Miss Universe 1965 Apasra Hongsakula: 50th crowning anniversary
This month marks the golden anniversary of Apasra Hongsakula‘s crowning as the 1st Miss Universe from Thailand. She was crowned on 28th of July 1965 at the Miami Beach Auditorium in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. She is the 2nd Asian to win the title.
Did you know that five baby girls were given the name “Apasra” in the United States in 1965, following her victory?
She was warmly welcomed by Thai people during her homecoming and has since then became a good role model to the society. In fact, she was also appointed “cultural ambassador” by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Aspara has made Miss Universe a household name in Thailand and has set a standard to young Thai beauty queens. She has also judged the Miss Universe Thailand pageant many times, and has returned to Miss Universe as a judge in 1973 and 1979.