Hindi man pinalad ang pambato ng Pilipinas na masungkit ang unang korona sa naganap na Miss Grand International sa Bangkok, Thailand, tila isang tagumpay pa rin para sa Filipino pageant camps ang pagkapanalo ni Abena Akuaba Appiah ng USA na siyang nakasungkit ng Miss Grand International title.
Si Abena Akuaba Appiah ang first African-American Miss Grand International title holder na masasabing gumawa ng marka sa Thai-based beauty pageant.
Sa pamamagitan ng isang mahabang social media post ng isa-isang pinasalamatan ni Abena ang mga taong naging bahagi ng kaniyang tagumpay kabilang na ang kilalang Filipino pageant camp.
“Last night I walked down the stage of @missgrandinternational surrounded by beautiful women from all across the world. I want to highlight them for being examples to the girls and women in their countries and around the world. I want to encourage them to continue to stand on their platforms. It is true that together we can make this world more extraordinary for the future.
“With that said, I stand here today as your @missgrandinternational I accomplished the unthinkable for all the girls that look like me; I want you to know your hair is beautiful, your skin is flawless, and that you should wear all of it with pride and grace. We are enough; we are beautiful, we do not have to fit any beauty standards because we set our own. The first BLACK MGI Queen, the first to bring the golden crown home to the USA, and finally, a dream as a young three-year-old is now a reality.
“I want to say a big thank you to @nawat.tv , the judges, and @teresa.mgi for believing and trusting me with this great opportunity. I promise to cherish every moment and to be a great role model. I also want to thank my fantastic team for their hard work and dedication!
“Lastly, I want us to continuously remember the lost lives due to inequalities, injustices, and hate. May we lead with love, peace, and support. Continue to Say Their Names always, and may their lives live through us with purpose,” post ni Abena sa Instagram.
Sa bahagi rin ng mahabang post, bahagi ng pinasalamatan ng first African-American beauty ang Kagandahang Flores Camp at former Miss International na si Janicel Lubina.
Ang Kagandahang Flores camp ay siya rin pageant camp na humubog sa pambato ng Pilipinas sa Miss Grand International na si Samantha Bernardo.
“I could not have done it without my team
Team MGI USA @mua_hrivera
@yasincuevas and @e.mojus
Gowns/ national costume @vabylitalantican
Thai teacher: @wwrissara
My Personal Photographer: @lisagartistry
Model coach: @officialjanicel @jarid_krutui
My camp: @kfforcrownandcountry
My handler: @giovanni_couture
My nutritionist @nutritionsavvy_
Thank you for all your hard work I love you all ️” post ng Miss Grand title holder.
Hindi ang Miss Grand International ang unang pageant na sinalihan ni Abena, sa katunayan minsan na siyang nakalaban ni Mary Jean Lastimosa noong 2014 sa Miss Universe pageant sa Doral, Florida.
Bukod dito sumabak rin si Abena sa Miss Earth pageant dito sa Pilipinas kung saan nagtapos siya sa top 20.
Sa ngayon, kasalukuyang nasa Bangkok, Thailand si Abena kasama ang Pinay beauty na si Samantha Bernardo, Ivana Batchelor, Aurra Kharishma at Lala Guedes para sa magkakasunod na media activities matapos ang naganap na coronation night.