It seems Miss Philippines Ariella Arida, is not the most popular Miss Universe contestant after all. In a recent people's poll conducted by a beauty pageant website Missoslogy.com, Miss Myanmar, Moe Set Wine surpassed Ariella Arida by 70,213 people's choice votes. Moe Set Wine got 156,734 (still counting) whereas Ariella Arida managed to garner only 86,521 votes (still counting).
Moe Set Wine is the first Myanmar delegate to the Miss Universe pageant in more than 50 years. Wine is a business marketing student and has done most of her education abroad. Born on 20th May, 1988, Moe Set Wine was the second runner-up in a 2009 Burmese Chinese beauty pageant and she was crowned Miss Universe Myanmar on Oct. 2013 at the National Theatre, in Yangon.
Moe Set Wine has been training vigorously for the pageant and was in Thailand last week to attend a two day Miss Universe training course.
Regarding the contest Moe Set Wine told Bangkokpost.com, "I feel happy and honoured. I believe this is a chance in a lifetime. I will not take it for granted and I will do my best so that when I look back I will feel I have done something for my country."
Wine idolizes Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and inspires to be strong and level-headed like her.
Blessed with porcelain skin, Wine was even bestowed with the "Miss Perfect Skin Award"in Myanmar, based on the internet voting system and SMS messages
Meanwhile, Ariella Arida, after Philippines' win (Ms. Megan young) at the Miss World 2013 pageant, is being considered the strongest contender for the Miss Universe crown. Arida is a chemistry graduate and according to the Miss Universe official website, she knows all the chemical compositions by heart.
Ariella has done substantial preparation for the contest and is looking forward to represent her country on Nov 9. in Moscow.
Take a look at Moe Set Wine crowning moment:
Here's a complete schedule of events for Miss Universe 2013 contest:
Oct. 20-24, 2013: Contestant arrivals in Moscow
Oct. 25, 2013: Welcome dinner
Oct. 26-November 3, 2013: Various pre-pageant activities
Nov. 3, 2013: National Costume show (UStream)
Nov. 5, 2013: Preliminary Competition (UStream)
Nov. 6-9, 2013: On The Scene with Teen recap show
Nov. 9, 2013: Miss Universe 2013 Final Telecast (NBC, Telemundo and various TV networks of participant countries)
Nov. 9, 2013: Russian Standard After-Party
Nov. 10, 2013: Contestant departure
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