Beauty, brains and a global attitude were the criteria for the 20 semi-finalists in first Miss Thai Lovely pageant.
A day before the March 18 final round in Bangkok, the beauty contestants ventured to Pattaya for a photo shoot at Ruffino, the Centara Grand Phratamnak’s rooftop restaurant and pool.
Before the shoot, the women visited the Sunuk Nursery, meeting with children of the construction workers. Entertainer Dr. Penguin also made a surprise appearance to create his usual mayhem with the kids.
After which the girls made their way back to the rooftop of Centara Grand Phratamnak for a bikini shoot with the sun setting across the bay as a stunning backdrop.
As the contestants changed into evening wear, guests arrived for a cocktail reception that included cold beer and wine with the house deejay spinning tunes in the background.
(L to R) Liezel Mascara, Marcus Goehrt, Dr. William van Ewijk, David Strachan and Craig Muldoon.
The guest list was made up of local businesspeople, social groups and the media. William Vaughan, who runs Saffron Asia Media and has been an event organizer for many years in Thailand, organized it.
Vaughan said he wanted to bring new faces to the scene, but not solely focus on beauty like so many other pageants. Instead, judges would be looking for depth in the finalists.
The event allowed Facebook users to vote for their favorite contestants. Their votes shaped first 50 finalists and the semi-finals were held in Pattaya. <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Thai-Lovely/590281297681306>
Resident DJ Diva of the Centara Grand Pratamnak Resort Pattaya.
Tony Barchetti (2nd left) from Siam Bungy Jump poses with 3 contestants of the Miss Thai Lovely 2014.
Lovely contestant against a lovely background sunset.
(L to R) Earl Brown, Paul Strachan and Samuel Jones.
(L to R) Carl Duggan, Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage for Centara Grand, and Billy Brundon, GM of the Bull & Bush Bangkok.
(L to R) Craig Muldoon from Platinum Financial Ltd., David Strachan from Pattaya Property Auctions, Earl Brown, Samuel Jones and David Callick.
Leonard Stokes (center), Op. Director for A Farang Affair Co. Ltd., poses with the lovely ladies.
(L to R) Nigel Quennell, President of the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard Thailand, Craig Muldoon from Platinum Financial Ltd., and David Strachan from Pattaya Property Auctions.
Miss Thai Lovely 2014 gather for a bikini clad group photo.
Contestants pick up their robes after the photo shoot.