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9 Miss Universe Thailand Reps That Made The Top 10 & What They’re Up To Now

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Thailand’s Miss Universe contestants have been Top 10 finalists nine times and have won the entire pageant twice. Over the past six consecutive years, the Kingdom’s representatives consecutive years, all made it to the Top 10. 

Here’s a list of Miss Universe Thailand reps that made it to the Top 10, their iconic moments and what they’re up to now.

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1. Amanda Obdam – Miss Universe Thailand 2020

Amanda Obdam is Thailand’s most recent Miss Universe Thailand representative. 

The Phuket native wow-ed audience members in a national costume that resembled Thailand’s fighting fish, and a memorable evening gown segment.

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After the competition, she is now focusing on her sustainable clothing and bag brand, “Batika Studio”, and her modeling career.

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As part of her efforts to advocate for mental health awareness, Amanda Obdam spearheaded a campaign called “Have You Listened” aimed at communicating the importance of listening to others with empathy.

2. Paweensuda “Fahsai” Drouin – Miss Universe Thailand 2019

Paweensuda “Fahsai” Drouin was a Top 5 finalist when she competed as Miss Universe Thailand in 2019.

She is most remembered for answering the question, “Government surveillance is used to keep many nations and their people safe, but some believe this invades our right to privacy. What is more important to you, privacy or security?” with an eloquent answer that resounded with many netizens.

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Fahsai stated, “I believe that every country has their own government policy to keep us safe, and I believe that it shouldn’t cross the line of going into our privacy because we have a right to privacy.”

Fahsai as a host on CI Talks
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Now, she is a model, television host on CI Talks and a DJ for FM 99 MHz Active Radio.

3. Sophida “Ning” Jiratritarn – Miss Universe Thailand 2018

Representing Thailand in Miss Universe 2018, Sophida “Ning” Jiratritarn is best remembered for her inspirational story, transparency and iconic line, “Love yourself, guys.” 

Her national costume, the “Chang (elephant) Icon of Siam” wow-ed audience members
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Ning openly discussed her struggles with academia, relating her experiences with “failing” courses. But through loving and empowering herself, the Miss Universe contestant ultimately graduated from university with a 3.9 GPA. 

Ning mentioned that the most rewarding part of the journey was making her parents proud.

Miss Thailand 2018 with her family
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Now, she is an investment banking manager focusing on creating financial plans for solar energy projects. Ning is also married and has a child. 

4. Maria Lynn Ehren – Miss Universe Thailand 2017

Maria Lynn Ehren competed in the Miss Universe pageant back in 2017. She is best remembered for her iconic traditional national costume named “Chasing the Light” which featured motifs from traditional Thai puppetry.

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Maria is now a model, and is actively involved in fundraising for SOS Thailand, an environmental conservation organisation.

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5. Chalita “Namtan” Suansane – Miss Universe Thailand 2016

Chalita “Namtan” Suansane gracefully walked into the Top 6 at the Miss Universe competition in 2016.

She showcased one of Thailand’s best national costumes in a traditional Thai dress made of over 100,000 Swarovski crystals that was inspired by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Her answer to a question at the pageant, created a memorable moment for her fan. It involved her sharing her goals of raising awareness and helping those who suffer from HIV and AIDS.

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Today, Namtan still appears on-screen as an actress in many Thai films and TV series such as Sarb Krasue and Club Friday The Series.

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She also works as a model whilst creating videos for her YouTube channel.

Namtan answering her fans’ request of starting a YouTube channel
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6. Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanawong – Miss Universe Thailand 2015

Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanwong might just be the most quirky representative who stepped onto the Miss Universe stage yet. The fun-loving candidate first stepped onto the world stage back in 2015.

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She easily won the best national costume after walking out with Thailand’s famous “Tuk-Tuk” on her back. It was clearly her radiant expression and the creativity in promoting Thai tourism that brought her into the Top 10.

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After Miss Universe, she continued her career as a model.

Nat is also an actress appearing on many Thai sitcoms, music videos, as well as television programmes entertaining audiences with her funny personality.

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7. Porntip “Pui” Nakhirunkanok – Miss Universe Thailand 1988

Porntip “Pui” Nakhirunkanok was the second Thai contestant to win the “Miss Universe” title in the year 1988.

Her most memorable moment was definitely her answer during the Top 10 interview which checked the triple boxes of coming across as smart, funny and kind.

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The host asked Pui, who was living in Los Angeles during the time of the competition, how she became a representative for Thailand. She answered in a witty reply that you can be a Thai anywhere in the world.

Pui also snagged the award for Best National Costume during the competition.

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Part of the reason why she garnered fans quickly, was her openness regarding her dream of making a difference for children who suffer from malnutrition.

Today, Pui has devoted her life to running foundations that promote education for children, and being a frequent collaborator with Angels Wings Foundation International to build schools.

Pui, who is now in her fifties, is still a radiant beauty queen.
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8. Savinee “Ae” Pakaranang – Miss Universe Thailand 1984

Savinee “Ae” Pakaranang was a Top 10 finalist at the Miss Universe competition in 1984.

Ae’s winning streak seemed to continue, as she won Mrs. World, a beauty pageant for married women, in 1989. 

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Recently, Ae was voted as Nang Ngarm Nai Duang Jai Talord Garn, which translates to “the favourite beauty queen of all time”, on a beauty awards show stage called “Beauty Legend 2021”. 

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Miss Universe Thailand 1984 has three children. Her daughter, Bambi also competed in The Star, a Thai reality singing competition and was a Top 8 finalist. 

9. Apasra “Pook” Hongsakula – Miss Universe Thailand 1965

Pook is Thailand’s first Miss Universe rep that won the entire pageant – she also happened to be the first winner from Southeast Asia.

Apasra Hongsakula
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After the competition, Pook participated as a judge in the 1973 and 1979 Miss Universe pageant.

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Glamourous as ever, Pook is now a renowned businesswoman and socialite, as well as the owner of Apasra Beauty Slimming Spa.

These Miss Universe Thailand reps are our queens forever

We imagine that these contestants must have faced a lot of pressure and scrutiny as representatives of a country on the world stage.

However, they never failed to carry themselves with utmost grace, which explains why these ladies ended up in the Top 10 rankings of each iteration of the Miss Universe pageant. 

It seems like they have carried that poise over the years as well. These women are certainly ones to look up to, and we are excited to see just what other feats they will achieve in the future. 

Cover images adapted from: Matichon (Left), @amanda.obdam (Centre), Sanook (Right) 

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