Miss Shanghai Xuejiao Chen wins Miss Grand China 2017!
Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 crowned the winner in Guangzhou, China!
Miss Shanghai Xuejiao Chen wins Miss Grand China 2017! Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 crowned the winner in Guangzhou, China! Xuejiao Chen will represent China at Miss Grand International 2017 in Vietnam in October next year. The newly crowned Miss Grand China 2017 stands 5'11" or 180 cm. She is 26 years of age and works as a yoga instructor.
The host Beauty Miss Guangdong,Dana Liao was announced as1st Runner-up, she is 18 years old and stands 176 cm. Miss Guangxi Yuanxin Huang and Miss Heilongjiang Wen Dou won 2nd and 3rd Runners-up respectively.
The winner was crowned by the reigning Miss Grand International 2016 Ariska Putri Pertiwi and Miss Grand China 2016 Siru He. In the event held at the Royal Tulip Carat Guangzhou, China, the Top 10 semi-finalists were: Heilongjiang, Hainan, Henan, Guangxi, Hubei, Fujian, Neimenggu, Shandong, Guangdong, and Shanghai. The selection of the special awards had been done two nights before on the Pearl River where the evening gown parade was held which went to Miss Mongolia, Xuejiao Wo (Miss Inner) and Miss Beijing, Zhenrui Xu (Miss Elegance). The pre-pageant activities were highly appreciated by the candidates who got a chance to truly experience Guangzhou, China and its rich tourism and culture. The Top 7 had the representatives of Heilongjiang, Shandong, Shanghai, Guangxi, Hainan Hubei, and Guangdong.
Then the Top 4 finalists were excitingly announced and they had a chance to give the speech before the final election of the winner. The top 4 finalists included Guangdong, Heilongjiang, Shanghai and Guangxi. Finally, the most exciting moment began when the host announced the runners-up and the winner, 3rd Runner-up went to Heilongjiang Miss Wen Dou, Miss Yuanxin Huang from Guangxi won 2nd Runner-up, Miss Dana Liao from the host city Guangdong was announced as 1st Runner-up and Miss Grand China 2017 was Miss Xuejiao Chen from Shanghai. Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 together with Siru He, Miss Grand China 2016 crowned the winner and her successor on the stage. At the end of the pageant, there was a photo session between the winner, runners-up and the President of Miss Grand International Org., Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil and the President of Miss China Org. and National Director of Miss Grand China, Mr. Adam Lee. Congratulations to the winner! We wish her a great year of reign and the best of luck for the upcoming Miss Grand International 2017 in Vietnam!
Miss Indonesia crowned "Miss Grand International 2016"
Fai, Supaporn Malisorn delighted Thai people by winning the 2nd Runner-up!!
Such a big boom over Las Vegas! Miss Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand Indonesia was crowned Miss Grand International 2016 with her outstanding beauty in every round of the competition until she could pass into the top 5 finalists to give a speech under the campaign STOP THE WAR & VIOLENCE and could answer the question of the panel of judges impressively and wittily. As the result, she could undoubtedly win the pageant title and becomes the first Miss Indonesia ever who wins the title in the international beauty pageants. DIRECTV channel 2076 broadcasted live from The US. The fans around the world including Thai fans could watch live via Facebook Live: Missgrandinternational on October 26, 2016 at 9:30 am throughout 2 hours of the show.
For overall atmosphere of Miss Grand International 2016 Final Show at Westgate International Theatre, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in central city of colorful and joyous Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, which was the first year that Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil, President and Founder of Miss Grand International Organization with his team from Thailand along with the great cooperation of the team from USA created the phenomenon of Thai brand’s beauty pageant to amaze the international fans after remaining in creating the quality pageant and this has made Miss Grand International become No. 3 best beauty pageant of the world in just two years.
It is not surprising, at the final night, that the crowd of MGI’s fans from around the world would flock to support the representatives from their own countries at Westgate International Theatre. The show was started with the fabulous opening show led by Claire Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015 among the contestants from 75 countries worldwide rocking the stage with their overfull dancing and introducing themselves in the presence of the panel of judges and pageant fans.
The famous actor, Mr. Brian J. White, serving as the MC for the show that night, announced the winner for the first special title “Best National Costume Award” which went to Miss Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand Indonesia, then announced the top 20 semi-finalists that included Jamaica, Bahamas, Thailand, Ukraine, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Venezuela, United States of America, Malaysia, Cuba, Peru, Australia, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Tahiti, Wales, Philippines, and Macau before their appearance on the stage again in colorful MGI swimsuits.
