THAI MODEL TAKES THIRD PLACE IN WORLD CONTEST Thai Supermodel wins third place. BANGKOK Thai supermodel, Nanthawan (Nan) Wannachutha, has put Thailand into the international spotlight for all the right reasons by placing third in the 20th Super Model World Contest held recently in Sichuan, China. Forty contestants from around the world entered the event to vie for the top prize and importantly to secure a top three finish to achieve not only considerable recognition but global marketability in the future. China beverage giant Blue Sword Group were the main sponsor of the pageant, with the top three place getters selected to become the new faces of the group’s range of beverage products that include the popular Viee Soya Milk drink. The finals were broadcast live in Sichuan to an audience of 40 million people, with the glittering occasion held in the auditorium of Happy Valley, a state-of-the-art integrated leisure, entertainment and fashion complex on the outskirts of Chengdu, one of China’s oldest cities with over 17 million residents. Ms Nanthawan said it was a privilege to appear in such a high-profile event on behalf of Thailand, especially at a time when the country was in the international media spotlight for political trouble.