Reigning beauty queens from Myanmar and Thailand were in Manila last week for an “intensive pageant training” with a budding pageant training group called Gouldian. Miss World Guyana 2014 is also set to arrive in the country on August 25 for her training sessions with Gouldian.
Gouldian was formed by a group of season pageant correspondents. They were also the same group behind the training of May Myat Noe of Myanmar who won the Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 crown in Korea.
Your blogger was fortunate to have been invited by Gouldian to observe during the one of the girls’ training sessions last week. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet Miss Earth Thailand 2014 Sasi Sintawee and Miss Intercontinental Thailand 2014 Patraporn Wang. Here are my thoughts on the three girls I met:
I wasn’t a fan of Sharr Htut Eaindra when she won Miss Universe Myanmar 2014, but she proved me wrong the moment I met her. She’s a diamond in the rough. Her morena beauty perfectly fits the subtle fierceness that she possess. She looks better with her new straight hair style. In terms of catwalk skills, Sharr still lacks that spunk that would work well in Miss Universe stage. I was able to talk to Sharr’s mother and she is just so proud of her first-born’s achievements.
I was most excited to meet Parapadsorn Disdamrong, Miss Grand Thailand 2014. To say she is stunning is an understatement. Beautiful even with no make-up on, it’s no surprise she actually aced her national pageant. She already has a polished walk and a good figure. But her best weapon is her projection. She knows how to “make landi” while walking and that will definitely work to her advantage.
My favorite among the three is Miss Tourism Thailand 2014 Warankanang Wutthayakorn. A very sweet girl with a very winsome and genuine smile. Even though she speaks little English she still tries to engage you in a conversation. She still has a lot of work to do to polish her walk and projections. But I am pretty confident she’ll be able to perfect everything before her New Year’s Eve pageant. She’s smart and a good listener.
This training has become an issue among pageant fans, with some claiming this could endanger the country’s future in beauty pageants. They were even called “traitors”, despite the fact that they are also training Filipinos. Others question the credibility of Gouldian since they are not in any way on the same level of the renowned camps Aces & Queens and Kagandahang Flores.
I leave it to the people behind Gouldian to answer these issues, but I echo what Missosology wrote in its recent editorial: “That the Philippines is being sought after by foreign beauty queens who wish to be trained is something that the Filipinos should be proud of.”