15 June 2019
ETALING JAYA: Klang-born model Amelia Thripura Henderson has turned racist comments calling her a “foreigner” and other racial slurs into an opportunity to educate others about respect, tolerance, and unity.
The 23-year-old beauty was awarded the Malaysian Model Star of The Year at the Asia Model Festival 2019 in Seoul, South Korea earlier this week.
In her thank you speech, she proudly said it was an “incredible honour” and privilege to represent her country, Malaysia.
Henderson posted a video of her thank you speech on Instagram with the caption “never forget where you come”.
Amidst the congratulatory messages, two critics responded with racist remarks saying that she is not Malaysian and therefore did not deserve to represent Malaysia.
User mesh_dola28 said: “You’re not Malay, the Malaysian people should stand up to foreigners like you. Maybe some high echelons people is paying you to say this for social engineering. Put it this way… YOU ARE NOT MALAY.”
This user would also called her by a racial slur in a separate comment.
User Xbaiwarrior said: “Why are you representing Malaysia. You are Filipino. I’m mad at foreign people and Filipinos representing Malaysia. Go represent your own country.”
In her response, the model of Indian-Scottish parentage responded with grace by explaining that she was born, raised, educated and worked in Malaysia, her country.
“It’s 2019, in order to be stronger collectively as a country we need to understand that we are diverse and multi-ethnic,” she responded to both commenters.
“Malaysia is my country just as much as it is yours and nothing makes me more proud and honoured than to represent my home.
“I am not any less Malaysian than you. Peace and love to you and on your journey of growth,” she added.
The former child actor took to Twitter to share her response to the comments.
“Imagine having to defend your own citizenship. I never have to reply, but what is the use of having a platform if it’s not used to educate,” she wrote.
She also explained why a certain word is a derogatory term and that the word “Indian” would have been a more appropriate term to use.
“It is a racial slur used to demean an entire race by people who feel like they do not belong in a country they were born into,” she said.
Xbaiwarrior later apologised for mistaking her as a Filipino.
Malaysian actress and model Amelia Thripura Henderson has been honoured the Malaysian model of the year at the 14th Asia Model Festival Awards (AMFA) 2019 in South Korea.
The award ceremony was held at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, South Korea, and was attended by many famous Korean celebrities including Han Seung Yeon, Kim Hye Yoon, Eum Joon Suk, (G)I-DLE, Stray Kids and former Wanna One members Park Ji Hoon and Lai Kuan Lin.
The 23-year-old Malaysian model was awarded the Star Model Award 2019 in the Malaysia category during the 3rd day of the Asia Model Festival.
“Thank you so much to the organisers for having me. It’s been such an honour and I’m incredibly priviledged to represent my beautiful country Malaysia. So on behalf of everyone at home, I just want to say terima kasih and kamsahamida,” she said during her award acceptance speech.