Amanda Obdam was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2020 in a glittering competition held on Saturday, October 10 at the TRUE ICON Hall, ICONSIAM in Bangkok. She succeeds last year’s winner and Miss Universe Top 5 finalist, Paweensuda Drouin.
The 27-year-old Thai-Canadian model from Phuket who holds a degree in business administration and economics triumphed over 28 other finalists to win the coveted national beauty title.
In response to her final question, she said: “If I were to represent Thailand, honestly, I will just show everyone myself because I often get critiqued of being half, half-Thai half-Canadian, but what I wanna say here today is I am Thai. I was born to a Thai mother and I couldn’t have been more Thai so I wanna show you all of me, all of my Thainess because I am Thai.”
The new Miss Universe Thailand was handed over the title with the new “Power of Authenticity” crown worth 3.5 million baht crafted by a world-leading jewelry brand Mouawad. She will represent her country at the 69th Miss Universe pageant, whose date and venue are yet to be announced.
Praveenar Singh and Punika Kulsoontornrut were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Praewwanich Ruangthong and Alexandra Hänggi completed the Top 5.
The rest of the Top 10 were Chanakarn Suksatit, Patitta Suntivijj, Emmy Kym Sawyer, Thaweeporn Phinchamrat, and Benjarat Akkarawanichsil Aebi.
Thailand is yet to win its third Miss Universe. The country first won the title in 1965 with Apasra Hongsakula and the last time was in 1988 with Porntip Nakhirunkanok.
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