Then, the MC announced the winners for another 3 special titles including “Best in Swimsuit Award” which was Miss Selvinique Wright, Miss Grand Bahamas, “Miss Social Media Award” which went to Dianne O. Brown, Miss Grand Jamaica and “Best in Evening Gown” which went to Cherelle Rose Patterson, Miss Grand England. After that, the MC announced the top 10 finalists which included Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Ukraine, United States of America, Macau, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and Korea who won the title for “Miss Popular Vote Award” which was automatically qualified into top 10 finalists. Then, the top 10 finalists delivered their very touching speeches on the campaign “Stop the War and Violence” among the loud cheering of the pageant fans.
Afterwards, the audiences gave a big round of resounding applause to welcome Miss Claire Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015 for her final walk expressing her love, impression, and responsibilities during her duties with Miss Grand International Organization throughout the passing year. A few moments later, the crown of Miss Grand International 2015 was returned to the President of Miss Grand International Org., Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil to crown the new Miss Grand International that night.
Subsequently, the top 10 finalists appeared again on the stage in their glamorous evening gowns before the most exciting announcement for the top 5 finalists which included Puerto Rico, United States of America, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. The top 5 finalists had to answer the only one question from the judging panel which was the following:
“If you had to choose one of these two people to help you stop the war and violence, who would you choose between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton?”
This question undoubtedly called for a massive buzz over the hall because it currently involves intensive political situation of the United States. For the answers, Miss Grand United States of America and Miss Grand Philippines chose Donald J. Trump while Miss Grand Thailand, Miss Grand Puerto Rico and Miss Grand Indonesia chose Hillary Clinton because they believed that the power of women might help stop the war and violence much better than men if everyone offered helping hands and moved forward together.
When the question session ended, the most exciting moment began again among the thrill of everyone in the hall. The MC announced the 4th runner-up which went to Miss Grand United States of America, the 3rd runner-up went to Miss Grand Puerto Rico followed by the 2nd runner-up, Miss Grand Thailand.
Now, only 2 names of the finalists left to be announced that were Miss Grand Philippines and Miss Grand Indonesia holding each other’s hands full of thrill and excitement. The MC announced the winner for Miss Grand International 2016 which is the fourth Miss Grand International of the world which went to Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand Indonesia who was crowned the golden crown decorated with 21 carat diamond and the 1st runner-up was Miss Nicole Cordoves, Miss Grand Philippines. The new Miss Grand International, Ariska revealed, "This is such a wonderful night for me! It is the happiest moment of my life to be crowned Miss Grand International 2016. This is the first time ever for Indonesia to win the title in the international beauty pageants, I am the first (tearing). Thank you all pageant fans for your great support. After this, I’m ready to move forward on MGI’s mission and advocacy, “STOP THE WAR & VIOLENCE” along with Miss Grand International Organization everywhere and see you in Thailand!”
Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil, Miss Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016, and Fai, Supaporn Malisorn, Miss Grand Thailand 2016, will arrive Thailand on October 29, 2016 at 11:35 am via Eva Air, flight No. BR67. The press and all fans are cordially invited to welcome the new Miss Grand International together by 12.30 pm, at the arrival hall (Gate 3) Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Press Release for MGI 2016’s
Welcome Ceremony & Press Conference
Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil announces to hold the MGI 2016 Press Conference at Las Vegas City Hall, USA to unveil the golden crown with 21 Carat Diamond and welcome the contestants from 80 countries worldwide who will compete at the Final Coronation Night this upcoming October 25.
Get hundred percent ready for Miss Grand International 2016 that will be held in the city of joy and fun, Las Vegas, USA in the night of October 25, 2016 at the Westgate International Theatre. It’s the first time of the international pageant owned by Thai people that has the opportunity to organize in the United States with the cooperation between working team from Thailand and from the United States. With the budget over 60 million baht, the pageant will be live to MGI fans all over the world to push forward for the winner.
Almost all of 80 contestants from countries around the world have already arrived in Las Vegas, USA including Supaporn Malisorn, Miss Grand Thailand 2016. The ladies were welcomed warmly by Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil, president and founder of Miss Grand International Org. by arranging limousine for picking up the contestants at the airport, staying at the five star hotel “Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino” that really excite our contestants.
Today (October 10, 2016 at 1.00 pm) Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil holds the official Press Conference for Miss Grand International 2016 at Las Vegas City Hall. It is such an honor to have Mr.Orlando Sanchez,Duputy City Manager Of Las Vegas, and Ms. Cami Christensen, Vice President Of Hotel Operations Of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino welcome the Miss Grand International team with warmth and friendliness. Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil also reveals the fabulous and luxurious new collection of "Miss Grand International Crown” decorated with 21 Carat Diamond designed and created by Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil himself and presented by Clare Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015.
