Miss Green Myanmar to be chosen at Yangon University
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.