Miss Universe Laos Departs for US to Compete in Global Pageant

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Miss Universe Laos, Payengxa Lor, arrived at Wattay International Airport on Wednesday.

Payengxa Lor departed Wattay International Airport yesterday, bound for the United States to compete in the Miss Universe 2022 pageant.

The Lao model will be greeted by fans at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The final show and coronation for Miss Universe 2022 will take place on 14 January 2023 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Some 86 candidates from across the world will compete in the Miss Universe 2022 competition, with Harnaaz Sandhu of India to crown her successor at the conclusion of the event.

Payengxa Lor has already made history by becoming the first Hmong woman to be crowned Miss Universe Laos in October.

Miss Payengxa is pursuing a Business Management course at the Lao-American College. She is also an English teacher and co-founder of the Hmong Women Network, which works toward empowering women in the community. She aspires to open her own school in the future.

Lor is also a volunteer for disadvantaged people, a motivational speaker, and a taekwondo silver medalist, according to Miss Universe.