As Mr. Itsaragrisil said, Golden Crown is the concept of the new crown for Miss Grand International. The focus is gold because we are Thais and Thailand is a land of prosperity. The structure is not made of 100% gold because it can easily collapse so the inside of the crown is made of brass and the exterior is adorned with 18K gold with 3 carats of 100 percent diamond on each single bouquet as comprising 7 bouquets totally, therefore, it includes 21-carat diamond. Furthermore, this crown is decorated with emerald on all seven sides and the largest piece of emerald is in green tone, as the matter of fact, we could not find such that big diamond. Our golden crown comes along with the Lady Torch logo in the middle which is a symbol of the Miss Grand International. We will use this crown during three consecutive years since 2016-2018.
This year's pageant theme is focused on the city of joy and fun and the show is exactly full of light and sound, but we still focus on the part of ‘STOP THE WAR’ which is our major concept. For daily events, the contestants will take sightseeing around Las Vegas, such as visiting Grand Canyon West Rim, Skywalk Glass, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Old Town, Fremont Street and High Roller Wheel and any landmarks of Las Vegas.
According to the stage, as we hold the pageant abroad this year, we have to run the show in a theater that we cannot change any formats of the hall and the stage itself. Instead, we will focus on the show that is full of sound and light with a fun theme. Besides, the members of panel of judges are all foreigners. We believe that enormous amount of our pageant fans around the world will be interested to watch our show and support the representatives of their own countries. As can be seen from the views of our Facebook Live that are getting higher every day as well as the Thai fans who follow the activities of Miss Grand Thailand, Supaporn Malisorn.
We are also honored to have the famous actor, Mr. Brian J. White serve as the host throughout the pageant in the night of October 25 at 07.30 pm (US PDT Time) which is on October 26 at 09.30 am in Thailand. The audiences in Thailand can also watch the recording at the same night at about midnight as the two-hour full show via BBTV channel 7. For watching live in the United States, you can watch via DIRECTV channel 2076, we also have a live stream globally via Facebook Live at Missgrandinternational.
Claire Elizabeth Parker’s One Day Adventure around Bangkok
and Samutprakarn, Thailand
Claire Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015 and some of MGI staff started the trip in an early Saturday morning at Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market, Samutprakarn Province, Thailand. This market should probably be called a 'riverside market' as like many others. It only has a few boats parked along the banks, with most of the stalls on solid ground. Nowadays, this popular type of market is flourishing all over Thailand and every village near a river has its own version.
Bang Nam Phueng is only few kilometres east side of Bangkok but it is not easy to find or to reach without your own transportation. Because of this, it has remained relatively low-key and the proximity to Bangkok makes it a great way to step away from the hectic town and step right into village life.
Our beautiful and lively Claire and team strolled along the market for around two hours, it was despite being well promoted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the market is surprisingly authentic with a large majority of Thai visitors. For everyone, it is a chance to discover and sample a lot of local foods, sweets and unusual fruits. Along the way, she bought lovely cactus with pink flower on its top which is so rare to find!
Claire Elizabeth Parker has found the people here very friendly, especially if you are daring enough to sample any of the interesting looking dishes on display. For travelers, it's always fun to try to imagine what this object or that lotion can be used for and Bang Nam Phueng market is definitely full of surprises!
The second place to visit on our trip was Sampeng Lane Market which is one of the biggest wholesale market hubs, located in small alleys, where you can find garments and accessories at the cheapest prices. The market is located nearby Chinatown and 'Pahurat' Indian market. Sampeng is the oldest market in town, filled with the old charm of the community.
Claire Elizabeth Parker was obviously excited to be here because this was another unseen sight of Bangkok for her! Sampeng Lane Market pretty much sums up the whole shopping experience of Chinatown – and, to some extent, the surrounding Old City area; it’s hot, busy, and the narrow lanes often become overly congested with vendors selling everything from fabrics, cheap clothes and electronics. As well as the steady flow of pedestrian traffic, pushcarts, worn-out vespers and the occasional truck overflowing with fresh produce all add to the madness.
But this definitively hectic nature of Sampeng is all part of the fun for Claire! Plus, she has found this really one of the cheapest places to come shopping in Bangkok, with impressive discounts available when you buy in bulk (10 or more items at a time gets you into wholesale territory). The most popular items to look out for are silk sarongs, jewellery, copied DVDs, women’s shoes, home décor and appliances, kids’ toys, cosmetics, handicrafts, dried food and all your usual tourist souvenirs and Claire bought some cute key ring at a cheap price! She really loved the way to make a bargain here.
