25-year-old Thai-Swedish model Mareeya Poonlertlarp Ehren was crowned Miss Thailand Universe 2017 at the Siam Paragon Hall on Saturday, July 30.
As the reigning queen, she also won Bt 1 million in cash and a brand new car. She will be representing Thailand in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant on November to be held in Las Vegas, US.
The multi-lingual beauty queen (yep, she fluently speaks Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin, according to a report by The Nation) is currently getting her PhD in marketing from the Stockholm Business School. She’s also been modeling for 10 years.
“I want to do good for the society at large and the status of Miss Thailand Universe allows me to follow my passion efficiently. This beauty stage is powerful to speak and to do something for the society. The rights of women in Thailand, their education and premature pregnancy of teenagers are three key issues I want to draw people’s attention to,” Mareeya told The Nation.
Along with Mareeya, Supaporn Litiphruek won first runner-up, while Suraphuen Artkongharn, Ratchanok Nawaset and Paweensuda Du-ue were named second runners-up.