Newly crowned Miss Thailand Prisana "Bowling" Kumpusiri has proved once again that becoming a beauty queen these days involves more than beauty.
The Thammasat University master’s-degree student had already bagged the Miss Congeniality and Miss Positive Thinking titles by the time she reached the final round on Thursday night. That’s when they asked her to “briefly define a mother”.
“Mum is the special person in the world,” Bowling replied, “but the meaning goes beyond Mae Luang [Her Majesty the Queen] and Mae Kongka [goddess of the river]. Mothers give birth to all things on earth. I want everyone to love and care for their mothers.”
That was good enough for the Miss Thailand tiara, Bt1.2 million in cash and other prizes worth Bt8 million in total.
Of course Bowling has more work to do to earn all that – she’ll spend the next year being Thailand’s tourism ambassador. It should be a snap, though, because she was formerly a host on Channels 5 and 11 and cable TV and is active on the social media. She tweeted lots of behind-the-scenes stuff from @bowling_prisana.
The Nation and the Bangkok Post are of course rivals for the country’s readers of English-language daily news, but we get along pretty well actually.
Our boss Suthichai Yoon and Post Publishing’s Suthikiati Chirathivat had another amicable get-together earlier this week, in fact, at the British ambassador’s residence.
Thepchai Yong – Suthichai’s brother, ex of The Nation and now at Thai PBS – reported on Facebook that Suthikiati was very sweet, even saying the Post often followed The Nation’s lead. “We launched a Thai business daily too and branched out into TV news and we still have our free-sheet paper.”
Well, to be fair, it’s not like we haven’t stolen some of their ideas in the past too. If the Post wants to keep up with us, though, it’ll need a university of its own and a theatrical show. Nation Multimedia is about to unveil “Reya: The Musical”.