While street food, nightlife and temples will always entice tourists to the Old City and Chinatown, when it comes to shopping, Sampeng Market is difficult to beat both in terms of price and fun… just as long as you’re not in a rush nor mind working up a bit of a sweat.
Now, we moved forward to our third destination; Cat Up Café. We could say this is the most favorite place for our beautiful Claire Elizabeth Parker. We hope you know why it is! She is one of the big names of cat slave! And this place seems to be her another heaven on earth.
Cat Up Café slogan is combined with Cat Cake Coffee Conversation, now opens at The Up Rama 3, Bangkok, Thailand. It’s such the best place for cat lovers to rejoice. Your feline fantasy is coming true, in the form of a cat cafe. The customers can hang out with friendly cats while eating, drinking and dangling feathery toys from fishing lines. For a little extra, you can order something to eat or drink.
Claire Elizabeth Parker, one of cat slaves, just loves this Cat Up Café because of its cute and sweet cats and of course because of tasty drinks and snacks. She spent around 2 hours happy time here groping and hugging the lovely cats while enjoying some yummy snacks and drinks! Such a good day with loyal friends!
It was around 6 p.m. when we reached our final destination of the day; “Asiatique the Riverfront”, which has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. This once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex.
Spending an evening here was no problem: Claire Elizabeth Parker and our team had good fun browsing the boutiques, or picking up gifts. Claire could find something she would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso lady boy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. Because of time limitation, we had to cancel those fantastic shows. What a pity!
Wide streets run between each warehouse and Asiatique provides retro props for photo opportunities: a reproduction tram car, anchors and a push cart. Once our beautiful Claire entered the hangars, she appreciated the design even more. Claire was really overjoyed strolling and wandering along the small boutiques (over 1,000 in four warehouses) selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, and clothing. The little storefronts were attractive, the displays were interesting and there was a wide range on offer too, from fashionable Thai brands to affordable stores selling merchandise.
Claire Elizabeth Parker was amazingly surprised to see that Asiatique also had branches of KFC, Pizza Company, Au Bon Pain and MK. Restaurant which should not have been found at such retro and classical market like Asiatique. All in all, Claire found that this night bazaar is busy but isn’t overrun by tourists; crowds of locals enjoy coming here too. Asiatique is definitely worth making a visit and dedicating an evening to.
It’s about time to say good bye after spending around 2 hours at this night bazaar, Claire said to us she would never forget all great memories taking such wonderful trip around Bangkok and Samutprakarn on that day. It was really meant to her and she would keep in mind that Thailand is really her once in a lifetime experience. Our last impression with her was when we dropped her off at her residence, she took the Wai (the typical Thai greeting and farewell) by pressing her palms together and bowing her head slightly and spoke Thai with her cute western accent to us “Sawasdee Ka and Khob Khun Ka.” How lovely!
Deep Impression: A Moment of Happiness in Nepal
Claire Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015 visited a camp for Nepal earthquake victims. She was very warmly welcomed by the people there although they've lived in poverty and hardship. The welcome was gracefully begun by wearing the white fabric around a visitor's neck as the Nepalese tradition.
Then, the children, as little tourist guides, led Claire to take a tour to inspect everyday living within their camp. Everyone lived in the allocated area and each family (about 30 homes) lived in a thatched hut with a tin roof on this small camp. Most of them were elderly people and small children, the young people were working outside the homes.
After the camp inspection, the children took Claire to the courtyard area to see their shows. Several kinds of show were arranged to welcome her because many people rarely visited here. When they arrived at the courtyard area, Claire donated several needed items to children including sports equipment, stationery, and toys, the atmosphere was really warm and friendly.
Eventually, the children performed the shows they prepared which most of them were local dances and they invited Claire to join their dancing. Claire accepted their invitation and the children taught her to dance traditionally. While Claire was innocently dancing wrong, it created lots of fun for the elderly.
When they finished dancing, the girls who wanted to be a beauty queen like Claire asked Claire to teach them how to walk like a beauty queen. Claire and those girls took their turns to teach each other, it was such the perfect combination. And the last activity came, playing “cricket,” which is considered the most popular sport of the people of Nepal. Claire had tons of fun playing cricket with the kids. The time had passed quite long, then, it was time to say goodbye. The children asked if Claire would have any chance to visit them again, Claire replied them that she would definitely come back for more if she had a chance. The children were glad to hear that and they pounced themselves on Claire and embraced her with love. Despite spending short time together, it has been deep impression because the time they spent together was absolutely a moment of happiness.
