Nawat Itsaragrisil, the Head of Miss Grand International, is a very generous man indeed. If he gave out a USD30,000.00 cash prize to Janelee Chaparro of Puerto Rico who won the inaugural edition of the impressive international pageant last year, the pot money has been increased to USD40,000.00* to whoever will be crowned Miss Grand International 2014. And just like Miss Universe, the winner will also be provided with a fully-furnished luxury apartment in Bangkok for one (1) year.
And if that’s not enough, I was also told that all the winners of the Special Awards (like Miss Photogenic, Friendship, Talent etc.) will be given a cash prize of USD3,000.00** each. Whew!
Where do I sign up, Khun Nawat? 😀
* – roughly equivalent to PhP1.7M (at current rates) and much higher than what is rewarded to the top winners of either Miss International and Miss Earth.
** – roughly equivalent to PhP130K (at current rates) which is already the cash prize of a Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up like Janine Tugonon.