Airport Plaza hosts youth ‘Supermodel’ contest
The two winners pay their respects to the patron
of the project,
HRH Princess Ubolrattana.
A project originally initiated by HRH Princess Ubolrattana and aimed
at promoting motivation and competition amongst Chiang Mai’s teenagers and
young adults, came to fruition Saturday April 25 with the ‘To be Number One
Supermodel 2009’ contest at Airport Plaza. A further and essential objective
of the project was to discourage today’s youth in the city from involvement
with drugs by giving them something to aim for.
beautiful winner of the Female model category, Sacred Heart College student,
Boonlert Buranupakorn, president of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration
Organization (PAO), presided over the opening ceremony and presented
certificates and prizes to the young people who had successfully attended
the training courses in rock dance, karaoke, modelling, hip-hop, acting and
other performing arts provided by the project’s organisers.
Before the contest began, on-stage performances and ‘dazzle presentations’
delighted the crowds, with many modern dance crazes performed, together with
displays of modelling skills. During the contest itself, the young
contestants, both male and female and all aged between 15 and 23, paraded
the catwalk in their sportswear and international costumes, displaying just
how much they had learned from the training courses.
Wongsanuchit and Nattaphol Thawadee collect their trophies and awards after
finishing first in the male and female categories.
Trophies were awarded to the winners of the male and female categories on
behalf of HRH Princess Ubolrattana, together with cash prizes of 5,000 baht.
Nattaphol Thawadee, from Naresuan University (Phistanulok province), was the
clear winner in the male group, with Patcharawadee Wongsanuchit, from Sacred
Heart College, Chiang Mai, captivating the audience as well as the judges
and winning in the female category.
The first runners-up in both categories, Krisanachai Pasansai, from Bangkok
University in the male category and Saowalak Paengjai, from Chiang Mai
University, received a trophy and a 4,000 baht cash prize; the second
runners-up, Thaonchai Pairoh (male) from Chiang Mai Rajahat University, and
Kanikar Loyfah (female) from Waree School, Chiang Mai, were presented with
their trophies and a prize of 3,000 baht.
Congratulations are due to all the beautiful young people who worked so hard
and took part so enthusiastically - they’re all winners!
The young models with their certificates of
and their prizes pose with the organisers of the event.
Glitter, glamour, loud colours
and a handbag - ‘must-haves’ for 2009
Report and photos by Lee Roy Webster
Turn on the lights - focus the spots - Chiang Mai’s top fashion
show, ‘Hot on Red Carpet’ is about to begin! The red carpet referred to
in the show’s title wound from the stage all around the huge fountain
outside the entrance to Airport Plaza, and back again to the stage,
giving the gorgeous models all the space they needed to strut their
stuff in a selection of the newest fashion trends for 2009.
Thai supermodel Sonja Cooling - what an amazing outfit!
Organised by promoter Pija, in cooperation with Dr. Natakit
Tanpulsinthana (Central Pattana Co’s assistant marketing manager and
director), the evening show attracted around 2,000 members of the public
and at least 60 members of the press, all eager to view and photograph
the latest fashions supplied by Robinson, Triumph, Arena, Jantzen, Elle,
Guess, Giordano, Stream Line, Espada, Esp and EP. Yes, some of the
suppliers design swimwear …perhaps that explained the mini-swimming pool
(sponsored by Des Joyeaux’s CEO, Khun Rapipan, also the president of the
local Lions’ Club) situated right in the centre of the stage!
The models themselves, 10 male and 15 female, included superstars and
popular heroes and heroines from Thai TV channels such as Luktal Arisa,
Nui Kesarin and Run Nattamonagarn, and were headed up by the Thai
supermodel, Pim “Sonja” Cooling.
the guys in 2009 it’s shorts and a formal jacket… try that at the
In spite of the heat and humidity, the catwalk was a lively scene of
colours and brand new styles being paraded with great enthusiasm all
around the fountain, ending up back on the stage, where members of
important Chiang Mai families had been seated.
For fashion freaks, this season’s must-haves, for day, for night and for
the beach, concentrate on glitter, glamour and strong, powerful, sexy
colours, mixed with naked skin …together with a resurgence in the
popularity of the handbag, back again in a big way, even for men! The
brighter colours, too, are predicted to be a big hit with the guys this
After the show was over, a mad rush took place to the air-conditioned
cool of Airport Plaza, amid excited chattering about the great new
styles …proving yet again that Chiang Mai is not a provincial town many
miles from Bangkok, it’s the leading alternative for big events after
Pija, the organiser of the lavish event,
does double duty as the MC.
It’s so hot - wish we were all in that pool!
and organisers pictured at the end of a fantastic show.