Carissa Yap (Miss Singapore Universe 2022)

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Carissa Yap. Photo from Instagram.

Carissa Yap (born 2000) is a Singaporean university student, best known for winning Miss Universe Singapore 2022. With the win, she will be representing Singapore at the 71st Miss Universe pageant in the United States in January 2023.



As of 2022, Carissa is a business student majoring in finance and economics, at the National University of Singapore (NUS).[1] According to reports, she joined the Miss Universe Singapore pageant in hopes to “realise her dreams of providing financial solutions to the underbanked community”.[2] Prior to studying at NUS, she was studying at Raffles Institution, where she scored five distinctions for her GCE ‘A’ Levels.[2] Carissa also holds a blue belt in Taekwondo.[3]

Professional career

According to her LinkedIn profile, Carissa has held various internships between 2019 and 2022.[4] These include:

Designation and Company Duration Ref.
Summer Analyst Intern, Citibank June 2022 - August 2022 [4]
Investor Relations Intern, SGX June 2021 - January 2022 [4]
Future of Finance Bootcamp at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship November 2019 [4]
Financial Services Assurance February 2019 - May 2019 [4]

Miss Universe Singapore 2022

Carissa’s yellow evening gown which garnered a lot of praise. Photo from Instagram.

On 17 October 2022, Carissa was crowned Miss Universe Singapore 2022.[5] Along with the title, she also won a 4-night staycation package at Paradox Singapore Merchant Court, a diamond jewellery set from The Better Diamond a dental makeover at Orchard Scotts Dental, a new wardrobe, and an all-expenses paid trip to represent Singapore at the Miss Universe 2022 finals in the United States.[5]

Carissa Yap with Denissia Delange and Yvonne Sashirekha. Photo from Instagram.

According to online reports, her win was due to a couple of contributing factors, such as how she impressed the judges with her intelligence and confidence during the Q&A segment, her “gorgeous” yellow evening gown outfit, and her toned physique during the athleisure wear round.[6] During the Q&A segment, she spoke on the importance of “being beautifully confident”:

"Well, I would say that I'm beautifully confident because I'm not afraid to use beauty to my power. I'm not afraid to combine beauty with my intellect because I don't think it's a binary choice." "I think there's power in beauty, power in intelligence, and it's not for women to make a binary choice — but to combine both to be able to fully express yourself and bring yourself to the greatest heights you can."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chua, Ilyda. “NUS biz student, 22, crowned Miss Universe S'pore 2022”. Mothership. October 19, 2022. Accessed 24 October 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wee, Timothy. “Carissa Yap takes Miss Universe Singapore 2022 crown - here's what we know about her”. AsiaOne. October 18, 2022. Accessed 24 October 2022.
  3. Li, Liping. “NUS Undergraduate Carissa Yap Won Miss Universe Singapore 2022 & Will Represent S’pore Next Year”. GoodyFeed. n.d. Accessed 25 October 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Yap, Carissa. “Carissa Yap - LinkedIn”. LinkedIn. n.d. Accessed 24 October 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kulkarni, Preeti. “Meet Carissa Yap, the winner of Miss Universe Singapore 2022”. Lifestyle Asia. October 19, 2022. Accessed 24 October 2022.
  6. Tan, Jou Teng. “Carissa Yap Is The New Miss Universe Singapore 2022 Who Will Represent Us Internationally”. Zula. October 18, 2022. Accessed 25 October 2022.