The excitement is real. Miss Universe Thailand 2019 is probably one of the strongest editions of the national competition. Now on its 20th year, the pageant is under the new management – TPN 2018 Co., Ltd. by Somchai Cheewasutthanon, Piyaporn Sankosik and Narong Lertkitsiri.
57 young women from all over Thailand are vying for the coveted title and the right to represent the “Land of Smiles” at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant. Most of them are returnees and crossovers from various national and international beauty competitions.
Among the heavy favorites are Paweensuda Drouin (Miss Universe Thailand 2017 2nd runner-up, Miss Earth Thailand 2017 and Miss Earth 2017 Top 8 semi-finalist) and Patraporn Wang (winner of Miss Intercontinental 2014).
Other contestants with experience in international pageants are Vetaka Petsuk (winner of Miss Global Beauty Queen 2015), Orawan Seepanamwan (winner of Miss Supertalent of the World 2018) and Chawanluck Unger (Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 4th runner-up).
Thailand won the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1965 (Apasra Hongsakula) and 1988 (Porntip Nakhirunkanok). The country has been doing very well during the last 4 years starting with Aniporn Chalermburanawong’s Top 10 finish at Miss Universe 2015, followed by the Top 6 placement of Chalita Suansane at Miss Universe 2016, then Maria Poonlertlarp’s Top 5 finish at Miss Universe 2017 and lastly, Sophida Kanchanarin placed among the Top 10 at Miss Universe 2018.
Now the pressure is on the next representative to continue the placement streak for Thailand and the fans are hoping that one of this year’s batch of contestants will finally bring the coveted international title back to the country after 31 years.
Miss Universe Thailand 2019 preliminary competition will be held on Thursday, June 27 while the finals will be on June 29 with live telecast via PPTV HD 36 from the Thunder Dome, in Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi Province.
Last year’s winner, Sophida Kanchanarin of Bangkok will crown her successor at the end of the event.
Photos: TPN / Miss Universe Thailand 2019