Miss Universe beauties take center stage at extravaganza in Bangkok


JKN Global Group PCL, the new owner of the Miss Universe Organization successfully held the first-ever Miss Universe Extravaganza at Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok, Thailand.

The highly talked-about historic event which was held on Monday, November 7, and streamed across JKN platforms, was a spectacle parade of Miss Universe beauties all glammed up for the special occasion.

Attended of course by the new owner herself from Thailand, Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip, with MUO President Paula Shugart and CEO Amy Emmerich, the empowered reigning Miss Universe and menstrual equity advocate Harnaaz Sandhu, former titleholders, and Miss Universe Thailand's present and former queens.

The past winners who were present include Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova, who after her reign made the decision to settle in Thailand where she won her title. She talked about her love for the country and attest to the many wonderful things its beauty and its warm people can offer the world.

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes shared that her victory helped her country Angola to be seen in a different light and now as Miss Universe Angola national director, she wants to inspire and pave way for the new Angolan generations to be able to have the same opportunities she was given.

For Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza who revealed it was her first time in the country, shared that winning Miss Universe gave her a platform to advocate for social causes and the opportunity to pursue her aspirations in life. She gave the pageant credit for having been able to land a hosting job at Telemundo and essentially for where she is today.

Last but not least, the iconic queen of "lava walk" from the Philippines, Catriona Gray, continues to shine four years after winning Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, as a true embodiment of what it means to be "beautifully confident" in the way she carries herself and speaks her mind. Her angelically singing part of John Lennon's hit song "Imagine" was definitely one of the highlights of the whole spectacle.

Miss Universe Spain 2018 Ángela Ponce, the first openly transgender woman to compete at Miss Universe was also present. The Spanish beauty with her iconic "I don't need to win Miss Universe, I only need to be here" broke barriers for transgender people in her community.

With the new ownership, the Miss Universe pageant will continue moving forward as a platform for empowered women, inclusivity, and transformational leadership.

While further details for the upcoming competition in New Orleans are yet to be revealed, Paula Shugart hinted at Miss Universe going back to the basics with exciting events lined up for the contestants, public votes, and a grand finale with an expected audience of around seven thousand people.

Following the extravaganza, the Miss Universe beauties took their glam a notch higher for a special gala dinner at the luxurious Centara Grand At CentralWorld.

Photos: Pancharut Chaikittiwirun, JKN18

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