Upholding a fine tradition of ignoring convention, Myanmar’s contestant for an international beauty pageant was unveiled without needing to her clothes off to her bikini at an event at Traders Hotel on August 14.
Khin Wint Wah was selected as Myanmar’s contestant to compete at the Miss Supranational pageant, from August 17 to September in Belarus, along with beauties from 98 other nations. Khin Wint Wah out-answered 99 others in a contest in Myanmar that did not involve the usual beauty parade.
“The tests and questions were really difficult and it was all focused on general knowledge,” she said. “I’m worried that people don’t know me. Many people think I was chosen unfairly because there was no grand show in front of the crowd. But you all can check the tests and questions on the website.”
Khin Wint Wah said she admired Miss Myanmar and Miss International, Nang Khin Zay Yar as her role models.
Miss Supranational Myanmar national director, Han Zaw Latt, said few Myanmar understood the difference between modelling “Miss” contests.
“A ‘Miss’ is a public figure who represents her country and takes part in a scholarship program. We want to show off Myanmar’s beautiful and intelligent women to the world, which is why we organised the pageant,” Han Zaw Latt said.
He added that the Miss Supranational Myanmar organisation had received warm praise from the international body but also attracted its share of rumour and misunderstanding from the local crowd.
“We are inexperienced, and this was our first attempt to host an international beauty pageant, but the international organisation liked our efforts.”
“Because we didn’t hold a grand beauty contest, some people did not believe it was legitimate.
“However, the Miss Supranational 2013 organisation has accepted our winner as a contestant,” Han Zaw Latt added.
The Miss Supranational 2013 pageant program for Myanmar kicked-off on May 21 and applications for contestants had to be submitted by the last week of July.
After several weeks of testing, Khin Wint Wah was chosen as the winner, and her answers to a general knowledge test were sent to the pageant’s authority on July 18. Khin Wint Wah then began her training for the international contest on July 22.
The Miss Supranational Pageant is recognised by the World Beauty Association and was founded in 2009. The first pageant was held in Poland.
The winner of the 2013 event in Belarus will be paid US$30,000; the first runner-up will receive $10,000; $5000 will go the second runner-up; and the third runner-up will receive $3000 in prize money. There will also be many other awards, such as a people’s choice award, swimwear award, evening gown award and a best costume award will also be handed out.