Monday, 7 August 2017 : The search is on for young Thais to follow in the footsteps of Chutima “Namwan” Netsuriwong, who last month in Prague became the first contestant from Thailand to be crowned Miss Deaf World.
The Promotion and Development of the Arts Thai Deaf Club (PDAD) will on Aug 15 begin accepting applications from young hearing-impaired people with acting talent for the Miss & Mister Deaf Thailand contest.
Preliminary rounds in the competition will continue through Oct 31 with the final round set for Feb 3.
The two winners will represent Thailand in the Miss & Mister Deaf World competition and the runner-up couple will go on to compete for Miss & Mister Deaf International.
PDAD president Viroj “Nab Dao” Ongapichart said the aim was to demonstrate that “people can’t choose their birth, but they can choose who they become”.
Viroj is chief organiser of Miss & Mister Deaf Thailand and hosts the Miss Deaf Queen Thailand contest held every other year.
Tonfon Phumla, deputy director of Miss & Mister Deaf Thailand, has normal hearing and has for four years worked alongside hearing-impaired volunteers in organising the contest.
Everyone has a separate “day job” and no one gets paid to help run the event, she said, but there is ample reward in helping young people fulfil their potential.
Tonfon pointed out that past contestants have gone on to careers in the limelight, including actress Thanchancok “First” Jittakul and model Natthasit “Mos” Limthammaloet.
Chutima’s triumph in the Czech Republic made her the 17th person to wear the Miss Deaf World crown and only the second from Asia.
“Namwan has been deaf since a young age and learned to read lips, so she could attend school with normal hearing peers,” Tonfon said.
She earned a 3.1 grade point average.
As well as engaging in volunteer work, she’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in home economics and business administration at Rajamangala University of Technology, Phra Nakhon.
Chutima received a partial scholarship to attend the university and has two friends with normal hearing from Thon Buri Vocational School helping her in her studies.
Source : Internet