Miss Universe Thailand 2019 Paweensuda Drouin celebrates one-year crown anniversary

29 Jun 2020 | Ana Walia

Paweensuda Drouin represented Thailand at Miss Universe 2019 on 8th December 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. She was appreciated for her performance and was placed at the Top 5 at the end of the event finale.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, to a Canadian father and Thai Chinese mother, Paweensuda moved to Thailand to work as a model and a DJ. After finishing high school, Paweensuda enrolled in the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. In 2017, she graduated with a degree in kinesiology.

The diva stepped into the world of beauty pageants in 2013 when she participated in Miss Thailand Chinese Cosmos 2013 and completed as the second runner-up at the end of the event finale. Afterwards, she was selected to represent Thailand in the Miss Chinese Cosmos Southeast Asia 2013 competition in Malaysia, where she placed within the top eight. After earning some international experience Fahsai tried her luck at Miss Thailand 2013 where she was placed as the first runner-up at the end of the event finale which she competed in honour of her mother’s wishes. She took a break after Miss Thailand 2013 and focuses towards her education and later in 2017 participated in Miss Universe Thailand 2017 where she was placed as the second runner-up and won the award for Miss Smile. Paweensuda’s strong performance impressed the organization that she was appointed to represent Thailand at Miss Earth 2017 where she was placed at Top 8.



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Paween’s desire to represent the country at Miss Universe stage brough her back as she competed in Miss Universe Thailand 2019 held on 29th June 2019, and was eventually declared as the winner and represented Thailand at Miss Universe 2019 stage. During her stint at Miss Universe Thailand 2019, she won the Best Swimsuit, Perfect Poses, Miss Popular Vote awards, and was one of eight contestants awarded the Golden Tiara.

Paweensuda’s win at Miss Universe Thailand 2019 was celebrated with immense joy and happiness by the people of Thailand. Fans were jumping up and down, screaming and hugging one another. Some even had tears down their faces as they finally got to witness this beauty queen's eventual moment of success after having been rooting for her for a long time. In one of her interviews, she mentioned that winning Miss Universe Thailand 2019 felt surreal to her.

After not being able to win the title in her first try, she underwent extensive training to improve herself and returned in 2019 as a stronger contender than ever, becoming the crowd's favourite and front-runner the moment, she appeared in the competition. She wants to use the platform to launch adapted physical education for disabled children. She has volunteered in the programme at the University of Calgary, where she graduated with a degree in kinesiology, and intends to see similar programmes being implemented here in Thailand.



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Explaining about her advocacy, "The reason why I'm here is because I really want to be able to make a difference. I tried that before. I went out and volunteered. I noticed that, nowadays, in order to be a volunteer, you must be able to help financially, which is something I didn't have at the time. And I realised that by being in a beauty pageant, we're able to go out, help other people and inspire them to be the best that they can be. When I see someone who is confused as to what they want to do in their life and they don't know where to go and they're insecure with themselves, and if I'm able to go there and bring a smile to their face, for me, that is the best thing that I can receive back. It's really priceless when you see something like that," said Paweensuda.

The queen who was born in Canada was questioned about her ethnicity to which she responded by saying that she knows at heart that she’s Thai. "I've always had the goal that I want to represent Thailand and Miss Universe. It's always been Miss Universe or nothing," she said.  She also praised Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray who was at the coronation ceremony when Paweensuda was crowned; she stated that there was no better person to share the experience and learn from than Gray, the reigning Miss Universe, who has returned to Thailand for the first time after she was crowned here.

During the question and answer round of Miss Universe Thailand 2019, Paweensuda was asked, “What do you think? With a woman Have to live for the children and the child is still young Even if she doesn't love her husband anymore or just being together in accordance with duty?”

To which the diva answered, "To be honest, when I was a kid, I thought that my parents were together because of me. Because when I look at other couples, when I look at my friend 's parents, they looked like they were intimate. But I believe that for women who must endure with men that you do not love. Because just for her children to grow into a complete family You should praise the mother's sacrifice for your children. You or he will be able to live in a warm family and grow to have the best future they can. By being filled with love and nurturing and caring for the perfect family.”  The answer not only helped her win the title but also was received with applauses by the audience and judges. 



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When asked Catriona about the diva’s win, she replied, "Paweensuda has a beautiful heart. You can tell. Now, she's in the sisterhood of Miss Universe. No matter what happens, even with her fellow contestants, she's going to make friends for life." Fahsai’s fighting spirit has empowered many lives, especially young women, to pursue their dreams. With the help of Miss Universe Thailand organization, Fahsai has expanded her original project ‘ABLE’, which adapt sports to improve the physical ability and self-esteem of individuals with disabilities. She also started the “We are One” campaign which promotes equality and inclusivity among underprivileged children though sports, art, and music. As an athlete herself, she is delighted to share her experience on how to apply life lessons from sports into people’s everyday lives. Her Miss Universe profile describes her as "an ordinary woman who is down to earth, likes to use public transportations, and enjoys street food" who is also "passionate to help people." She has very recently launched BetterFly Academy which is a training institute for transferring the knowledge and techniques gained from the contest to the aspiring young women.

Paweensuda took to her social media to share a glimpse of her walk at the Miss Universe Thailand 2019 stage. She captioned the video, “I can't believe it's already been a year!” We wish her all the love and success for future and hope to see her on-stage soon. Congratulations diva!