So Grand: Dinosaur, dairy cow, Thaiborg vie for best provincial costume

From left, Miss Grand Saraburi, Miss Grand Nakhon Ratchasima and Miss Grand Khon Kaen. Images: Miss Grand Thailand / Facebook
From left, Miss Grand Saraburi, Miss Grand Nakhon Ratchasima and Miss Grand Khon Kaen. Images: Miss Grand Thailand / Facebook

Will it be the undead velociraptor from Khon Kaen, the Saraburi milk cow or cyborg from Korat to win people’s hearts?

Despite the pandemic, the pageant life barrels ahead with last night’s reveal of Miss Grand Thailand’s regional costumes on stage at BITEC Bang Na in Bangkok. 

A highlight of the annual competition, contestants fronted the best of the 77 provinces they hail from translated … creatively … into extravagant outfits. Highlights included Miss Grand Khon Kaen stalking the stage as a skeletal dinosaur to represent the northeastern province’s many Cretaceous-era fossils. 

It was Miss Grand Saraburi dressed as a dairy cow, an animal deemed to best represent the industry of her province found two hours by road north of Bangkok. Muay Boran, or ancient Thai boxing, was celebrated in the costume of Miss Grand Suphanburi, whose province has numerous Muay Thai gyms and training camps.

Yasothon, where homemade rockets are launched into the sky each year for the Bang Fai Festival, was presented in a colorful vintage outfit equipped with rockets and Thai flags (of course) on the back. Chachoengsao’s life blood, the Bangprakong River, sparkled in a pale blue spiral around its contestant.

Miss Grand Yasothon and Miss Grand Chachoengsao. Images: Miss Grand Thailand / Facebook
Miss Grand Yasothon and Miss Grand Chachoengsao. Images: Miss Grand Thailand / Facebook

But people seemed most wowed by Nakhon Ratchasima’s bold step toward the technological singularity. “The past’s culture blends with the future,” Miss Grand Nakhon Ratchasima declared from within a LED-glow of cybernetic limbs adorned with a swatch of silk and traditional golden headdress. 

Miss Grand Nakhon Ratchasima. Photo: Miss Grand Thailand /  Facebook
Miss Grand Nakhon Ratchasima. Photo: Miss Grand Thailand /  Facebook

Anyone can vote online for their favorite costume now through 11pm tonight. 

Like and share will award the contestant five points. If Facebook users comment with “#mgt” followed by contestant’s number, she will earn 10 points. 

Of the 77, only 20 finalists will move on to the next round. Ten will be determined by popular vote while the other half is chosen by pageant judges.

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