The final 20 contestants selected to take part in the last round of this year’s Miss Laos competition were announced to the public in Vientiane on Wednesday.
After holding five audition sessions in Vientiane and four other provinces; Xayaboury, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Champassak last month, the panel of judges have selected the best 20 contestants for the finale.
The 20 contestants consist of eight contestants from Vientiane; three contestants from Champassak; two contestants from Xayaboury; and one each from Oudomxay, Huaphan, Xieng Khuang, Luang Prabang, Khammuan, Savannakhet, and Attapeu provinces.
The official announcement was held at Vientiane Centre and was organised by TVLao and attended by Vice President Ms Outhonethip Souvannavong, Miss Laos 2015 Ms Soutilack Inthavong, other off icials and members of the media and the general public.
At the a nnouncement, contestants presented themselves to the public by dressing in sports suits and traditional Lao dress while the winner’s diamond crown, worth more than 30 million kip, was also presented. Finally, sashes were given to the final 20 women.
According to the organising committee there were more than 100 applicants nationwide who had joined the audition sessions held in five provinces.
As with last year, this year’s contest is being organised with the cooperation of TVLao and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union and also with the support of many businesses.
The Miss Laos contest is a project that encourages young people to preserve Lao culture and support young Lao women to showcase their beauty, character, knowledge, ability, and special talents.
It is also an important stage which the winner can then use as a ladder to represent Lao women in competitions at the regional and international levels.
The winner will also work in her role as a cultural ambassador travelling to present Lao culture to foreign countries and to work at cultural and charity events held around the country during her acting period.
The winner is obligated to work for the project for one year, responsible for duties both in Laos and other countries.
This year’s contest will host more activities than previous contests with the most significant event being a TV programme named ‘Reality’ which will follow all movements of the contestants leading up to the contest.
By comparison the crown value is also more expensive than in years past.
From now on contestants will be trained in the techniques and skills required for the contest and will also be taking part in many social activities.
The public is invited to vote for their favourite contestant on Facebook. The final round of Miss Laos 2016 will be held on September 24, at ITECC Mall.
Source: Vientiane Times