Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"Meet . . . Miss Universe Thailand's Only Thai-Burmese Contestant"

While contestants in Miss Universe Thailand are often look kreung or half-Thai – usually half-American or half-European – they are almost never from neighboring Myanmar.


[She] snagged the “Golden Tiara” judges’ choice – while making judges cry and gaining viral fame – when she showed up at the audition in early June with a story of having traveled from rural Tak without any managers, sponsors, or even pageant clothes.


[She] did retract some comments made during the audition about feeling sorry for the Rohingya in Myanmar.

“I really want to apologize for what I said. I didn’t really understand the problem deeply. I said what I said because I really felt sorry for them. But I just want everyone to get along peacefully,” she said, visibly stressed.

Mimi faced backlash from Burmese social media for her original comments.