MasterChef’s Melissa Leong on why her Gold Logie nomination is a ‘huge step’ for women of colour   


MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong reveals why her Gold Logie nomination is a ‘huge step’ for women of colour

Masterchef Australia judge Melissa Leong has spoken about the cultural importance of her Logie Award nomination. 

The 40-year-old, who is of Chinese-Singaporean ethnicity, told Monday’s  TV Week magazine that being tapped for a gold Logie for Most Popular Personality is a ‘huge step in the right direction’ for diversity.  

‘While there’s a tremendous sense of achievement in the Gold Logie, what’s more meaningful is that no woman of colour has won,’ she told the magazine.

MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong, 40, (pictured) has revealed why her Gold Logie nomination is a 'huge step' for women of colour

MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong, 40, (pictured) has revealed why her Gold Logie nomination is a ‘huge step’ for women of colour 

‘Just to be nominated is a massive achievement.’

Melissa also noted the importance of her nomination in Australia’s multicultural society, adding that it’s a ‘distinct honour’ and huge ‘symbol’ to people who haven’t seen people like themselves be portrayed in the media.

‘Had it been someone else, I’d be applauding the loudest, because we need this as a nation,’ she continued.

The 40-year-old, who is of Chinese-Singaporean ethnicity, told Monday's TV Week magazine that being tapped for a gold Logie for Most Popular Personality is a 'huge step in the right direction' for diversity. Pictured with MasterChef co-stars Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo

The 40-year-old, who is of Chinese-Singaporean ethnicity, told Monday’s TV Week magazine that being tapped for a gold Logie for Most Popular Personality is a ‘huge step in the right direction’ for diversity. Pictured with MasterChef co-stars Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo 

The cookbook editor also penned a heartfelt Instagram post about her nomination on Monday, while also sending her best wishes to her fellow nominees.

‘I probably haven’t said enough about what it means to be grouped together with such wonderfully talented, beloved and hard working people as these,’ she wrote.

‘Well, it means a lot. Each story to get here is hard earned and well worth the gold.

Melissa's competitors are TV stars (L-R) Karl Stefanovic, Julia Morris, Hamish Blake, Tom Gleeson, Sonia Kruger and Ray Meagher

Melissa’s competitors are TV stars (L-R) Karl Stefanovic, Julia Morris, Hamish Blake, Tom Gleeson, Sonia Kruger and Ray Meagher  

‘And if the sentiment of ‘Surround yourself with brilliant people because you are the company you keep.’ is true, then right here is exactly where I want to be.

‘Wishing you all the best and thanks for having me in the squad! See you on the Goldie this weekend!’

Melissa is up for the Gold Logie alongside Karl Stefanovic, Tom Gleeson, Ray Meagher, Julia Morris, Sonia Kruger and Hamish Blake.

She has also been nominated for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter; against Carrie Bickmore, Leigh Sales and again Tom , Sonia and Hamish.

The TV star said she never believed she would receive a nomination when she found out she'd been shortlisted last month.

The TV star said she never believed she would receive a nomination when she found out she’d been shortlisted last month.

The TV star said she never believed she would receive a nom when she found out she’d been shortlisted last month.

‘Ten year old Mel would never have dreamed a weird, late bloomer outcast migrant kid like me would be nominated for a bloody GOLD LOGIE and a silver for most popular presenter,’ she wrote to Instagram on May 15.

‘Let alone the show I am on to be nominated for most popular and most outstanding reality shows! That’s 4 NOMINATIONS FOR @masterchefau!!

‘I am beyond blown away, we did it, team!’

Melissa is being recognised for her recent work on Network 10's Masterchef Australia

Melissa is being recognised for her recent work on Network 10’s Masterchef Australia 

Several of her fans and followers congratulated Melissa in the comments and said her recognition is well-deserved.

‘Congrats Melissa and why wouldn’t you be nominated!’ MasterChef Singapore judge Audra Morrice wrote.

‘You my dear represent diversity in so many ways… And to have the strength of character to be authentic and to wear your heart on your sleeve, I take my hat off to you gorgeous!’

Melissa is also up for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter

 Melissa is also up for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter

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