Miss Universe Laos 2022 is Payengxa Lor

Payengxa Lor was crowned Miss Universe Laos 2022 in a glittering competition held on Saturday, October 8 at the Grand Ballroom of Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel in Vientiane.

The 21-year-old business management student at the Lao-American College bested 19 other finalists to win the national title. She succeeds Tonkham Phonchanheuang and will now prepare to represent Laos at the 71st Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans, Louisiana, the USA this January.

Phaimany Lathsabanthao and Lattana Munvilay were announced as the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Soudthida Bounluetai and Souphaphone Houngheuang completed the Top 5 finalists.

The new Miss Universe Laos is also an English teacher and a co-founder of the Hmong Women Network, a platform for women empowerment. She volunteers to help the poor and in the future, she wants to build her own school to influence the young generation to believe in themselves and have a dream.

This year's national competition themed "The Change Is Now" was the fifth edition of the Miss Universe Laos pageant.

Laos first joined Miss Universe in 2017 with Souphaphone Somvichith. The country's highest achievement was the Best in National Costume award in 2018 with On-anong Homsombath's costume inspired by the mythical Kinnaree.

Meet the new Miss Universe Laos:

Photos: Miracle Productions / Miss Universe Laos, Payengxa Lor / Instagram

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