Shirly Karvinen is the new Miss Suomi! She will have the opportunity to represent Finland at Miss Universe 2016 later this year. Shirly was born to a Finnish father and a Chinese mother. In addition to Finnish, she is fluent in English and also speaks some Chinese.
Shirly Karvinen with her parents. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
In an interview for Finland Today, Shirly said that she was born in a small city of Jyväskylä in the central Finland, with a mother of Chinese descent and a father, who is a native Finn. While very young, her parents decided to move abroad, and Shirly explored different countries in Africa from Tanzania to Kenya because of her parents’ various job locations. In Africa, she said, she didn’t feel different “because there were so many kinds of different races.”
"I'm starting a new chapter of my life" - said Shirly after her coronation.
Miss Finland 2016 Final Results
Miss Suomi 2016 : Shirly Karvinen. She will compete at Miss Universe 2016
1st Runner Up : Heta Sallinen. She will compete at Miss World 2016
2nd Runner Up : Emilia Seppänen. She will compete at Miss International 2016
Previously Finland won four international pageants : Miss Universe 1952, Armi Kuusela – Miss Universe 1975, Anne Pohtamo – Miss World 1957, Marita Lindahl and Miss International 1973, Anneli Björkling.