Miss Thailand Universe Gavintra Photijak (also spelled Gawintra Phothijakra) won the National Costume award at the Miss Universe Pageant in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The pageant was broadcast on Monday morning local time for Sunday-night television viewers in the West.
Gavintra wore a dramatic caped Muay Thai-inspired costume, which was designed by Khon Kaen University student Sathapat Mulma. The costume was chosen by voters on www.NBC.com who thought her national costume "best reflected her country's culture, originality in preparation and the delegate's personal demeanor". She received a $1,000 cash prize and a trophy from Rogaska Crystal, according to a press release.
As for the other Asian contestants, Miss Vietnam Lam Thuy Nguyen ranked 11th and Miss Japan Hiroko Mima was 13th.
Miss Universe crown went to Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza.
First runner-up is Miss Colombia Taliana Vargas, second runner-up is Miss Dominican Republic Marianne Cruz Gonzalez. Miss Mexico Elisa Najera and Miss Russia Vera Krasova rounded out the top five. Miss El Salvador Rebeca Moreno was named Miss Congeniality.
(Via New Mandela, The Nation)