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Miss Universe Myanmar: No swimsuits yet (video included)

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US business school graduate selected to represent country next month in Moscow, first since 1961. 

Myanmar's 25-year-old Moe Set Wine, left, holds her tropy after she was selected as the first Miss Universe contestant to represent Myanmar in more than 50 years during a contest in Yangon on Thursday. (AFP photo)


Myanmar picks first Miss Universe hopeful


AFP News agency

YANGON - With a whiff of controversy and not a bikini in sight, a US-educated business graduate was selected as the first Miss Universe contestant to represent Myanmar in more than 50 years.

Myanmar's 25-year-old Moe Set Wine holding her trophy after she was selected as the first Miss Universe contestant to represent Myanmar in more than 50 years during a contest in Yangon. Picture: AFP

Moe Set Wine will take her place on stage at the global beauty pageant in Moscow next month, reflecting dramatic political and social changes in the former junta-ruled nation, which last fielded a Miss Universe contender in 1961.

"I feel like now I am part of the history and I feel like a soldier that is doing something for the country and my people," the 25-year-old said after her selection late on Thursday.

Hemlines are rising in the country as it opens up to the world after decades of iron-fisted junta rule ended in 2011.

But still not everyone approves of scanty dress.

When racy shots of one model wearing a two-piece swimsuit appeared online a few years ago, she received abuse and threats.

So the Miss Universe hopefuls were careful not to bare any midriff in the swimsuit section.

"My personal view is that the competition presents a good image of our country, but if you look at what they wear, it is not what a lot of people here like," Deputy Culture Minister Than Swe told AFP.

Myanmar's traditional dress, which is still mandatory in high schools, universities and most state workplaces, is the demure "longyi" - a sheet of cotton or silk cloth wrapped around the waist and stretching to the feet.

But the younger generation, especially young urban women, are increasingly shunning the national garb and embracing unconventional alternatives as they brush aside concerns about morals and modesty.

"Myanmar people dared not wear clothes like this in the past. Now things are improving, and people dare to wear things, so as a designer I can create what I like. So I'm glad things are changing," said Htay Htay Tin, who designed all the contestants' outfits.


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abuse: angry offensive comments - การด่าว่า, ด่าทอ, สาปแช่ง

alternative: something that is different from something else, especially from what is usual, and offering the possibility of choice - ทางเลือก

approve: to think that somebody/something is good, acceptable or suitable - พอใจ

beauty: the quality of being beautiful or very good to look at - ความสวยงาม

brush aside: to refuse to accept that something is important or true - ไม่สนใจ, ไม่แยแส

competition: an organised event in which people try to win prizes by being better than other people - การแข่งขัน

concern: a worry - ความกังวล

contender: someone or something who competes with other people or things for a prize or reward - คู่ต่อสู้, คู่แข่ง

contest: a competition - การแข่งขัน

contestant: someone who competes in a contest - ผู้แข่งขัน

controversy: a disagreement, especially about a public policy or a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about - ความขัดแย้ง

cotton: a plant grown in warm countries for the soft white hairs around its seeds that are used to make cloth and thread ฝ้าย, ต้นฝ้าย - ฝ้าย, ต้นฝ้าย

dare: to be brave enough to do something - กล้า

decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ, ระยะเวลา 10 ปี

designer: a person who comes up with ideas and plans for things such as new products, fashion, inside of houses, gardens, etc - นักออกแบบ, ดีไซน์เนอร์

designer clothes: clothes carrying a famous designer label - เสื้อผ้ามียี่ห้อ

dramatic: sudden, very great and often surprising - ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ

embrace: to accept something such as a belief, idea, or way of life - ยอมรับ น้อมนำมา

field: to use a person in a job; to use a person as your representative - ส่ง' ส่งต้วแทน

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

garb: clothes; the kind of clothes that a country or a group of people wear -

generation: a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time - รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)

global: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

graduate: a person who has a university degree - ผู้รับปริญญา, ผู้สำเร็จการศึกษา

hemlines are rising: the dresses that women wear are getting shorter and shorter -

hopeful: someone who wants to succeed or who seems likely to win - ผู้ที่ต้องการประสบความสำเร็จ

image: an opinion that people have about someone or something - ภาพลักษณ์

junta: a group of military officers that governs a country, usually without having been elected - รัฐบาลทหาร

mandatory: ordered by a law or rule - ตามข้อบังคับ

midriff: the middle part of a person's body -

modelling: the work of a model, a person who wears clothes to show them to buyers - การเดินแบบ

modesty: the tendency not to talk about yourself, your achievements, or your abilities even if you are successful - ความถ่อมตัว, ความอ่อนน้อม, ความสงบเสงี่ยม

morals: standards for good or bad character and behavior - หลักความประพฤติ, หลักจรรยา, หลักปฏิบัติ, หลักศีลธรรม

nation: a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government; all the people in a country - ประเทศ, คนในประเทศ

national: for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ

outfit: a set of clothes that are worn together - เครื่องแต่งกาย

pageant: a public entertainment in which people dress in historical costumes and give performances of scenes from history - การแห่แหน,การแสดงกลางแจ้ง, การประกวด

personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว

reflect: to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง

represent: to act, speak or be present officially for another person or people - เป็นตัวแทน

rule: to have control over a particular group, country, etc - มีอำนาจ, ปกครอง

scanty: clothes that show parts of the body that are normally covered; not having much of something such as clothes -

selected: specially chosen - ถูกคัดเลือก

selection: choice; the process of choosing - การเลือก,การคัดเลือก

shun: to deliberately avoid a person, place or activity - หลบเลี่ยง

sighting: an occasion when somebody sees somebody/something, especially something unusual or something that lasts for only a short time - โอกาสที่จะได้เห็น

silk: a type of fine smooth cloth made from silk thread - ผ้าไหม

social: related to society, to people and the way they are connected to each other and interact with each other - เกี่ยวกับสังคม

stage: a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที

stretch: to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction - ขยายออก, ยืดออก

threaten: to say you might or will do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - ขู่

traditional: things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time - แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี

trophy: a large silver cup or similar object given as a prize to the winner of a competition - ถ้วยรางวัล

unconventional: not the usual or ordinary way of doing something - ที่ผิดแปลกไปจากเดิม

university: a school where students study for BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees and where research is done - มหาวิทยาลัย

urban: of or in a city or town - ในเมือง

view: a personal opinion, belief, or attitude about a particular situation or subject - ความคิดเห็น

waist: the middle part of the body that is narrower than the parts above and below   - เอว

wrapped around: tightly fitted around something else - ล้อมรอบ

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