SHE was mired in some controversy at this year’s Miss Singapore Universe. But Rachel Kum, 24, managed to skirt the heat to become the latest winner of the local beauty pageant held at Shangri-La Hotel’s Island Ballroom on Saturday night. She was recently accused by certain sources of allegedly skipping the preliminary audition rounds and compulsory activities, The New Paper on Sunday reported. Besides enviable good looks, the 1.7m manager in the medical industry also bagged two subsidiary awards – The Most Body Beautiful and Miss Personality. Rachel, who was a former New Face finalist won $5,000 in cash, a trophy and products and services from the sponsors. She will represent Singapore at Miss Universe 2009, which will be held at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas on Aug 23.
Miss Universe Thailand 2009 - Chutima Durongdej
Chutima Chantelle Durongdej (nicknamed Kai Mook (Thai: ไข่มุก) (born 6 December 1985 in Bangkok, Thailand) is Miss Thailand Universe 2009.
Durongdej primarily educated from King’s College, Taunton GCSE and Millfield School in the United Kingdom. After that she received Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition from Nottingham University in 2007. In year later, She received a master degree in Business Management from University of London(City University).
During her studies in the United Kingdom, Chutima participated in Miss London and Miss Wimbledonpageants, where she received the 2nd runner-up and 1st runner-up respectively. She was also chosen into the top 20 of Britain’s Next Top Model, in 2006.
Standing 179 centimeters tall and measuring 90-62-92 (cm), the 21-year-old model Vo Hoang Yen with a milky complexion and Western features will have two months to get fine-tuned before showing up at Paradise Island on August 1.
Hoang Yen said she has been preparing for the pageant since the day she received an invitation to attend Miss Universe 2009 from Hoan Vu Joint Stock Company, the unit directly in charge of selecting the Vietnamese contestants
Yen added she is now taking courses on English to improve international communication skills, knowledge of culture and tourism as well as doing a training program at John Robert Powers modeling agency.