Marcella Erika crowned Mrs Sarawak 2009 at the beauty pageant inaugaration in Kuching last Saturday.

Marcella Erika,30, beat 17 other married women to win the Mrs Sarawak 2009 title, the first beauty pageant for married ladies ever held in Sarawak.

Khoon Pei Yen, 24, emerged as the first runner-up and Irene Yong, 43, the second runner-up. The pegeant started with 60 contestants aged between 21 and 50. Only 17 made it to the final round which was held last Saturday at Four Points by Sheraton.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, Datin Hajjah Fatimah Abdullah, who graced the function, considered the event a tribute to married women.

She believed that married women were not only beautiful but were also women of substance as they were intelligent, knowledgeable and active in community or voluntary work.

“Beauty is more than skin deep. It is not only about the look but about how we carry ourselves, poise, finesse, etiquette, social and communication skills” she said.