The Thais have given their ‘thumbs down’ to Weluree Ditsayabut
Weluree in swimsuit
It doesn’t take a lot for the Thais to throw full support behind their Miss Universe Thailand winners, just like what they did to 2012’s Farida Waller and 2013’s Chalita Yaemwannang.
But the minute they smell something fishy and end up seeing someone they feel undeserving of the crown actually getting the same, they are just as extreme in withdrawing their support for their rep. And this is what’s happening with Weluree Ditsayabut who was crowned just last Saturday.
It doesn’t help that the girl is also hugging the news with her anti-red shirt quips. There are also floating remarks about all the negative qualities of Fai (Weluree’s nick). A Thai friend I chatted with mentioned that the finals was allegedly a big cooking show because the winner used to be a host in a teen show for Channel 3 (the airing network). And now that she won and has become ‘popular’ overnight, they will be showing a TV drama filmed before she joined the pageant. On the darker side, some resourceful pageant fans dug up dirt and even got clips of her swearing (in Thai). I was also told that she allegedly wears a tattoo on her breast.
The worst part is that they don’t care at all how Fai will be trained or transformed for Miss Universe. They don’t even care about what National Costume or Evening Gown she will wear. In short, they all have already switched allegiance to the upcoming Miss Thailand World 2014 where hopes are high that the genuinely best will win.
For now, the new miss Thailand Universe is trying to pick up the pieces of a slowly shattering start of her reign and is promising to rise above it all and do the Land of Smiles proud. We’ll see about that.
The Forty (40) Official Candidates of Miss Universe Thailand 2014
Thailand’s representative to Miss Universe 2014 will be crowned at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon at around 10:00pm tonight (around 11:00pm Manila time), along with the country’s bets to Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism Queen International. Among the forty (40) hopefuls, I have filtered my choices carefully.
My Top 12 picks to do well in the finals later are:
Pimbongkod Chankaew (27), Ployputchara Sridara (2), Chanaporn Jaroensuk (31), Kanokphan Apichaianant (38), Anette Chewta Schulz (33), Nannapat Vittayaruengsook (37)
Warunchana Radomlek (7), Maneerat Sriwijan (30), Ingfah Kedkum (6), Duangjai Phoin (21), Nicharee Jermrod (24) and Woraluck Jaija (34).
Let’s see how this list will compare. ;-)
By the way, if you want to watch the Live Streaming of the Finals, click HERE.
Six of my picks for Miss Universe Thailand 2014
Ellie (shown above with Chalita) could be top favorite to win.
Come May 17, Miss Universe Thailand 2014 will be crowned at the Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon. But before that, the forty (40) Official Candidates will “camp out” (training-cum-sightseeing-cum-filming) in Ror Et, Thailand first before heading out to the big city for the finale. I have studied the beauties vying for the top crown and short-listed a handful of ladies with good potentials to figure out well.
Khun Dang (Thailand’s version of our Madame Stella) may have her eyes set on 19 year-old Pasadena import Pimbongkod Changkaew (English name: Ellie) who is one of the two tallest contenders at 1.78m. Aside from being a statuesque beauty, she is also fluent in English and with nice cheekbones that register well on-cam. On the other hand, I have my sights on a shorter but very Thai-charming 24 year-old lass named Kanokphan Apichaianant (English name: Eve) who may be only 1.70m but has very long hair and winsome features that could augur well for a possible post-reign showbiz career if she wins.
If you would like to see all the ladies in contention, follow this LINK. You can also share your favorites below. ;-)
A Miss Universe delegate does not compete in the pageant just for her personal gain. A more important objective is to do so for the love of flag and country. Nothing is more rewarding and fulfilling than claiming victory with the full support of your countrymen.
The Asian delegates (including Guam) may have varying degrees of cheers and fanaticism from their respective supporters, but the common goal is always to push and motivate their representatives to be the best they can be in achieving the top prize.
I can’t remember the last time a Miss Universe pictorial had the ladies and their flags as theme. It sure is giving everyone more reasons to vote and back-up. ;-)
I decided to start with the Asian region first for the Fadil Berisha glamshots. Given the dozen ladies above, who do you think stood out?
Personally, my Preferred Three in this group are:
The three Asian glamshots I like best.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida (r) and Miss Thailand Chalita Yaemwannang are becoming close friends.
