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24 August 2010 :: 13:08:08 pm 36382

Media Criticise Award Winning Miss Thailand Performance

Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, took out the coveted Miss Universe pageant 2010 in Los Angeles on Monday night, while the Thai contestant, Fonthip Watcharatrakul, was awarded with two prestigious titles at the glamorous event. Miss Thailand’s wins are a testament to her character and beauty as an overly critical Thai media lambasted her displays as “outstandingly lavish and highly inappropriate,” during the event.
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United States, the 23rd of August 2010: Hosted by Poison star Bret Michaels and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales live from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Monday night, 84 beauties lined up in competition for the coveted 59th Miss Universe title. The event included a performance from R&B star John Legend, while judges at the special night included Criss Angel, Evan Lysacek, Chynna Phillips and Jane Seymour

Following the completion of two ‘super-sexy’ swimsuit and evening dress events, the field was whittled down to 5 contestants all vying for the prestigious title of Miss Universe 2010. In the end, it was the suitably gorgeous Miss Mexico contestant, Jimena Navarrete [22], who took the title ahead of main rivals Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps [24], Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell [19], Miss Ukraine Anna Poslavska [23] and Miss Philippines Venus Raj [22] who finished second to fifth in respective order.

In somewhat of a coup for Thailand’s credibility on the international beauty pageant scene, the Miss Thailand entrant, Fonthip Watcharatrakul, took home both the Miss Photogenic and Best National Costume awards, while Australian, Jesinta Campbell won the Miss Congeniality award.

Fonthip’s recognition did not come without its share of controversy as Miss Thailand was lambasted on several fronts by the conservative Thai media for being “outstandingly lavish and highly inappropriate” referring to her choice of attire and subsequent modelling performance during the internationally acclaimed pageant.

Prior to the start of the awards night, Miss Thailand reportedly defended her actions on her Facebook page exclaiming, “What do you want me to do? Do you want me to just wear my sash and walk with it on? Is that a Thai woman?” It has been reported that risqué photographs of Fonthip in a revealing red dress had been the fuel for the jives in the Thai press.

In conclusion, the newly crowned beauty queen Jimena will now receive an undisclosed salary, use of a luxury apartment in New York with living expenses paid, a diamond-encrusted crown and jewellery fit for a queen. Also included in the prize package is a one-year scholarship to the New York Film Academy. As part of the her official duties as Miss Universe, Jimena will now tour the world in a bid to call attention to prevalent issues such as HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.


Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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