Nice attack: At least 80 dead as truck rams into Bastille Day crowd
in terrorist assault in French Riviera city
At least 80 people are dead after a truck ploughed into a crowd of late-night revellers celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, in a terrorist attack described as the "worst catastrophe" in the French Riviera's modern history. French president Francois Hollande said France had been hit by a terrorist attack on its national day, "the 14th of July, the symbol of freedom."
The driver was shot dead by police after the truck barrelled down the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, sending hundreds of terrified people fleeing and leaving bodies strewn in its wake.
French president Francois Hollande said France had been hit by a terrorist attack on its national day, "The 14th of July, the symbol of freedom."
"Nice is now hit. It's all of France which is under the threat of Islamic terrorism," he said.
"In these circumstances, we must show absolute vigilance."
Several children are among the 80 victims, while another 18 people are injured. It was unclear if the driver had accomplices, Mr. Hollande said.
"I have decided that the state of emergency, which was to end on the 26th on July, will be extended by three months," he said, referring to a measure introduced after last year's series of coordinated attacks in Paris.
"Nothing will make us give up in our will to fight terrorism."
The president of the Nice region, Christian Estrosi, said the truck was loaded with weapons and grenades. "This is the worst catastrophe our region has seen in modern history," he said.
Soldiers, police and ambulance crews attended the scene, while residents of the Mediterranean city, close to the Italian border, were advised to stay indoors.
"Investigations are currently under way to establish if the individual acted alone or if he had accomplices who might have fled," interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said, denying reports a hostage-taking incident had taken place.
ABC producer David Coady was among the crowds fleeing the scene in panic, and said he could hear screaming and loud bangs.
"People were tripping over in the commotion, there was a lot of panic," he told ABC News 24.
"People were trying to get into hotels, any businesses that were open, trying to take shelter, because it was unclear what was happening.
"With each bang that we heard behind us, people perhaps started to go a bit faster, people were tripping over, it was a very chaotic scene."
These are the messages from our reigning beauty queen, Claire Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015 regarding the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador while she has currently been working in Japan.
"I would like to thank everyone for their concern about my well-being following the recent earthquake in Japan. You do not need to fear for me, the earthquake happened in Kumamoto in Southern Japan, very far from where I am currently residing in Tokyo, so I was not affected.
Unfortunately, however, for the people of Kumamoto, they have been devastated by this natural disaster. Lives have been lost, people injured, their homes collapsed, their belongings destroyed. Japan has felt like a second home to me during my frequent visits in recent years and I hold it and its people are very dearly in my heart, I feel their pain as if it was my own.
We must also keep in mind the thousands of people devastated by the earthquakes across Ecuador. It is going to take years and billions of dollars to rebuild their towns and lives, but no money in the world can bring back the hundreds of lives lost.
To all those affected, find strength and comfort in the fact that my heart, and the hearts of the world are with you in this time of loss and devastation. I hope you will all keep Kumamoto and Ecuador in your thoughts and prayers and if you can, please donate to the Red Cross or other groups who have worked so hard to recover survivors, provide shelter to those left homeless and bring relief to these areas.
All my love and hope, always,
Ethiopia: Hundreds killed, children kidnapped in raids from South Sudan
According to Ethiopia's government, more than 200 people have been killed and 100 children have been kidnapped in cross-border raids from South Sudan in March and April.
The most significant attack took place Friday when 182 civilians were killed in 13 kebeles, or neighborhoods. In addition, 2,000 cattle have been stolen, according to the government's communications department.
A government statement blames armed militants of South Sudan's Murle tribe for having "infiltrated" across the border between the two countries. Those targeted in the raids were from the Nuer ethnic group, which straddles the border.
It is believed the children were kidnapped to act as workers. Cross-border raids are fairly common in this region, where people battle for livestock, land and resources such as water and grazing rights.
Ethiopian forces are reported to have killed 60 of the attackers, the government said, but the total number of attackers is not known.
Thank you for the information from CNN.COM
Clear, Simple and Beautiful Ambition Leads to Achievement, Claire Elizabeth Parker.