It’s no secret that the Philippine and Thai pageant fans are always at odds with one another. And both camps even try to outshine (outbash if you will) when it comes to putting down the reps. The funny thing is that, while their respective fans are throwing potshots left and right, Ariella Arida and Chalita Yaemwannang are starting to develop a nice friendly chemistry. And this should be the case. We are Asean neighbors who should try to look out for the welfare of the other if need be, especially in a cold foreign city like Moscow.
Anyways, let your fans have their happy battle, Ara and Lita. As long as we know that the two of you are getting along fine, then everything’s good. :-)
Ariella with (L-R) Vietnam, Thailand, China and Myanmar.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida is at her most relaxed state when bonding with fellow Asian beauties Chalita Yaemwannang of Thailand, Truong Thi May of Vietnam, Moe Set Wine of Myanmar and Jin Ye of China PR. Although each of them are eyeing the Miss Universe 2013 crown, nothing beats developing friendships with your neighbors in the region, at least in the earlier stages of competition.
Right now, we still can’t tell who Ariella will be closest to during the homestretch. But in the meantime, they have each other’s company to combat the icy-cold weather in Moscow. ;-)
Thailand, Myanmar and Finland arrived earlier than most in Moscow.
Early birds for Miss Universe 2013 have started arriving in Moscow to gain a headstart in the competition. Last weekend saw Misses Thailand, Myanmar and Finland taking their flights to the Russian capital for the pageant.
According to my sources, Chalita Yaemwannang and Moe Set Wine are sure to be roommates for the entirety of MU2013. On the other hand, Lotta Hintsa did not need a long-haul travel at all. Helsinki is just a little under two hours away unlike the duo who had to endure a longer time up in the air.
So if you are the participant, dear readers, would you rather be one of the first to arrive, middle of the pack or the last one to make a grand entrance? ;-)
P.S. Someone should have advised Miss Myanmar not to wear light blue denims – faded at that – during her arrival. I’ll let it slide just because they landed without much funfare.
Let’s do head-to-heads between Ara Arida and twelve of the other Asian candidates in Miss Universe 2013. Who do you think is more superior in each pairing?
In alphabetical order now.
Ara VS Ye Jin
Ara VS Manasi
Ara VS Whulandary
Ara VS Yukimi
Ara VS Zhazira
Ara VS Kim Yu-Mi
Ara VS Carey
Ara VS Moe Set
Ara VS Shi
Ara VS Amanda
Ara VS Chalita
Ara VS Thi May
Here’s my personal pre-arrival take:
Ara Arida is definitely stronger than a dozen of the region’s best contenders for the Diamond Nexus Lab crown. However, there are three (3) ladies I consider with the possibility of giving her a really tough fight for the one or two semifinal spots that could be reserved for the region. They are: Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Truong Thi May of Vietnam and Manasi Moghe of India.
I’d say that our rep should prepare for this trio first before executing her game plan versus the Central Europeans.
Your say, dear readers?
Chalita is all set for Miss Universe 2013
Chalita's Evening Gown (L) and National Costume for MU2013
In a recent strictly-by-invitation affair to the Press in Bangkok, Miss Universe Thailand 2013 Chalita Yaemwannang was formally presented wearing her Official Evening Gown/s and National Costume for Miss Universe 2013.
While I find the traditional attire relatively underwhelming (read: a step down) compared to Thailand’s entries the past number of years – it doesn’t grab me instantly, makes Lita look more healthy and lacks a distinct wow factor to the overall design – her evening gowns are more divine, especially the aqua-colored number (see left photo above). With the right catwalk attitude and movement onstage, it can make the wearer stand out easily. But practice makes perfect in this bold serpentina cut because one wrong turn on platform heels can be off-balancing. I trust that Chalita’s handlers are training her well, though.
Chalita's alternate evening gown
As for the Gold-colored gown, it reminds me somewhat of the one Princess Ayu Mirah created for Miss World 2013 Megan Young during the Top Model segment of the pageant, but with more flashy details this time around. I also like it, but none the better compared to the above.
Between now and next week, Thailand’s rep will wrap up all her wardrobe contents and pysche herself up for Moscow. This year’s Asian contenders are really upping their respective claims to the crown. ;-)