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You were not meant for the World and the Earth, because you are destined to conquer the Universe!
Miss Earth 2017 Top 8 finalist Paweensuda Drouin of Thailand has just been crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2019 in a glittering coronation finale held in Thunder Dome, Pak Kret, Thailand.
Paweensuda was crowned by the reigning Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines who also served as one of the judges. It is interesting to know that both are good friends and the two first met each other during the Miss Hannah 2017 (a sub-competition of Miss Earth) in which Catriona (the reigning Miss Hannah 2016 that time) was also the judge. Paweensuda won Miss Hannah 2017 and was predicted to win the Miss Earth 2017 title but only managed to reach the Top 8. Since then, their friendship blossomed and Paweensuda supported Catriona when the latter competed and won the Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand last year.
Will Paweensuda have the same fate like Catriona Gray?
Paweensuda and Catriona were both the ‘crowd favourites’ in their first foray in the global pageant scene. Paweensuda must have been inspired by her friend Catriona because just like her, Catriona also lost in her first international pageant. Catriona was the heavy favourite to win in Miss World 2016 but despite the sterling performance, she only settled in the Top 5. The dismal result and the alleged rigging by the owner had left a devastating damage to the Miss World Organisation with its credibility lost into oblivion. On the other hand, Paweensuda was also the predicted winner in another major pageant. Paweensuda was expected to win Thailand’s first Miss Earth crown in 2017 but her underwhelming response during the hashtag round of Miss Earth 2017 cost her the coveted crown.
A stronger Paweensuda
Now Paweensuda came back stronger and determined more than ever. She joined again the Miss Universe Thailand edition and this time, she nailed it and claimed what’s rightfully meant for her. Just like Catriona, the valuable lessons that she learned in her previous pageant experience were utilised to her full advantage. What’s more interesting is that Paweensuda’s recent crowning felt like a déjà vu of Miss Hannah 2017 where she was also judged and at the same time crowned by Catriona Gray.
The Universe is waiting
A few months from now, the most anticipated Miss Universe 2019 edition will commence where Paweensuda will compete together with the rest of the 90 plus beautiful contenders. Will we be witnessing another interesting scenario of Catriona Gray crowning her friend Paweensuda Drouin? The possibility of Paweensuda’s triumph in the Universe is not far-fetched considering the fact that she has all the qualities of the recent Miss Universe winners under the IMG era. Plus, it’s been 32 years since Thailand won the Miss Universe crown and with Paweensuda in the contention, the opportunity is very high. I just hope that Paweensude will be styled to the nines and trained to perfection in all aspects of the competition to ensure Thailand’s victory for their third Miss Universe crown.