Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp has returned home from Las Vegas after finishing in the final five in the global competition and she’s vowing to become active in a social movement.
Fans cheered Maria on her arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Sunday night.
The beauty queen’s success in the Miss Universe pageant was somewhat tainted by controversy over her answer to a “skill-testing question” posed during the telecast. Her confusing response was widely blamed for her failure to win the crown.
Maria was asked: “What do you think has been the most important social movement of your generation, and why?”
Her reply: “I think the most important social movement so far is our ageing population, though the most important movement of our time is our youth. Our youth are our future. We must invest in our young people because they are the ones that will look after the Earth and the elderly.”
Back in Thailand, Maria admitted the question had taken her by surprise.
“Our country still lacks adequate social movements,” she said, but now she wants to try and change that. “I intend to do more to bring public attention to social movements.”
For now, Maria plans to encourage young people to avoid premature pregnancy.
On Tuesday, Maria is to meet Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.