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Thailand’s Sireethorn Leearamwat crowned Miss International 2019 by Venezuela’s Mariem Velazco in Tokyo, Japan

Maria Alejandra Vengoechea, Andrea Toscano, Sireethorn Leearamwat, Evelyn Namotovu, Harriotte Lane (©Shota Ise)

Maria Alejandra Vengoechea, Andrea Toscano, Sireethorn Leearamwat, Evelyn Namotovu, Harriotte Lane (©Shota Ise)

Sireethorn Leearamwat (สิรีธร ลีห์อร่ามวัฒน์), 25, of Thailand has been crowned Miss International 2019. She is the first ever Thai titleholder of the international beauty pageant based in Japan.

Leearamwat hails from Bangkok, Thailand. She is a pharmacist and a model.

Hosted by Tetsuya Bessho, Ayako Kisa and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa of the Philippines, the Miss International 2019 coronation night took place at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan on November 12, 2019. Including Leeramwat, 83 candidates competed to become the successor of Miss International Mariem Velazco, 21, of Venezuela.

Andrea Toscano, 20, of Manzanillo, Mexico was runner-up to Leearamwat. Evelyn Namatovu Karonde, 23, of Kampala, Uganda, Alejandra Vengoechea, 21, of Barranquilla, Colombia and Harriotte Lane, 18, of Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, North East England, United Kingdom were the respective second, third and fourth runners-up.


Leearamwat was also crowned Miss International Asia 2019. Her fellow continental queens were Miss International Africa 2019 Naomi Nucia Glay, 27, of Monrovia, Liberia, Miss International America 2019 Maria Jose Barbis, 23, of Chiclayo, Peru, Miss International Europe 2019 Elize Joanne de Hong, 25, of Rotterdam, Netherlands and Miss International Oceania 2019 Eunice Raquel Basco, 24, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Karonde was Best in Swimsuit while Melissa Jimenez, 20, of Maracaibo, Venezuela was Best in Evening Gown and Nguyễn Tường San, 19, of Hanoi, Vietnam was Best National Costume. Noémie Kribo Milne, 21, of Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe was Miss Photogenic.

Jolene Marie Rotinsulu, 23, of Manado, Indonesia was Miss People’s Choice Award and Panasonic Beauty Ambassador. Sarra Brahmi, 25, of Sousse, Tunisia was Miss Visit Japan Tourism.

Miss International was organized by The International Culture Association. Besting 51 other candidates, Stella Márquez, 82, of Colombia won the inaugural pageant, which took place at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California, United States on August 12, 1960.

Watch the coronation night of the 59th edition of Miss International here:

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