Beauty, musical acumen comes together at Miss Hard Rock 2012

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Judges at Pattaya Hard Rock Hotel’s were looking for beauty and a deep understanding of music history and style when they chose the hotel’s “Miss Hard Rock 2012” at the beachfront hotel.

Different from most beauty pageants, the Sept. 8-15 Miss Hard Rock contest valued rocker-style clothing over swimsuits and talent in identifying song titles and performers over singing and dancing.

Contestants are judged on their Rock ‘n Roll ensemble. Contestants are judged on their Rock ‘n Roll ensemble.

Eleven women vied for the title in a bid to become the hotel’s public relations ambassador for the next year and represent Thailand at the Southeast Asia Miss Hard Rock pageant in Malaysia. After three days of competing, 22-year-old Vichuda (Noon) Keetanitinun from Samut Prakarn took the sash and 145,700 baht in prizes.

Cattaleeya Schulze took first runner up (114,200 baht in prizes), followed by Khmika Pattanavaraporn (101,700 baht in prizes). Rattanaporn Klinkulabhiran won the “Miss Rock Friendly” prize (62,700 baht in prizes).

The contest followed few of the rules of traditional pageants with the first day having contestants quizzed by judges on their musical knowledge. They also gave background on their favorite performing artists and had to name the title and artist of various song clips. They also put on a fashion show of rock-styled clothing around the pool. The day wrapped with a chance for hopefuls to talk about the Hard Rock Pattaya in public.

The second day saw contestants get back into a more-traditional mode, slipping into swimsuits for the judges approval. They also worked more on showing off their spokes-womanly skills.

(L to R) Second runner up Khmika (Praew) Pattanavaraporn, first runner up Cattaleeya (Cat) Schulze, winner Vichuda (Noon) Keetanitinun, and Miss Rock Friendly Rattanaporn (Mim) Klinkulabhiran, winners one and all. (L to R) Second runner up Khmika (Praew) Pattanavaraporn, first runner up Cattaleeya (Cat) Schulze, winner Vichuda (Noon) Keetanitinun, and Miss Rock Friendly Rattanaporn (Mim) Klinkulabhiran, winners one and all.

Contestants are also judged in swimsuits designed by themselves. Contestants are also judged in swimsuits designed by themselves.