25-year-old Mareeya Poonlertlarp, a half-Thai, half-Swedish model, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2017 at Siam Paragon Hall on Saturday night. She succeeds Chalita Suansane, Miss Universe Thailand 2016 and top 6 semi-finalist at Miss Universe 2016.
The 183cm tall model and new queen of Thailand was a hot favourite to win the crown and as a winner of the prestigious contest, she will now compete at Miss Universe 2017 to be held later this year.
Mareeya is a postgraduate in marketing from the Stockholm Business School and is fluent in four languages – Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin. She won 1 million baht, a diamond tiara and a car, as well as the trophy.
First runner-up Supaporn Litiphruek received half a million baht, and joint second runners-up Suraphuen Artkongharn, Ratchanok Nawaset and Paweensuda Du-uen each pocketed 150,000 baht.