Miss Myanmar Stood Up to the Military Junta During the Miss Universe Pageant. Fears for her arrest when she goes home

Miss Myanmar Stood Up to the Military Junta During the Miss Universe Pageant. Fears for her arrest when she goes home


Miss Universe Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin who won the Best in National Costume in the recent Miss Universe 2021, faces arrest upon her return to Myanmar.

She stole everyone’s heart but not with her dress, swimsuit, or runway walk. Instead, it was her simple placard, which read, "Pray for Myanmar," that captured the world's attention, a moment of seriousness in an otherwise light-hearted event.

Her country is currently in deep political turmoil, earlier this year, the country's military junta seized power in a coup d'etat that has cost over 700 civilians their lives, detained over 3,000 protestors, and robbed the country of its democracy.

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Since then pro-democracy supporters have marched the streets of the country, including its Miss Universe contestant , Wint Lwin.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said in her final Q&A at the competition. “I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar. As Miss Universe Myanmar, since the military coup, I have been speaking out as much as I can.”

Her placard raising moment in the pageant ignited and revived international concern for th civil unrest in her country, From the streets of Myanmar to the stage of Miss Universe in Florida, U.S.A.


Myanmar authorities is waiting for her return.


Myanmar's military junta has been quick to call for the arrests of celebrities and "influencers" who speak out against the regime, and Wint Lwin fears she'll be next.

Over 5,000 outspoken celebrities have been issued arrest warrants, their fame doing nothing for their protection.In her journey for the Miss Universe, she left her country in a hoodie and glasses at the Yangon airport to avoid being recognized and arrested.

After all her actions in bringing attention for her country, she is not surprise if she will be arrested in her homecoming. Lwin fully knows that it wont be safe to return home, and currently she does not know where she will go.


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