Who is Thuzar Wint Lwin?
Thuzar Wint Lwin is a Myanmar’s Miss Universe contestant who used the international platform to raise awareness against the military junta whose soldiers have reportedly taken the lives of hundreds of opponents after seizing power from elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup on February 1.
Miss Universe Myanmar, Ma Thuzar Wint Lwin, is in Florida for the global pageant this week. After using her platform to protest the military coup in her country, she says she can’t return home and doesn’t know where she’ll go after the competition ends. https://t.co/KqKlZv5dcw
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 15, 2021
Thuzar Wint Lwin Age, Birthday
Born in 1999, Thuzar Wint Lwin is 22 years old as of the year 2021.
Thuzar Wint Lwin Height
- Waist Number: 07
- Age: 22
- Citizenship: Myanmar
- Height: 5′ 6″
- Bust: 34 inches
- Waist: 24inches
- Hips: 35 inches
Thuzar Wint Lwin Parents
An English major at East Yangon University, her path to the pro-democracy movement can perhaps be traced back to her childhood. She grew up in a middle-class household. Like many parents, her father, a businessman, and her mother, a housewife, dared not discuss the military government that was then in power.
One of her early memories was walking with her mother near Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon in 2007, when monks led nationwide protests against military rule. She was 7. As they neared the pagoda, soldiers broke up the protest by shooting their guns in the air. People started running. She and her mother ran, too.
“We were very scared,” she recalled. “We went to a stranger’s house and we were hiding.”
Thuzar Wint Lwin Biography
Ms. Thuzar Wint Lwin is part of the first generation in Myanmar to grow up fully connected to the outside world, and for whom a free society seemed normal. In 2015, the country seated democratically elected officials for the first time in more than half a century.
“We have been living in freedom for five years,” she said. “Do not take us back. We know all about the world. We have the internet.”
Before the coup, Ms. Lwin’s biggest ordeal came when she was 19 and had surgery to remove precancerous tumors from each breast, leaving permanent scars. She decided against having laser treatment to improve their appearance as a reminder of her success in preventing cancer.
“It’s just a scar and I’m still me,” she wrote in a recent post with photographs of the scars. “I met self-acceptance realizing nothing changed who I am and the values I set for myself. Now, when I see those scars, I feel empowered.”
Thuzar Wint Lwin Wiki
She began modeling when she was in high school and, after her father’s retirement, helped support the family. She is one of fewer than a dozen contestants from Myanmar ever to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, which was founded in 1952.
During the period from 1962 to 2011, when the Tatmadaw first ruled, Myanmar sent no contestants at all.
When Ms. Thuzar Wint Lwin arrived in Florida on May 7, she was told the suitcase with her outfits for the competition had been lost by the airline. Most contestants had already arrived and were busy rehearsing, making videos and having photoshoots.
As the week wore on, the bag still hadn’t arrived, but the pageant organizers were helping her with her gown.
Her national costume was among the missing items. People from Myanmar who live in the United States provided her with a stunning replacement of ethnic Chin origin. She wore it on Thursday to the applause of many in the crowd.
Soon after landing in Florida, she posted an autobiographical video on Facebook that would be unusual for any beauty pageant contestant: It shows her wearing formal gowns mixed with scenes of people fleeing tear gas and a soldier shooting a man who rode by on a motorbike.
Miss Mayanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin
Lwin did not get hold of the crown, but she won the Best National Costume award. For that round, the 22-year-old wore the ethnic costume of her Chin people from northwestern Myanmar. Northwestern Myanmar is currently the region where the army and anti-junta militia fighters are clashing a lot.
As Lwin paraded for the national costume round, she also held up a placard that read, “Pray for Myanmar”.
However, it’s not the first time, Lwin has spoken up for her country.
She is reportedly a pro-democracy person who has used her social media pages to criticize the current state of her country and take a stand against violence. Nicknamed Candy Thuzar, the 21-year-old is a final year English student from East Yangon University.
She is a beauty blogger and now works as a professional model for various brands
Miss Universe Myanmar
The 69th Miss Universe Competition saw a number of beauties compete against each other on Sunday, May 16, for the crown. Andrea Meza Of Mexico was crowned the winner of the pageant, but one contestant reportedly attracted a lot of attention because of her unusual but bold stand during the pageant.
In a video message, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Lwin said: “Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day. I would like to urge everyone to speak about Myanmar. As Miss Universe Myanmar since the coup, I have been speaking out as much as I can.”
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group, since the regime changed in February, nearly 790 people have been killed while more than 5,000 people have been arrested. The group also added that around 4,000 are still detained, which includes a number of celebrities.
After the military takeover in Myanmar, a widespread protest erupted in the country.
Before flying down to Florida for the beauty pageant, Lwin also joined the protests, where she held signs with slogans such as “We do not want military government,” while calling for the immediate release of Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since February 1.
She also shared the demonstration pictures on her Instagram with a caption that stated, “For the heros that sacrificed their lives in the fight for the freedom of our people, we will not forget and we will not stop. With the strength and motivation you have given us we will fight for our democracy. #whatishappeninginmyanmar #weneedR2PinMyanmar #justiceformyanmar #howmanydeadbodyneedforuntotakeaction.”
Thuzar Wint Lwin Facebook
Also on February 18, Lwin took to Facebook, where she shared her black-and-white pictures that showed her blindfolded, with tape over her mouth and her hands bound. “They blind us They tie us But our cries are louder than their violence…. #CivilDisobedienceMovement #SaveMyammar #WeNeedDemocracy #HearTheVoiceOfMyanmar #JusticeForMyanmar #myanmarmilitarycoup,” she wrote in the caption. Lwin, who also goes by the name Candy, also said as reported by The New York Times: “The soldiers patrol the city every day and sometimes they set up roadblocks to harass the people coming through. In some cases, they fire without hesitation. We are scared of our own soldiers. Whenever we see one, all we feel is anger and fear.