(Source: the Thai langauge Thai Rath newspaper, 4 Sept)
(Photo: Courtesy ‘Thai Rath’. From left to right: Miss Slilathip, Miss Lalana and Miss Phannapha)
Just late last night in Pattaya, Chonburi province, the final 18 contestants for this year’s Miss Thailand crown put on a wonderful finale to seek out the country’s most stunning girl. The interest in Pattaya for this year’s show was phenomenal with an abundance of former beauty queens and socialites attending.
Besides just the Miss Thailand Crown on offer, plenty other financial awards for ‘special abilities’ were distributed out among the 18 finalists. These awards included ‘Miss Nice Characteristics’, ‘Miss Smart Money Queen’, ‘Miss Lovely Skin’ and ‘Miss Friendly’.
Leading into the top ten finalists’ round, the coveted ‘Miss Country’s Sweetheart’ award (taken from public national SMS votes) was handed to ‘Number 7’ Miss Lalana’ (N’Jiab).
Not just scoring on lovely-looks, the competition’s girls were also judged on their ‘personalities’, ‘intelligence’ and ‘self-confidence’ etc. In fact, in front of the packed arena the girls, ‘on their own’, had to give their best though-over answers to tricky hand-picked questions. These included ‘What do you think about foreigners copying Thai-patented products?’ and ‘What can we do to fight global warming?’
(Just like in previous years, one of the top ten girls found it extremely hard to answer in Thai as it wasn’t her native language).
Into the final round, there were just 3 girls to select from, ‘Miss Salilathip’, ‘Miss Lalana’ and ‘Miss Phannapha’. With the audience rocking in excitement, it was quite obvious that teenager ‘Miss Lalana’ was the people’s favourite. They were not to leave disappointed as the host of the evening, one of Thailand’s most famous TV presenters ‘Mr Nino’ – called out the name of the eventual winner ‘Miss Lalana’ or nickname – ‘Jiab’.
Miss Lalana won a cash prize of 1million baht, a huge diamond worth 400,000baht, a car worth 1.5million baht – plus other valuable prizes.
The gorgeous Miss Lalana 172cm at just 18 years of age is a student of medical science at one of the country’s most prestigious universities ‘Mahidol’.
*Added some extra notes myself – ITV Live Coverage*
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