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Michelle Yeoh Creates History as She Becomes First Asian to Win Best Actress Oscar

And Michelle Yeoh has made history! On Sunday night, the Malaysian actress who starred in the film Everything Everywhere All at Once became the first Asian woman to win best actress at the 95th Annual Academy Awards.

The creative multiverse adventure dominated the Oscars 2023. This year, the film Everything Everywhere All at Once led the list of Oscar nominees with a total of 11 nods and it won 7 of them.

Michelle Yeoh is the first Asian woman to win best actress Oscar

Yeah, you read that right. Recently, Michelle Yeoh scripted history by becoming the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for best actress. She took home the Oscar for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

In her award acceptance speech, Yeoh said, “Ladies, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are past your prime. For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibility.”

Michelle dedicated her big win to her mom and moms all over the world. She continued, “Because they are really the superheroes, and without them none of us would be here tonight.”

Yeoh is the second woman of color to win the Oscar for best actress after Halle Berry who won the stunning statuette for the 2001 movie Monster’s Ball more than two decades ago.

For the award show, the Crazy Rich Asians star hit the red carpet in a white Dior Couture gown accented with delicate feathers. She accessorized her ethereal look with Moussaieff diamonds and a Richard Mille watch.

Here’s all you need to know about Michelle Yeoh (including her early life, educational qualifications, and more)

Michelle Yeoh is a Swiss-based Malaysian actress. She was born on August 6, 1962,  in Ipoh, Perak, to a Malaysian Chinese family of Hokkien and Cantonese ancestry. At the moment, she is 60 years old.

Yeoh grew up speaking 2 languages: Malay and English. She began learning ballet at the young age of 4. Back in the day, she attended Main Convent Ipoh, an all-girls secondary school.

Michelle and her family shifted to the United States when she was 15 years old. Then, she studied at an all-girls boarding school. Later on, she majored in ballet at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dance in London. She had to quit ballet after a spinal injury.

Then, Yeoh switched her attention to choreography and other arts. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative arts with a minor in drama in 1982. In the year 1983, she was crowned Miss Malaysia World. She even represented Malaysia at the Miss World 1983 contest in London. She ended her run in the beauty pageant at the 18th spot.

Then, Michelle garnered the attention of the viewers when she appeared in a commercial with Jackie Chan. She kicked off her acting career in action and martial arts films and starred in films like Yes, Madam (1985), Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992), and many more.

Sending big congrats to Michelle Yeoh on her latest achievement. We can’t wait to see what the Oscar-winning actress has in store for her fans all over the world. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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