Miss Philipppines’ Annalie “Ali” Forbes won third runner-up in the Miss Grand International pageant in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19.
The title went to Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro. The first runner-up was from Dominican Republic, the second from the Slovak Republic, and the fourth from Australia.
Forbes made it to the pageant’s Top 10 in the National Costume and the Top 20 in the swimsuit competition. She wore an ethnic-printed costume with matching layers of “banga” or pots that impressed the judges and catapulted her to the Top 5.
The pre-pageant events began on November 3 where delegates prepared for the preliminary round on November 17 and toured Bangkok.
Miss Dominican Republic Chantel Martinez won the Best in Evening Gown competition. Best in Swimsuit went to Miss Latvia Kristine Rancane, and Miss Myanmar Htar Htet Htet was voted as Miss Popular. Each brought home $3,000.
Fobes worked as a model, singer and part-time actress before joining the pageant. She received some criticisms in social media sites for her mishap in the question and answer (Q&A) portion.
All five finalists were asked, “What would you do to prevent war and global conflict?”
Ali’s answer started off sweet, but her grammar error in her last few lines was not left unnoticed.
“Mabuhay, Sawatdee ka Thailand! As a beauty queen, I will use my position to promote the advocacy of Miss Grand International by using various instruments, such as social media, the pageant itself and if necessary, a personal presence to spread the wonderful message of peace by stopping war. And I want to thank…all of the do..donātio?…donator of our country from the last Typhoon Yolanda. Thank you Thailand and to all of the countries who donate to us. Maraming maraming salamat po from the Philippines!” was Ali’s answer.
The pageant aims to promote peace, with each delegate becoming an advocate of the global “Stop the War” campaign. Aside from touring the world to promote the end conflict and violence, the winner will stay at a new residence at The Tower in Midtown area of Bangkok during her reign and will receive $30,000.