Representing Thailand at the Miss Universe 2023, Anna Sueangam-iam won the Impact Wave Leadership Award. Miss the spot in the Top 16, Anna Sueangam-iam grabbed the eyeballs in the National Costume contest when she donned a gown made of recycled can tabs. Anna Sueangam-iam was given the award by none other than Thai media tycoon and trans woman Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip. Notably, the pageant, once co-owned by Donald Trump, was bought by Thai media tycoon and trans woman Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip in 2022.

The Miss Universe 2023 on Thursday witnessed the Evening gown preliminary round in which Miss Universe Thailand Anna Sueangam-iam stunned everyone with her never seen dress. She donned a shimmering metallic silver chainmail gown designed by MANIRAT. Her dress astonished everyone as it was a recycled floor-length cutout evening gown made up of pull tabs of drinking cans interconnected to each other. All the tabs had Swarovski diamonds on them. She gave an edge to the outfit by wearing sparkling diamond drop earrings, ring and a thin bracelet. Her pale nude patent leather platform sandals with towering stiletto heels added grace to the whole evening gown.

Who is Anna Sueangam-iam?

Miss Universe Thailand Anna Sueangam-iam chose this unique gown for the evening to represent the background that she comes from. She wore the dress made of pull-up tabs as a tribute to her parents who are garbage collectors. The dress was called as ‘Hidden Precious Diamond Dress.’ Telling about her dress, she said, “You must not get stuck with murky surroundings you were born into, but do believe you have the power to change your own life for the better.” She added that her gown was inspired by the surrounding in which she has lived from childhood. She said that growing up her life was among the piled of garbage and recyclable items. She in the end said, “This unique gown was tailored-made with discarded materials to present to the Universe that what’s considered worthless by many actually possesses its own value and beauty.”

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