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Brazil’s Lala Guedes crowned Miss Grand International 2020 fourth runner-up in Bangkok, Thailand

Aurra Kharishma, Samantha Bernardo, Abena Appiah, Ivana Batchelor, Lala Guedes

Aurra Kharishma, Samantha Bernardo, Abena Appiah, Ivana Batchelor, Lala Guedes

Representing Brazil, Lala Guedes, 27, almost won Miss Grand International 2020. She was fourth runner-up.

Guedes has been modelling professionally since she was 14. She lived in London, England for severalyears and graduated from the University of the Arts London.

On January 30, 2020, Guedes was crowned Miss Grand Brazil 2020 at Dall’Onder Grande Hotel in Bento Gonçalves, Río Grande del Sur, Brazil. Including her, 63 candidates competed for the Miss Grand International 2020 title.

It was Abena Appiah, 27, of the United States who won the Miss Grand International 2020 title. She is the first woman crowned in a major international beauty pageant amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2021.

Samantha Bernardo, 27, of of the Philippines was first runner-up while Ivana Batchelor, 22, of Guatemala was second runner-up. Aurra Kharishma, 20, of Indonesia was third runner-up.

The Top 5 finalists were asked the same question in the question-and-answer portion. There asked to choose between shutting down the country for the safety of the people knowing that the country’s and its economy will be deeply affected or opening up the country to keep the economy running taking the risk of COVID-19 infections and the consequences.

“I know that to run our society, we need economy, but we cannot go anywhere without health,” Guedes answered. “That is why I decided to study medicine so it’s my duty to defend people’s health so of course, I would choose to stay home and then once we control this pandemic, we’ll be able to work again and get money again and raise our business again so as I always say, unity is the answer, is the key for everything. If we stay together, if we help each other, we will be able to have our business back but health, we cannot just have it this easy so take care of yours because it is really, it’s the best gift God gave to us.”

Hosted by Matthew Deane, the Miss Grand International 2020 coronation night took place at the SHOW DC in Bangkok, Thailand on the evening of March 27, 2021. It is the eighth edition of the international beauty pageant, which made its debut in 2013 and is based in Thailand.

Five former Miss Grand International titleholders served as the judges. They were Janelee Chaparro of Puerto Rico, Daryanne Lees of Cuba, Ariska Putri Pertiwi of Indonesia, Maria Jose Lara of Peru and Clara Sosa of Paraguay, who were crowned in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, in 2017 and in 2018, respectively.

Guedes also won Best in Swimsuit while Angela Yuriar, 19, of Mexico was Best in Evening Gown. Batchelor, Ruri Saji, 25, of Japan and Patcharaporn Chantarapadit, 22, of Thailand all won Best in National Costume, marking the first time the award was given to three candidates in the competition.

Chivly Liv, 22, of Cambodia was Country’s Choice of the Year giving her an automatic spot in the Top 20. Jasebel Robert, 25, of Malaysia won the Miss Popular Vote Award, which put her in the Top 10.

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