Thai Twitter was spellbound when Anntonia Porsild, Thailand’s representative, walked onstage today for the “National Costume” competition in the Miss Universe pageant.
Porsild, who was crowned Miss Universe Thailand in August and went on to represent Thailand in the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador this week, showcased her remarkable “Goddess of Ayutthaya” costume, which not only boasts intricate design but also holds historical significance.
The 27-year-old’s costume is inspired by the sculpture “Earth Goddess” from the Ayutthaya period of the Siamese Kingdom, spanning the 14th to 18th centuries.
In Thai Buddhist history, the “Earth Goddess ” also known as “Phra Mae Thorani,” is often depicted as a beautiful deity with long hair, and sacred water is shown collected in her hair.
The flowing water is believed to nurture humanity and symbolizes the stability of the world. The term “Thorani” refers to the earth, signifying the belief that she resides in the soil, bestowing fertility upon the Earth.
She symbolizes the importance of natural resources to humanity, representing the protection of the land and prosperity that Thai people have revered and worshiped throughout history.
Thai Twitter praised Anntonia’s costume, with many noting that her moves were “magical” and kept viewers “under a spell”.
Eighty-four countries are participating at this year’s Miss Universe beauty pageant. The elimination round of the pageant will take place on the early morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7am Thai time, so tune in and cheer for Anntonia when she competes in swimwear, evening gown competitions, as well as partake in interview questions before the decisive crowning moment.
Check out the official photoshoot courtesy of Miss Universe Thailand.