While we reach our destiny, the journey has only just begun, it has been said by a wise man. Not to let life floating by for fascinating yourself standing on the top of the mountain. It is due to the fact that time keeps on turning. lf you're living your life carelessly, tomorrow may be contrary and you might be the last to achieve. The life of our Miss Grand International 2015, Claire Elizabeth Parker has just clearly been a good role model for proving those facts. Amidst of her cheerfulness on the day full of people's proud smiles and support, she has been delighted and pleased to accept and admire that glory , but she has realized that life will be a very long journey encountering many things awaiting. She has never gotten lost in leading her life as a beauty queen, in contrast, she is always energetic and prepared herself to perform the tasks assigned by MGIO simply but beautifully. Let's be clear about the secret sides of our Miss Grand International 2015 through this very exclusive interview after her coronation in Bangkok, Thailand to prove that how simple and beautiful life she has and you will no longer wonder why she truly deserves the MGI crown.
Q: Hi! Claire.
Claire: Hello again.
Q: Long time no see, how have you been?
Claire: Yes! I’ve been good, I've been good, keeping busy!
Q: Ok, since your coronation, what have you been doing?
Claire: Oh my god, it’s literally been non-stop, so at 5 o'clock in the morning the day after the coronation I flew to Vietnam, I was there for the weekend, flew back Sunday night, then Monday I… what did I do on Monday?... I can't remember… I did something... Oh the press tour! That’s right yes! Ok, so Monday I had my press tour and I appeared at just over 8 TV channels, I had interviews with newspapers and all of that so we squished all of the press into one day. Then, on Tuesday I went to Ubon Ratchathani for the Miss Grand Thailand 2016 press conference there, I flew there and back in one day. And then yesterday, I had a photo shoot for Finale Wedding Magazine and then today I had my official photo shoot with my crown so it’s been super busy.
Q: Oh! Now you’ve become a celebrity of the world!
Claire: I know! It’s so strange!
Q: All right, we’ve heard that before your coronation ceremony you had been working in Japan as a model? Is it true?
Claire: Yeah, so before I found out that I was miss Grand International, actually, I was living in Tokyo, I was there for about 4 weeks working on a modelling contract, and then I kinda got the call that this was all happening. So I came here for 10 days, but tomorrow I’ll fly back to Japan to finish my modelling contract.
Q: So as a model, have you done any shows or photo shoots or commercials so far in Japan?
Claire: Yeah! I mean this is actually my fourth contract in Japan so I've spent a lot of time there, done a lot of TV commercials, shoots for magazines, I did a shoot for Lexus, you know the cars? Godiva Chocolate, heaps and heaps of stuff so I mean that’s why I'm always going back to Japan, I always have a lot of work there I'm always very busy so it’s good.
Q: Glad to hear you’ve got a lot of work there, before that, I would just like to know, who introduced you to the modelling agency or that kind of business?
Claire: Actually I had such a strange entrance into the modelling career because I never dreamed of being a model when I was young and I never modelled at all when I was a teenager or anything like that and then when I was 18 and had just finished high school, I decided to enter my first beauty pageant. And I’d never done modelling or anything prior to that and kind of just, I don't know, went in it for fun and I just thought it would be cool and you know, I always looked up to Jennifer Hawkins after she won Miss Universe. So I did this beauty pageant, and then I won! And it was really so surprising and one of the prizes was agency representation during the year of reign, and then yeah everything kind of just happened from there, I got into modelling, got signed with an agency, started travelling, and yeah, here I am!
Q: Yeah, that sounds amazing! Let’s talk about it though, you said that you competed in the beauty contest right? Was this a teenager beauty contest? What was the title?
Claire: It was Miss Teen Australia.
Q: Oh my god, in which year?
Q: So you were Miss Teen Australia 2009!
Claire: Yes! That’s what I mean! My first ever beauty contest was this national competition and I didn't really expect anything and then I won and my family were all there and you know, I'd never done a beauty contest before or anything and they kinda came up on the stage to congratulate me and they were like "What just happened?!" Yeah it was pretty random, but it was cool, I learnt a lot and obviously it was the first step on my career towards being where I am now so yeah.
Q: Ok. You're talking about your family, isn’t it such a warm family? Can you just tell us something about your family?
Claire: Yeah yeah, I'm really really close with my family, in Australia I still live at home with my parents and my sister, and my grandmother actually lives next door to us, so my family, we are super close and even all my aunties and uncles and cousins and everything, I actually, for an Australian, have a really big extended family and I spend a lot of time with them, they're my biggest fans and my mum, my dad and my sister actually came to Thailand for the coronation last week so yeah, they're really supportive. Actually my grandma wanted to come too, but she was on holidays so she couldn't.
Q: So you seem to have a very great time with your family. Please tell us something about your childhood memories?
