VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Miss International Laos 2017, Miss Phounesup Phonnyotha, dazzled everyone during a welcome party in Saitama city in Japan at the Miss International pageant.
She was ranked among the top ten contestants at the reception along with beauty queens from Vietnam, Nepal, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa, the Philippines and Venezuela.
“I appreciate being one of top ten beauty queens in my first appearance at a beauty contest outside the country,” Miss Phounesup said.
She urged everyone in Laos to support her during the contest and promised to do her best to promote Laos and its culture in Japan.
Miss Phounesup said she enjoyed watching and participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with the other contestants.
Director of the First Modelinglao Agency, Ms Viengsamone Chittalath, told Vientiane Time yesterday that Miss Phounesup left for Japan on September 24. Her activities so far have included participating in cultural activities such as learning floral arrangements, the tea ceremony and wearing a kimono. She has also visited well-known tourist attractions.
The activities were organised in various districts of Japan. The contestants have learnt a lot about the beautiful Japanese culture and this will help nurture friendly relations between Laos and Japan, Ms Viengsamone said.
The national costume worn by Miss Phounesup is called “Siengkhaen Daenchampa” and was designed by Mr Si Amphan Chanthavichit (Billy), the winner of Lao Young Designer Project 2015, to symbolize Lao style at the competition.
Billy’s concept costume aims to show the civilisation, fertile arts and handicrafts, and beautiful culture of the country. The costume features frangipanis, the national flower, as well as sticky rice baskets and traditional khaen musical instruments to promote culture.
The final round of Miss International 2017 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on November 14. This year, the pageant has attracted participants from 72 countries.
First held in 1960, Miss International (Miss International Beauty or The International Beauty Pageant) is a Tokyo-based international beauty contest organised by The International Culture Association.
Along with Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four international pageants - the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international competitions.
Participants and winners are expected to serve as “Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty”, demonstrating tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and, most importantly, a great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill and understanding.