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Miss Myanmar aims to learn from past contestants

Khin Wai Phyo, 18, (middle) poses with other contestants in the Miss Myanmar International competition in Rangoon on 19 August 2014. (PHOTO: DVB)

Preparation is key to bringing home the crown for the Miss International 2014 pageant, said Miss Myanmar International Khin Wai Phyo.

Speaking during a press conference at Rangoon’s Kandawgyi Palace Hotel on Thursday, 18-year-old Khin Wai Phyo, the newly crowned Miss Myanmar International, said that she is studying the experiences of her two predecessors in order to bring home the coveted tiara in the Miss International 2014 pageant, which will be held in Japan in October.

“I will carefully learn from the experiences of my two seniors – their advantages and disadvantages – to prepare for what is necessary,” Khin Wai Phyo said during the press conference.

She will be the third Burmese contestant to participate in the Miss International pageant, after Gonyi Aye Kyaw in 2013 and Nan Khin Zayar in 2012.

Khin Aung Tun, secretary of Myanmar Tourism Federation – which hosted the Miss Myanmar International 2014 on Tuesday at Rangoon’s National Theatre – said that having Burmese contestants in beauty pageants would boost tourism to Burma.

“Whether it is Miss Universe, Miss World or Miss International pageants, having Burmese contestants in these international events involving many other countries around the world can draw a lot of interest to Burma, and will contribute to our tourism,” Khin Aung Tun said.

After about half a century of absence from international beauty pageants, Burma made its first appearance on the international stage with Nan Khin Zayar as Miss Myanmar International 2012. In 2013, Burmese contestant Moe Satt Wine competed in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant.

In June, 18-year-old Burmese beauty May Myat Noe became a national icon following her victory in the Miss Asia Pacific competition in South Korea. Arriving at Rangoon airport, she was mobbed by fans, media, family members, friends and representatives of the fashion and modeling businesses.