Claire: I had a really good childhood, my parents were always really generous and always wanted to provide my sister and I with every opportunity that we could possibly have so anything we wanted to try, any sport, learning an instrument, they were always really accommodating to try and help us to experience as many things as we could. My little sister, she’s two and a half years younger than me, she’s my best friend in the whole world so I think it was really good for us growing up that we were best friends, we would always play games, we would always run around in the yard pretending to be horses or dogs, dig in the dirt, climb trees, I don't know we would just always make up our own imaginary games and entertain ourselves and I think there’re a lot of kids now they're growing up on their iPads and playing x-box but my sister and I were always outside, if it started raining we would go outside and run around in the rain, it was nice it was a good upbringing.
Q: So are there two sisters?
Claire: Just one, my sister and me!
Q: And you are the older sister?
Q: And I’ve also heard that you are fond of cats? Are cats your favorite pets?
Claire: Yeah! Actually tigers are my favorite animal but cats are probably my favorite domestic pet.
Q: So how many cats are there at home?
Claire: Ah, I have 2 cats! But I volunteer at a rescue shelter as well so I spend as much time as I can on the weekends volunteering, where they rescue all these kittens and cats and look after them and find them a new home so I love hanging out with cats! I wish I had more but my parents won’t let me adopt any more yet.
Q: Ok Claire, please tell us something about your education, which university did you attend?
Claire: Initially straight out of high school, I attended the University of Technology Sydney, I was studying a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles. So I did that for 2 years and then I deferred for a year because I went travelling and stuff, and decided actually to change my mind so then I went on to study a Certificate of Screen and Stage Acting at the Actors College of Theatre and Television.
Q: So fashion design and acting were your majors?
Q: Why did you decide to study the subject in which you graduated? I mean fashion design and acting?
Claire: I mean for me, as far as acting, I’ve always loved performing, I've always loved being on stage, always loved being centre of attention and you know, I have a very vivacious personality and so for me, it’s always been my dream to be an actress, so that was kind of why I did that. As far as fashion design, again, my grandmother was a designer when she was younger, and from a very young age, yes, my grandma, she was a designer in Sydney. She designed bridal gowns, couture bridal gowns and just the most beautiful garments and actually I think from the age of 5 she taught me how to sew and I think it’s a nice thing we do together, we designed and made clothes together, and so as far as when I was thinking about what I wanted to study after high school, I got very high marks and I could have probably gone and done law or something like that but I wanted to study something that I really loved. Because I know for me, if I do something that I don't really love I'm not going to commit to it, so I figured fashion design! So I did that for a while but then the call to the stage pulled me away!
Q: Good to hear that! So right now you are already a beauty queen, and you are a model, and you are still an actress? What did you want to be when you were younger? In these three professions which one do you think is your best ambition?
Claire: I would say acting. Because I feel being a beauty queen and being a model was kind of something that just happened, whereas being an actress has been my dream my whole life, its been my passion my whole life.
Q: Ok, as named in top 10 in global beauties sexiest women 2015, and the sexiest woman of Oceania, as well as being crowned as Miss Grand International 2015, so, which part of your body or which part of yourself do you think is the sexiest?
Claire: Oh gosh, I think my eyes, I have very expressive eyes. Someone told me my eyes look like a cat actually, I don't know cats are cute I suppose.
Q: Maybe both your personality and your cuteness?
Claire: Maybe! I don't think I'm very, I don't see myself as sexy, I think I'm kind of a bit silly, but you know I'm very honored to be named in the top 10 sexiest women.
Q: How did you feel when you got awarded by Global Beauties?
Claire: Oh like how I felt after being awarded? Oh I mean I was shocked! As I said I never really thought of myself as the sexiest woman in the world or anything like that, but the guys over at Global Beauties are so lovely and have been really supportive of me all along and I was really flattered to have been named in their top 10 so yeah, it was cool!
Q: During your time in Japan, what do you spend your free time for? What do you like doing most in Japan?
Claire: Oh gosh! Japan is such a crazy place, for me I love doing stuff that’s really Japanese for example I go to karaoke all the time, I'm really good at karaoke, so myself and my Japanese friends go to karaoke all the time, I love to work out, training in the gym, obviously as a model you have to kind of keep on top of that, I love going shopping, the shopping in Japan is amazing, the style is incredible so I spend a lot of time shopping, also they have cat cafes in Japan, like a cafe where you can go and drink your tea and there’re cats running around, I go there all the time, you can pat the cats and drink tea, it’s so great.
Q: You’ve said that you like karaoke, are you good at singing?
Claire: Yeah, I actually have a singing teacher in Australia so I sing with her quite regularly, but I haven't really been able to see her in a long time because I’ve been living overseas so much so I'm probably a bit rusty.
