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MISS THAILAND WORE A DRESS MADE OUT OF SODA TABS AT THE MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT

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Miss Thailand Anna Sueangam-iam at the Miss Universe preliminary competition in January 2023. Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization

. Miss Thailand Anna Sueangam-iam wore a dress made of soda tabs at the Miss Universe preliminary.

. The dress, designed by Manirat, combines aluminum tabs from cans with Swarovski crystals.

. Sueangam-iam said the dress pays tribute to her upbringing and parents, who were garbage collectors.

The Miss Universe pageant kicked off this week with the preliminary competition — and one contestant is already making headlines.

Miss Thailand Anna Sueangam-iam wowed the crowd with a dress made of soda tabs, which she wore during the evening-gown round.

Now the dress has gone viral, racking up more than 150,000 likes since Sueangam-iam shared a photo on her Instagram.

The upcycled ensemble — which was designed by the brand Manirat and is known as the “Hidden Precious Diamond Dress” — combines the aluminum pull-tabs of soda cans with Swarovski crystals.

Sueangam-iam's dress was made with soda-can tabs and Swarovski crystals. Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization

There’s also a hidden meaning in the dress. The soda tabs pay tribute to Sueangam-iam’s upbringing.

“This gown was inspired by the familiar surroundings of my childhood,” she wrote on Instagram. “Growing up with garbage collector parents, my life as a child was among piles of garbage and recyclables. This unique gown was purposefully tailor-made with discarded and recycled materials, namely the ‘Can Tab’ to present to the UNIVERSE that what’s considered worthless by many actually possesses its own value and beauty. Thank you all for seeing it, hearing it, and hopefully being that message of self-worth.” 🕊

“Although she was called by some as ‘the garbage beauty queen,’ that never stops her from shining bright as a precious gem,” read a caption on the Miss Thailand Instagram page.

Sueangam-iam's dress was designed by Manirat. Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization

According to her official Miss Universe bio, Sueangam-iam, now 24, was born and raised in a slum in Bangkok. Her family later sent her to a temple to protect her from an unsafe environment. She grew up among Buddhist nuns and her meals primarily consisted of the monks’ leftovers.

“At an early age, poverty differentiated her life at school from other children, especially the cost of tuition,” her bio reads. “In order to cover her tuition fees, she had to collect merit points, donate blood every semester, collect plastic waste bottles, and clean public restrooms. This experience made her question the accessibility Thai children had to education.”

Miss Thailand in the 2023 Miss Universe Costume Contest. Benjamin Askinas

Sueangam-iam now hopes to use her platform to represent and amplify the voices of children from underprivileged backgrounds. She currently works with a number of nonprofit organizations, including Smile Train Thailand.

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WHAT COLOUR LOOKS BEST ON ME?

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You may ask, what colour looks best on me? Figuring out the colour that suits your skin can be difficult as it is easy to assume your colours based on what suits the people around you or what you prefer.

Since most people tend to ignore the importance of finding the colour that flatters their skin, identifying the colour that suits you is tough. Your skin colour is determined by the amount of melanin in your skin, exposure to the sun, genetics, and atmospheric conditions, although the most prominent is the pigment “melanin”. The people around you might have more or less melanin than you do, hence, producing multiple skin tones. The fact that a colour suits your sibling’s skin do not ensure that it will suit yours.

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This is why you should discover that colour, the colour that makes you feel like it is made for you.

Like finding the best hairstyle that suits your face, finding the perfect colour that flatters your skin is tricky. To determine the colour that best suits your skin, you should be aware of these factors: first, your skin tone, and second, your skin shade.

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Many assume that finding the colour that best flatters your skin should not be complicated. However, it is easier said than done. What you need to do is identify your skin tone and your skin shade, which will aid you in determining the group you fall into, which could be cool, neutral or warm.

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The first step to figuring out your skin tone is to know your skin undertone. This part can be complicated yet easy, depending on your skin clarity. Look down at the vein on your wrist in natural light. Pay attention to the colour. If your veins look green, you are warm-toned, if they look blue, then you are cool-toned. Now that you have determined your skin tone let’s get down to the colours.

Warm-toned people stand out in colours inspired by the reflection of nature. Your best colours are yellow, peach, orange, amber-gold and neutrals like cappuccino, mushroom grey and cream. While cool-toned people bag colours that are inspired by the depths of the ocean like blue, rose, lavender, purple and grey.

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People with neutral skin tone cannot tell if their vein is green or blue, they may see both colours in their skin undertone. If you have a neutral skin tone, you should focus more on your shade.

Several articles address the importance of identifying skin tones without reference to skin shades.

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Luckily, this article nails down four major skin shades. If you have got a dark skin shade, the best colours for you are navy green, burgundy, grey, and pink. Pastel colours also suit dark skin shades flawlessly. Supposing you’re brown-skinned, there is a high probability that your skin tone is neutral. The colours that look best on you are mid-blue, jade green, corn silk yellow, pastel brown and blue, and teal and grey. If your skin shade is olive, the colours that will look amazing on you are burgundy, maroon, magenta, navy blue, olive green and coral. The last is the fair skin shade. This is for the people we call light-skinned.

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The colours that elevate your looks are honey brown, lavender, burgundy, olive green, cream and lagoon blue.

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Black, white and red is generic colours as they tend to be flattering on every skin. You just have to determine from the many hues, which hue suits you more.

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Happy Birthday OGECHUKWU NWODO!

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Oge, as she is fondly called by family and friends, is the beautiful, humane and good-natured wife of the Chairman of Igbo-Etiti local government area of Enugu State, Hon. Ikenna Nwodo.

She is a woman who does everything a good wife does and even much more, when it comes to being available to her people. She is undeniably visible, active and reliably that much needed rallying point for the womenfolk of Igbo-Etiti, who are effectively part of the good governance in the state, in making the most of opportunities the First Lady of the state Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, has consistently made available.

Recently, when she hosted the first lady in the local government, as they toured, she was in the front, galvanizing the women as she also canvased so much for the children as well as other vulnerable members of her community.

Mrs. Ogechukwu Nwodo was not just performing her official functions. She was just being herself, that woman who cares for and loves her people whole heartedly.  

Join us to wish a beautiful Happy Birthday to this amazon and paragon of goodness!

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