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May Myat Noe arrived home in Burma on Thursday night following after her victory in the Miss Asia Pacific competition in South Korea last week.
Despite the late hour, the 18-year-old Burmese beauty was mobbed at Rangoon International Airport by fans, media, family members, friends, and representatives of the fashion and modeling businesses.
May Myat Noe became the first Burmese to win an international beauty pageant at this level; others have won contests by Internet voting, but none have won in a competition involving international judges.
In an interview with DVB, May Myat Noe said she will continue her education and volunteer as a social worker while at the same time pursuing her career as a model or actress.
Some excerpts of May Myat Noe’s interview with DVB from Seoul:
Q: How do you feel about winning the title?
A: Very proud and happy. I’m proud that I’ve achieved something for my country.
Q: How did you prepare for the contest?
A: I’ve had several mentors who supported me – it was also thanks to their efforts, as well as my own, that I won the title.
Q: You had to compete against contestants from 40 other countries. How confident were you about winning?
A: I am aware that I am not completely perfect, but I gave it 100 percent throughout the competition. In the end, I believe that I deserved to win.
Q: What are your plans for the future after winning the Miss Asia Pacific World Super Talent 2014 pageant?
A: I have some ideas, but I will have to wait until I get back to Burma.
Q: We learnt that you were also awarded membership by the Korean Film Actors Association?
A: Yes. I just got it now. I will take a photo of the award and post it on Facebook.
Q: Are you planning to do any charity or philanthropy work?
A: Yes. I am planning to help out with a charity education programme.
Q: Any message for your fans in Burma?
A: Yes. I thank you all for your support which empowered me with the confidence to win this contest.