The winner of the Miss Myanmar International 2012 beauty pageant has been invited to participate in the 52nd Miss International 2012 pageant, to be held in Okinawa, Japan, on October 21.
Last month organisers of the international pageant invited Nann Khin Zayar to take part in the event in Japan, which is expected to be attended by competitors from more than 50 countries.
“I’m not satisfied with my preparation because I only received the invitation on September 2, and then I had to travel to the International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam from September 10 to 15, so I haven’t had much time,” Nann Khin Zayar said.
She said the international competition will emphasise the culture of each country, and she plans to wear a costume in the style of Myanmar’s Konbaung era (18th and 19th centuries) while carrying a bowl used to offer food to Buddhist monks.
Myanmar fashion designers Pyi Soe Aung, Ma Min Zuu and Ma Thwin Su Htwe will provide Nann Khin Zayar with seven dresses for the competition.
Nann Khin Zayar, 23, is an ethnic Shan who worked as a tour guide for several years before she was named Miss Myanmar International 2012.
“I was very interested in art since I was young but I chose to work as a tour guide to earn a living,” she said.
“I studied very hard to become a tour guide and I also tried very hard to compete at the Miss Myanmar International 2012 pageant, where I unexpectedly won the title. So I don’t want to let go of being a tour guide and a model very easily.”
Among the various titles that will be bestowed in Japan will be the Miss Internet Prize. The public can vote for their favourite candidate at www.miss-international.org.