Miss Thailand Emerges As The Favorite To Be Miss Universe

Kim MacCormack

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:16 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 12:16 PM UTC

More than 90 women will compete for the crown of Miss Universe this Sunday.
<div><p>Beyonce says “girls” run the world and on Dec. 8 more than 90 women will gather in Atlanta to compete to wear the crown of Miss Universe. Miss Philippines, Miss USA and Miss Brazil are strong contenders as well.</p><p>It’s time for Earth to slight the rest of the galaxy and only consider fellow humans on this planet and crown the new Miss Universe.</p><p>Of course, we jest. If some creature or alien or spirit from another planet or star were to show up surely, they’d be encouraged to compete for the crown – or they might just seize it outright.</p><p>But until E.T or some equivalent comes a knockin’ we’ll just have to pick from the women of more than 90 countries as they vie to be Miss Universe.</p><p>The three-hour international beauty contest will be beamed live around the globe and maybe into space on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. on Fox. It also will air on Telemundo.</p><p>Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, which opened earlier this year will play host to the event hosted by comedian Steve Harvey. Hmm, maybe Madea will be a judge? LOL. Who are we kidding, Madea would want to compete!</p><p>The state-of-the-art studio, which just hosted the latest Democratic debate, also was home to the new “Coming 2 America” sequel starring Eddie Murphy and the “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.</p><p>You can check out all the smart, beautiful women wanting the crown here but we’ll give you a heads up, Thailand is the favorite at +300, followed by Philippines (+500), Brazil, El Salvador, Portugal, Puerto Rico and the United States all at +600.</p><p>The current Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, is from the Philippines.</p><p>The candidates already have gathered in Atlanta in preparation for the pageant which includes registration, fittings and public appearances.</p><p>The contest exists to celebrate women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers women to realize their goals through experiences to build self-esteem, confidence and further their career opportunities. But let’s face it, to many it is still a beauty competition.</p><p>For the record, Venezuela and the United States have had the most winners at seven. The last winner from the states was Culpo in 2012. Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler won in 2013.</p><p>A highlight of the pageant is when the contestants wear national. A few of the contestants have posted photos of the costumes representing their countries and, as expected, they are eye-catching.</p><p>Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson’s costume is inspired by the country’s national flower the Flor de Maga, similar to a giant Hibiscus.</p><p>South Korea’s Lee Yeon Ju will stand out as she walks the runway wearing a hanbok with a yellow parasol.</p><p>Victoria Jenkins, representing Great Britain, will bring attention to climate change with her national costume.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Miss USA Cheslie Kryst reveals national costume for Miss Universe &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/5UDGhO3NHF\"&gt;https://t.co/5UDGhO3NHF&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/ncxi9IeLJW\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/ncxi9IeLJW&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— New York Post (@nypost) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1201007130603597824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;December 1, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Miss USA Cheslie Kryst has several influences in her costume. A headband is a homage to Rosie the Riveter, wings are a nod to “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” her crown and torch are reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty and she’ll be carrying scales representing Lady Justice.</p><p>Miss Thailand, Jennifer Paweensuda “Fahsai” Droun, the favorite, represents the Far East country is the daughter of a Thai mother and a Canadian father. She was born in Montreal, graduated from the University of Calgary and then moved to Thailand to become a model. She speaks both English and Thai.</p><p>There has been some criticism about her representing Thailand, but she responds that though she may have a “Western” face she is Thai to her core.</p><p>“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but I know I’m Thai…What makes us Thai people is that we are open, and we accept different people from different backgrounds,” she said according to a Bangkok newspaper. “I speak Thai. My heart is Thai. I know that I can be Thailand’s representative on the world stage and make everyone proud.”</p><p>Miss Thailand won the title in 1965 and 1988.</p><h2>Miss Universe 2019 Winner</h2><ul> <li>Thailand at 4.0</li> <li>Philippines at 6.0</li> <li>Brazil at 7.0</li> <li>El Salvador at 8.0</li> <li>Portugal at 8.0</li> <li>Puerto Rico at 8.0</li> <li>United States at 9.0</li> <li>Colombia at 9.0</li> <li>Australia at 9.0</li> <li>Chile at 9.0</li> <li>Iceland at 9.0</li> <li>Venezuela at 9.0</li> <li>Bolivia at 10.0</li> <li>Costa Rica at 10.0</li> <li>France at 10.0</li> <li>Mexico at 13.0</li> <li>Finland at 15.0</li> <li>Poland at 15.0</li> <li>Sweden at 15.0</li> <li>Bangladesh at 17.0</li> <li>Germany at 17.0</li> <li>India at 17.0</li> <li>Spain at 17.0</li> <li>Israel at 21.0</li> <li>Namibia at 21.0</li> <li>Angola at 23.0</li> <li>Argentina at 23.0</li> <li>Japan at 23.0</li> <li>Panama at 23.0</li> <li>Canada at 26.0</li> <li>Indonesia at 26.0</li> <li>South Africa at 26.0</li> <li>Barbados at 34.0</li> <li>Malaysia at 34.0</li> <li>Myanmar at 34.0</li> <li>Norway at 34.0</li> <li>Albania at 41.0</li> <li>Armenia at 41.0</li> <li>Bahamas at 41.0</li> <li>Belgium at 41.0</li> <li>Belize at 41.0</li> <li>Cambodia at 41.0</li> <li>Croatia at 41.0</li> <li>Denmark at 41.0</li> <li>Dominican Republic at 41.0</li> <li>Greece at 41.0</li> <li>Kyrgyzstan at 41.0</li> <li>Malta at 41.0</li> <li>Mongolia at 41.0</li> <li>Netherlands at 41.0</li> <li>Nicaragua at 41.0</li> <li>Slovakia at 41.0</li> <li>Aruba at 46.0</li> <li>Cayman Islands at 46.0</li> <li>China at 46.0</li> <li>Czech Republic at 46.0</li> <li>Haiti at 46.0</li> <li>Italy at 46.0</li> <li>Jamaica at 46.0</li> <li>Kosovo at 46.0</li> <li>Laos at 46.0</li> <li>Mauritius at 46.0</li> <li>New Zealand at 46.0</li> <li>Saint Lucia at 46.0</li> <li>Turkey at 46.0</li> <li>British Virgin Islands at 51.0</li> <li>Curacao at 51.0</li> <li>Guam at 51.0</li> <li>Kazakhstan at 51.0</li> <li>Kenya at 51.0</li> <li>Lithuania at 51.0</li> <li>Peru at 51.0</li> <li>Singapore at 51.0</li> <li>Uruguay at 51.0</li> <li>Vietnam at 51.0</li> <li>Bulgaria at 56.0</li> <li>Ecuador at 56.0</li> <li>Egypt at 56.0</li> <li>Great Britain at 56.0</li> <li>Honduras at 56.0</li> <li>Ireland at 56.0</li> <li>Nigeria at 56.0</li> <li>Paraguay at 56.0</li> <li>Equatorial Guinea at 61.0</li> <li>South Korea at 61.0</li> <li>Ukraine at 61.0</li> <li>Georgia at 76.0</li> <li>Nepal at 76.0</li> <li>Sierra Leone at 76.0</li> <li>Virgin Islands at 76.0</li> <li>Tanzania at 81.0</li> <li>Zambia at 81.0</li></ul><div><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=162&amp;a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0005/1349915/Biggest-Ever-Bet-Boost-1280x480-English-UK.jpg" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></div></div>
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