Thailand has always excelled in their National Costumes. Owing to a rich culture and heritage that remains in place all over the country up to now, there’s no question as to how and why their local designers can come up with the most amazing concepts to share with the world.
In recent years, the country has upped the ante, so to speak. Instead of just contracting true-blue fashion professionals, the organizers conduct an annual contest in search for the best design for a National Costume to be fielded in Miss Universe. And here, anyone can join for as long as creativity is shown in large doses. Last year alone, the contest received so many entries where the winner went on to finalize the fantasy traditional creation that won for Miss Thailand Universe 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul one of her two special awards in Las Vegas.
This year, the winning piece draws inspiration from Norasingh – a half-human, half-animal guardian spirit in Thai mythological/folkloric history. Gold statues of the same can be seen dotting Bangkok’s Grand Palace. I will surely be amazed once I get to see how the finished product would like. My Thai friend spoke to the designer who is just about putting the final touches prior to showing the same to the Press before Miss Thailand Universe 2011 Chanyasorn Sakornchan leaves for Sao Paulo in a week’s time.
Watch out for the unveiling very soon! 😉
Chanyasorn "Fah" Sakornchan before she won Miss Thailand Universe 2011
Chanyasorn "Fah" Sakornchan (center) when she was crowned Miss Thailand Universe 2011 together with 2010 Miss Ximena Navarette (left) and 2010 Miss Thailand Universe Fonthip Watcharatrakul (right)
Now let’s fast forward to July 2011…
Fah's style and confidence have obviously improved!
My Thai-Filipino friend in Bangkok just confirmed with me that Miss Thailand Universe 2011 Chanyasorn ‘Fah’ Sakornchan is now a new woman. He intimated that their Miss Universe 2011 bet has already been ‘improved’ and more than ready to face the competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
How do you like the brand-new Fah? The surgical changes are not really too obvious (her predecessor, Fonthip, had more significant alterations) for the superficially discerning eye, but if you look closely, you can ‘sniff’ something that got streamlined as well as ‘bump’ into twins that were made more va-va-voom.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against such enhancements for as long as done responsibly. And if Fah’s fighting chance gets multiplied, then I say go! For the once-rugged and jumpsuit-wearing lass who spent some years studying in the US and spending hours in a midwest farm, this high-flying Thai (she can operate a plane) might just go more places, starting with Brazil and beyond.
Good luck, Fah! 🙂
Chonburi’s bet Chanyasorn Sakornchan was crowned Miss Thailand-Universe 2011 last night.
Chanyasorn Sakornchan, 20, was proclaimed Miss Thailand-Universe 2011 in glittering ceremonies held last night at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand. The 173 cm. beauty – a heavy favorite who speaks American English fluently – will now represent her country in the Miss Universe 2011 in Sao Paolo, Brazil this coming September.
Her court includes Niratcha Tangtisanon (1st Runner Up & Miss Thailand-Earth 2011), Nuttamon Krisnakupt (2nd Runner Up), Kanyarut Pongkumpanat (3rd Runner Up) and Passaraporn Konkamhaeng (4th Runner Up).
Congratulations, Fah! (that’s the winner’s nickname) 😉