Miss Green Myan­mar to be cho­sen at Yan­gon Univer­sity

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - KYI KYI SWAY kyiky­isway.mcm@gmail.com

BEAUTY pageants have grown in pop­u­lar­ity across Myan­mar in re­cent years, and the trend con­tin­ues this week with Miss Green Myan­mar and Miss Green Yan­gon Univer­sity.

Or­gan­ised by the non-profit group Green Econ­omy Green Growth, the con­tests will each fea­ture 20 se­lected women from around the coun­try at Yan­gon Univer­sity’s 96th an­niver­sary fair.

“The main point is to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness among young peo­ple,” said Khin Maung Lwin, a GEGG mem­ber. “We want to in­crease the knowl­edge peo­ple have about their nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.”

Or­gan­is­ers say Miss Green Myan­mar will be­come a fig­ure­head for en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism among the coun­try’s youth; Miss Green Yan­gon Univer­sity will be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of stu­dents there, work­ing to in­crease en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts among the stu­dents around the city and na­tion.

The se­lected can­di­dates start train­ing to­day un­der the tute­lage of Tin Moe Lwin, founder of Tal­ents & Mod­els Agency. She’ll teach the green-beau­ties all they need to know, from walk­ing the walk to talk­ing the (en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly) talk. Events will in­clude Myan­mar tra­di­tional wear, for­mal wear and “green” wear, which will re­quire con­tes­tants to wear sus­tain­ably sourced ma­te­ri­als.

“We will only use nat­u­ral tex­tiles and dyes,” said Latt Latt, a de­signer from Myan­mar De­signer Group who is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The fair starts on De­cem­ber 1, with the com­pe­ti­tion slated for De­cem­ber 6. Con­tes­tants will go through a round of cuts be­fore De­cem­ber 9, when the win­ners will be cho­sen by an eight-per­son panel of judges. Though the full panel has yet to be con­firmed, Daw Le Le Tin from GEGG said some in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sadors’ wives will serve along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Yan­gon Univer­sity and SkyNet.

Up for grabs are a cash prize, a crown and a round-trip flight to Bangkok.

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