Hoping for a Stronger Comeback for Paweensuda Drouin

I was saddened with Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Drouin failed to make top 4 in Miss Earth. She was my pick for the Miss Earth title and seeing her falter during the crucial q&a portion was disheartening. Yet I kept hopes that she would still be named among the top 4.

The term ‘Millennial’ is quite an American term as I haven’t encountered it often living in Indonesia. It is a rarity that it is used in regular conversations, so I would assume the same might be the case in Thailand. Despite not knowing the term millennial, Fahsai tried her best to give a respectable answer to her hashtag question. I laud she for soldiering on despite unfamiliarity with the term. I could even see her asking host James Deakin to explain to her what the term meant. If it was my case, I would have been honest to say that I was unfamiliar with the word and would rather explain how generational differences’ attitudes impact global warming. Nevertheless Fahsai and her supporters should be proud of her efforts nonetheless.
Maybe it was her youth that was did her injustice as it seems those who are more aware about international issues and with global points-of-view are the more preferred girls in international pageants. Perhaps she would be better had she gained more life experiences, had more apetite to learn more about global issues and be a consummate reader, or if she had months and months of training prior to the international competition. I see her as an uncut diamond, the value is there but it still needs to be chiseled and polished. We can argue all we want why she failed to be Miss Earth but we may not see that she might be destined for bigger things in her future.

Now I implore the Miss Universe Thailand organization, please allow Thai girls to be able to rejoin your pageant even if it is just for the second time. I guarantee you that those that were raw and still needed polishing will be able to mature and bloom the second time around. I have faith that Fahsai would be able to return stronger and more international competition ready. Perhaps in a year or two Fahsai would be ready for the Miss Universe Thailand crown. I hope that this is not the last that we see of her…


Paweensuda Drouin: Is She going to be Miss Earth 2017?

Looks like Thailand is gonna have its first Miss Earth winner courtesy of Jennifer Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Saetan-Drouin!

The 23-year old model was appointed as Miss Thailand Earth following her 2nd Runner up finish at the Miss Universe Thailand pageant earlier. The 5’10 1/2″ Fahsai speaks both fluent Thai and English and is a Kinesology graduate from the University of Calgary in Canada. It is also noteworthy to mention that she is also a disc jockey at FM99 in Bangkok. Height, gorgeous face, articulate/ public speaking skills, you name it she has it in spades. All she needs is a little more polishing on her pasarela to achieve a more fluid presentation. Being a heavy favorite in MUT earlier also ensures her enough support online. It is said that the online clamor for her to be sent to Miss Earth was a factor for her selection. It can be noted that usually the 1st runner up to Miss Universe Thailand is sent to Miss Earth.

With Fahsai in the Miss Earth pageant, it will be very interesting to see what she can accomplish and how will she be transformed. For now, we can safely say that she is the one to beat so far… 

Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren is Miss Universe Thailand 2017!

This blogger is on a roll… After predicting the wins of Miss Universe Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas International, Mister Global, Miss Philippines Earth this year, we have predicted Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren as Miss Universe Thailand 2017!

Early on during the screening, I have placed Maria and Fahsai as top contenders for the title. Maria will be competing in November for the Miss Universe pageant which is yet to officially announce its date and venue. While Maria romped away with the title, our secondary pick Fahsai was named 2nd runner up in the pageant. Darkhorse Supaporn Ritthipreuk was named 1st runner up. Supaporn is also Miss Earth Thailand and will be competing in Manila later this year. 

The TOP 5 court of winners are as follows:
Miss Universe Thailand 2017- Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren
1st Runner up is 38 – Supaporn Ritthipreuk
2nd runner-up is 03 – Jennifer ‘Fahsai’ Paweensuda Saetan Drouin
3rd runner-up is 21 – Suraprin Artkongharn
4th runner-up is 34 – Ratchanok Naowaset

With Maria as winner, we can surely say that team Southeast Asia is to watch out for in Miss Universe 2017!

