Miss Universe Myanmar contestant Thuzar Wint Lwin won the “Best National Costume” award as she held up the banner “Pray for Myanmar” during an emotional performance at the Miss Universe pageant. Dance 2021 (Miss Universe 2021) is held in Florida, USA.
Although Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin did not make it to the final round of the Miss Universe pageant, she won the “Best National Costume” award, based on the ethnic costume of the Chin people in northwestern Myanmar, where Fighting between the army and anti-regime forces has occurred in recent days.
On May 13, walking on stage with a sad expression, she stopped and slowly opened the banner in her hand, holding it high to the audience. The banner read: “Pray for Myanmar”.
Notably, this is not the outfit she prepared because she lost her luggage. The Myanmar community in the US helped the 22-year-old Miss prepare to fold a replacement outfit.
However, her act towards her homeland is considered courageous and inspiring, in the context of Myanmar’s military junta continuing to intensify its crackdown on dissidents, including many famous people. , have influence.
The heart towards the homeland of Miss Myanmar has received many words of support and praise. Many comments said that “this is the true beauty.” The photo of her holding the banner went viral on social media.
On Sunday (May 16), Miss Thuzar continued to use the pageant stage to call on the world to speak out against the military junta, security forces that have killed hundreds of civilians since taking power. during the February 1 coup.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the army every day,” she said in a video message for the contest.
“I want to urge people to talk about Myanmar. As Miss Universe Myanmar since the coup, I have spoken out as much as I can.”, she said.
A spokesman for the Myanmar military did not respond to requests for comment from the media.
Thuzar Wint Lwin said that she believes it is not safe to return to Myanmar after speaking out against the regime; She currently does not know where she will go after the competition is over.
Thuzar Wint Lwin is among dozens of Myanmar celebrities, actors, social media and sports influencers who have spoken out against the coup. Ms. Thuzar participated in many protests against the military regime.
At least 790 people have been killed by security forces since the coup, according to the activist group Association to Support Political Prisoners (AAPP). The organization says more than 5,000 people have been arrested, with around 4,000 still in custody – including several celebrities.