Sonya Balmores Chung

Posted in Pics on April 18th, 2011 by Jody

Sonya Balmores Chung

Whenever I watch an American beauty pageant, I always keep an eye out for the representative from Hawaii. They’re always amongst the most beautiful of the contestants, and, not coincidentally, they’re often mixed Asian. For example, this year’s Miss Hawaii USA and Miss Hawaii Teen USA, Angela Byrd and Courtney Coleman, are both hapa.

Sonya Balmores Chung is another example. The actress/model/surfer (of Filipina, Irish, and Native American descent) was Miss Hawaii Teen USA in 2004, and placed first runner-up in the Miss Teen USA pageant that year. She later starred as Kai Kealoha in the TV series Beyond the Break, which aired on The N from 2006 to 2009, and she currently stars as Bethany Hamilton’s nemesis Malina Birch in the film Soul Surfer.

Sonya is on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. You can learn more about her from Wikipedia and IMDb, as well as this interview with Asians on Film.

Pictures and video after the jump.

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