Sash Factor’s Miss Universe Thailand Final SashPicks

I was tasked to do the Miss Universe Thailand final SashPick artwork and here below is what I came up with. It features the candidates’ portraits in traditional glamoured up costumes set up on a background of gold filigree with Thai borders. I believe its good to set off the entire graphic layout to highlight the girls with a super-imposed border using the same glamshot… And the result is an homage to the rich cultural heritage of the Land of Smiles.

Sash Factor’s Final SashPick selection are:
1. Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren
2. Paweensuda Saetan Drouin
3. Baitong Jareerat Petsom
4. Thanaporn Soranun
5. Anna Nilson
6. Dala Naksook
7. Ratchanok Naowaset
8. Uchuta Praditponsaen
9. Sirirat Kalaboot
10. Pisoottha Nuntaworavech

Maria and Fahsai: My Bets for Miss Universe Thailand

Miss Universe Thailand 2017? Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren and Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Saetan Drouin… only those two girls for me.

These two girls wouldn’t be any different from each other. Despite being both Thai-halfies, Maria has a more pronounced Caucasian features while Fahsai is looking more Oriental. Both are tall and leggy, Maria is 5’11” and Fahsai is 5’10 1/2″. But the difference in their pasarela is quite remarkable. Maria glides effortlessly onstage, while Fahsai is rough around the edges. Both are articulate and well educated with good degrees. 

In overall, Maria should be the better candidate for the Miss Universe Thailand title. However, her being Caucasian looking could work against her and this may cost her the judges’ nods for the crown. MUT seems to favor the more traditional Thai-looking delegates to pageants and might not be too accepting of too foreign looking halfies. This would be an advantage for Fahsai as her more native looking features would be appreciated much more. Her only fault is her pasarela which still could be addressed through rigorous training.

I have no qualms whoever among the two girls would win the Miss Universe Thailand crown. My heart favours Maria while my gut instincts tells me it probably would be Fahsai. Good luck to both girls in the competition!

Maria & Fahsai: Still Slaying the MUT2017 Competition

The field has been narrowed to 40 and while there are a handful of stunners in this year’s Miss Universe Thailand batch, only two of them completely stood out from the rest.

Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren and Jennifer ‘Fahsai’ Paweensuda Saetan Drouin hands down were the standouts, well at least for this blogger they are. Maria showed a friendly endearing side of hers, a perfect fit as Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles. Her sunny personality showed in the photos and in the live videos from the Miss Universe Thailand Facebook page. Then we see the queenly stature of Fahsai. A complete standout with her poise and bearing. Proper posture is power says pageant coach Jonas Gaffud and Fahsai shows much of that in spades.

While I am still awaiting to see more of the girls bloom as the competition progresses (there are three more girls I am keeping an eye on), it would be safe to say that Maria and Fahsai slaying the competition thus far. I am expecting a lot from these two ladies in this year’s competition.

Jennifer ‘Fahsai’ Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin: Miss Universe Thailand Next-in-Line?

She is Jennifer Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin, or ‘Fahsai’  for short. This Bachelor of Kinesiology graduate from the University of Calgary in Canada is one of the talked about ladies in this year’s Miss Universe Thailand screenings.

Fahsai is a 23-year old model who grew partly in the province of Alberta. She stands 5’10 1/2″ tall and has amassed quite a following on social media with her bubbly and energetic personality. She speaks both fluent Thai and English. It is quite interesting to note that during the Miss Universe Thailand screenings she opted to use her Thai name, Paweensuda Saetan, instead of her English name. A smart strategy IMHO since it helps to get her closer to more fans. 
With the alleged MUTOrg’s bias towards the full-blooded Thai girls, Fahsai’s smart move could just be the ticket to get endeared to the pageant heads. It also pays that her Thai looks is much stronger than her Caucasian looks. This will make it easier for her to be more relatable.

Looks like the Miss Universe Thailand competition is getting more intense by the day. With a bumper crop of beauties, I think the MUT org has a huge headache in picking the next Miss Universe rep. I am betting Fahsai will be one of the girls who will easily cruise into the top spot…and it will be a major fight from there for the crown.