Deborah started modelling at the age of 15, and moved to London to further her career in the industry after high school. She took a break from modelling not long after that to further her studies, after which she returned to Malaysia and participated in, and won, Miss Malaysia World 2007. In 2011, she was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia.
Beyond beauty pageants and TV hosting, Henry is also known for her humanitarian work. She co-founded Fugee School, a non-profit charity organisation that provides basic education to refugee children. She recently founded Fugeelah, a social enterprise selling fashion accessories that provides jobs, skills training and income to refugee youth and sustainability for Fugee School.
In 2013, Deborah was included in Forbes’ list of top Asian philanthropists. She is also a World Vision’s Child’s Rights Advocate, and was appointed as Louis Vuitton and UNICEF’s local spokespersons alongside Datuk Nicol David.