Q: I think I am talking to a superstar singer or something! Can you show us some rhymes of music or songs?
Claire: Oh god no! Don't make me sing, don't make me sing I’ll get embarrassed!
Q: What about other hobbies, apart from feeding cats like you said, and how about cooking? We’ve heard that you are good at cooking too!
Claire: Yes! You know it’s a blessing and a curse, my mum and my grandmother and my sister actually, everyone in our family is amazing cooks and my mum taught me how to cook very early, so I've always cooked my whole life but actually I hate cooking! I hate it! If someone else cooks for me then I'll be so happy, but the problem is I'm a really good cook, so I have this skill but I hate using it but obviously when living in Tokyo or living in Bangkok, I'm living on my own so I have to cook, but I don't actually enjoy it.
Q: You don't actually enjoy it? But you are a really good cook?
Claire: Yes! I know! It’s so unfortunate! If I were a bad cook it would be ok because I’d be like ohhh its ok, I don't need to cook but because I'm a good cook I'm like oh I have to cook something.
Q: So what is your most favorite menu?
Claire: Oh gosh I don't know I mean everything, I'm pretty open to everything, for me I love meat, I love cooking up red meat or pasta or baking as well, baking sweet things like cakes or cookies, pastries yes I love sweet things.
Q: Be careful! Because right now you are a beauty queen! You have to be in good shape always!
Claire: I know! Everyone keeps saying that to me! Mr. Nawat is always telling me maybe just don't eat too much sugar.
Q: Yeah he's right! What about the pumpkin soup?
Claire: Yes I was telling him the other day my mum has a really good recipe for pumpkin soup and I love pumpkin soup so I’ve kind of tweaked it a little bit and now I make a really good pumpkin soup! So, if I ever do cook for you, you can try my specialty pumpkin soup.
Q: Of course. Do you think your life is successful now?
Claire: I mean for me, I have really really big dreams and really high expectations of myself and I don't think I'm anywhere near where I want to be yet, but I do feel like I’m definitely on the path. And every day that something comes along or a new opportunity comes to me, yeah I definitely feel like I'm succeeding, but I don't think I'm where I want to be yet. But it’s early days you know, I've only been Miss Grand International for a week!
Q: Don’t worry, you still have a lot of time, you have plenty of time!
Claire: Plenty of time! Many many years!
Q: Yes and what are you planning for your future in the showbiz industry?
Claire: Well I was saying the other day, actually, since all the modelling and stuff took off, I haven't really had time to focus on my acting career so much, so I'm hoping that maybe in the next year or so after miss grand, after my duties are finished, I can actually perhaps go to LA or something like that, do some further training and maybe get into movies, so I think that’s kind of where I'm headed next.
Q: So you have quite a long way to go! To reach your dream of being a good actress!
Claire: Yeah that’s what I mean!
Q: Will there be any events for Miss Grand International for you to attend in the near future?
Claire: Well, I'm attending the Red Cross Charity event tonight and I think I’ll be back again at the beginning of May for a crowning and I'm visiting an international school, I think, I'm not really sure I haven't really been told yet! I’ll be moving back to Bangkok the first week of June and I think from then is when everything will start rolling out.
Q: So you'll be staying in Thailand after you come back from Australia until you give the crown to the new queen?
Claire: Yeah! So I don't really know exactly what’s going on at that time, I know there’s going to be a lot of travel obviously, perhaps another trip to Syria, I'm not exactly sure but hopefully yeah, I hope there will be a lot, I hope that I will be very busy while I'm here.
Q: Last but not least, what would you like to say to your pageant fans all over the world?
Claire: I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and believed in me, and all of the lovely messages I've been receiving since I was crowned it’s really really special and it makes me feel like I'm really special and I kind of just feel like I'm an ordinary person but you know, everyone has just been so amazing and they've really welcomed me to Thailand and really, at times you know obviously competing in beauty pageants can be tiring and stressful and if you don't win sometimes you can feel a little bit down but everyone around the world has just been so supportive of me and so positive and really pushed me to keep going even when I've been tired or haven’t been motivated so I just really appreciate all of the support from everyone.
Q: Right now you are being considered like an angel and princess.
Claire: I know, everyone keeps telling me I look like princess “Elsa” from Frozen!
Q: Yes princess Elsa, you are exactly right! Right now I think it’s time, thank you so much for giving us time to speak with us during this interview and we hope you will enjoy your life from now on to be miss grand international 2015.
Claire: Yes I think it’s going to be a great adventure!
Q: And wish you the best of luck in every path of your life!
Claire: Oh thank you!
Q: Thank you so much Claire!