Thailand's Sireethorn Leearamwat has won the 59th Miss International pageant hosted by the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on 12 November.
Miss International 2019 is Miss Thailand, Sireethorn Leearamwat. She makes history as the first ever Miss International titleholder from her country! 🇹🇭 Her royal court includes:#MissInternational #MissInternational2019 pic.twitter.com/9C5sLGLvn2— 𝑯𝒂𝒍𝒍𝑬𝒍𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒚𝒐 (@hallelninyo69) November 12, 2019
Here are the top five facts about the Thai beauty:
- Sireethorn Leearamwat, 25, was born on 24 December 1993 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- The stunning beauty, who earlier won her country’s oldest beauty pageant to become Miss Thailand, is 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m).
- She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at one of the country’s most prestigious universities - Mahidol University.
- Currently, Sireethorn Leearamwat is working as a product specialist of immunotheraphy.
- The Miss International beauty pageant titleholder is the first contestant from Thailand to win the coveted crown.
โมเม้นประกาศไทยแลนด์นี่เป็นแบบเดียวกับบิ๊นท์เลย คือ4คนที่ยืนลุ้นมงอยู่เต็งมงทุกนาง ใจเต้นแรงมาก 👑😍— Little duck (@Rin32148044) November 12, 2019
ปล.ไทยจะมงให้หมด เหลือวันฟ้าใสแห่งชาติ #MissInternational2019 #MissInternational #MissInternationalThailand2019 pic.twitter.com/EJfB6ZNbDE
Sireethorn was among the 83 contestants to compete in the competition.
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Meet the lovely Miss Thailand 2019, Sireethorn Leearamwat, a 25-year-old pharmacist who won her country’s most prestigious and oldest beauty pageant last month. As Miss Thailand 2019, she will not only fulfill her duties within the kingdom but also, she will represent her beautiful country in the #59thMissInternational Beauty Pageant. Thailand has an unbroken semifinals streak in our pageant in 2013! This year could just be heir luckiest one! #CheerAllWomen #MissInternational2019 #MissInternational #MissInternationalThailand #MissThailand #Thailand
After making it to the Top 15 and Top 8 rounds, Sireethorn Leearamwat was crowned as Miss International 2019 by last year’s winner, Mariem Velazco from Venezuela.
The first runner-up was Andrea Toscano (Mexico), followed by Evelyn Namatovu Karonde (Uganda), Alejandra Vengoechea (Colombia) and Harriotte Lane (United Kingdom).
The Philippines' contestant Bea Patricia "Patch" Magtanong also made it to the Top 8 of the competition and received kudos for her empowering speech during the Speech Competition portion.
"No woman anytime, anywhere, is left behind."— Francis Clair (@clairhaycs) November 12, 2019
Atty. #BeaPatriciaMagtanong during Top 8 Speech Competition.#PA7CH#MissInternational2019 #MissInternational #PatchMagtanong #Philippines #CheerAllWomen #MissPhotogenicInternational #59thMissInternational #PurpleRibbon pic.twitter.com/PJa8xnXBE4
25-year old Russian contestant Marina Oreshkina from Vladivostok did not make it to the top 15.
The last Southeast Asian winner came from Indonesia when Kevin Lilliana won in 2017.
“Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty”
Miss International Beauty Pageant originated in Long Beach, California, United States in 1960.
In 1970, Japan had an opportunity to co-host the pageant with Japan World Exposition in Osaka, as the main event of the Osaka World Expo.
It was the first time Miss Japan had won a prize, ending up in 4th place to standing ovations from the public.
The spike in popularity of the contest became the catalyst for further contests to take place in Japan, with the pageants mainly hosted by the Asian country.
Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth, the event is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.
The Miss International Organization and the brand are currently owned, along with Miss International Japan, by ICA (International Cultural Association) and the Miss Paris Group.
The pageant crown used by the organisation is supplied and patented by the Mikimoto pearl company.
Participants and winners are expected to serve as “Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty”.