SPOTLIGHT: Miss Grand Czech Republic 2023 Sophia Maria Osako

A fashion model and political science student from Prague, Sophia Maria Osako, will represent the Czech Republic in the upcoming Miss Grand International 2023.

The 19-year-old was proclaimed Miss Grand Czech Republic 2023 in a national final held last May at Forum Karlín where reigning Miss Grand International Isabella Menin and MGI President Nawat Itsaragrisil attended as special guests.

Sophia succeeded last year's winner, Mariana Bečková, who clinched an impressive fourth runner-up finish among 68 competitors at the 10th Miss Grand International pageant held in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Born to a bicultural family, the new Miss Grand Czech Republic inherited her looks from her model and designer Czech mother, and her musical singing talent from her Japanese father. Her exquisite beauty made her a successful international model working for some of the world's leading luxury brands.

Aside from her talent and undeniable physical attributes, she has a passion for helping others such as supporting an international organization called Debra whose goal is to help children with a rare disease called epidermolysis bullosa.

She also volunteers with DEPDC, a non-profit based in Thailand that helps prevent and protect children and youth from trafficking in exploitative labor conditions. With the help of pageantry, she wants to help the underprivileged have a chance in life and a bright future.

Sophia is now preparing to participate in the 11th Miss Grand International whose final will take place on October 25 in the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Photos: Miss Grand Czech Republic, Arthur Koff / Sophia Maria Osako / Instagram

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