The second time was the charm for Kanwara “Esmon” Kaewjeen, who won the Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2018 pageant on Friday night, a year after being eliminated without making the final round.
The 21-year-old starred in a Coconuts TV’s documentary that covered last year’s competition and captured the audience with her backstory.
“I’m still shook! I just won the title a few days ago. I remember just sitting there [in the backstage] and cried because I was so happy! It felt so good that all of my hard work paid off,” she told Coconuts today in a phone interview.
Esmon, a mass communication student at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, comes from the resort city of Prachuap Khiri Khan, where her parents sell fried chicken at a local market and she still sometimes lends a hand.
Although she didn’t win the competition last year and lost to social media star Rinrada “Yoshi” Thurapani, Esmon came home a local celebrity for her performance.
She was emotional when she spoke of her parents: “My parents were quite sad last year that I didn’t win.”
“This year, they didn’t come to see me compete in Pattaya, but they were watching me on TV at home with the rest of the family. They sent me a video — when I got the crown, they were all screaming in excitement! It’s like — I really did it!”
For now, Esmon will focus on moving to international competition — she will represent Thailand in Miss International Queen, a trans pageant also held in Pattaya.
“My life has changed,” she said.
In the Coconuts TV documentary, Esmon allowed our crew and guest host Pan Pan Narkprasert, aka Pangina Heals of Thailand’s Drag Race, to follow her not only backstage, but post-competition back to her hometown, where we visited with her family.
You can watch the segment “Sexy Time” below while the other episodes can be streamed on iflix.
Swag! Get your Coconuts Logo Tee for 25% off until the the end of May.