoy consisted of 4 Series and 6 Series Coupes, 7 Series Sedans and i8 electric cars.
DRIVE: Miss Althea Lew in the new BMW 7 Series sedan. TNP PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Miss Eng was most impressed by the computer systems in the BMW 7 Series, which allowed her to adjust the volume of music with hand gestures. Her dream car is the electric i8 series as she likes sportier cars.
"I was a little bummed out about not being about to sit in the i8 but the 7 Series was very cool," she said.
DRIVE: Miss Hazel Tay in the BMW i8 electric car. TNP PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Miss White said that she thoroughly enjoyed her smooth and comfortable 20-minute ride. The full-time model, 23, was seated in a classy BMW i8 and felt that this was a great upgrade.
"The girls are so lucky, and I am, too, for having such a cool ride. It's very different from last year, much more posh and grand," she said.
Miss Lisa Marie White, the MUS 2015 winner, in another BMW i8 electric car. TNP PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Mr Horst Herdtle, managing director of Performance Motors, said in a statement: "Performance Motors is delighted to support Miss Universe Singapore 2016.
"This pageant embodies the confidence and power in women to celebrate diversity and support humanitarian issues.
"BMW has inspired the world with our premium products and finest services for individual mobility, with cutting edge technology, environmental and social sustainability.
"This event relates to BMW's commitment to shaping the mobility of the future as is this pageant to campaign for global positive changes.
"Our fleet of BMW cars will provide the highest levels of elegance, comfort and luxury... throughout the contest."