In Bangkok over the weekend, Thai people proudly showed off their country's most beautiful girls in the annual Miss Thailand contest.
Girls parading in Thai national dress (5 shots)
Parade in bathing suits (7 shots)
Top five contestants parade
Runner-up being interviewed by compare
Miss Thailand being crowned
Winner posing for photographers (2 shots)
Winners parading in front of crowd
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Background: In Bangkok over the weekend, Thai people proudly showed off their country's most beautiful girls in the annual Miss Thailand contest.
A large crowd of locals and tourists assembled to watch the event, one of the most popular crowd-pullers in the country.
The girls were first paraded in their national costumes and later in bathing suits which had been the cause of some consternation before the contest began -- under Thai law, backless dresses are forbidden in public. For the beauty contest however, officials and government officers arranged a compromise.
Girl-watching experts pronounced this year's contest as being the best over, with contestants from all parts of the country being represented.
Traditionally, the runners-up were announced to the crowd first. In second place was Saeng-arun Jitchai, and Sudshaleo Rodbundham took third place in the official listings.
The winner was twenty-year-old Kanok-on Boonma -- a grocer's daughter from the district of Chachoengsao. She won by a clear margin in a decision which was popular with the crowd.
It was the twenty-first Miss Thailand contest, and the organisers are predicting an even more successful event for 1973.