Beauty queens Samantha Lo, Coco Arayha Suparurk cross paths

by FM Ganal
Oct 20, 2019
Miss Grand Thailand 2019 Coco Arayha Suparurk (center) and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo (right) pose for a selfie during the Miss Grand International 2019 preliminaries in Venezuela. They also had a shot with Miss Grand Venezuela 2019 Lourdes Valentina Figuera Morales (left).
PHOTO/S: @coco.arayha on Instagram

Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo and Miss Grand Thailand 2019 Coco Arayha Suparurk crossed paths at the Miss Grand International 2019 competition in Venezuela.

The two beauty queens posed for a selfie amid the earlier controversy that the Thai beauty queen got embroiled in with local pageant fans.

In July 2019, Coco posted body-shaming comments against Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on social media, which earned the ire of Pinoy pageant fans who didn't think twice about bashing the Thai candidate.

At the same time, Samantha was among the Filipina beauty queens who reacted to the controversial issue by taking a swipe at the Thai beauty queen.

She gave her take by posting a witty comment on Instagram Stories.

Answering a fan who asked "What is your thought about what miss grand thailand said about miss universe?", the Cebuana beauty queen quipped that the Thai beauty queen wasn't invited to "pizza night with Cat and I."

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Today, Coco was among the beauty queens who welcomed Samantha to the Miss Grand International competition.

The two candidates also took a photo with their fellow beauty queen, Miss Grand Venezuela 2019 Lourdes Valentina Figuera Morales.

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SAMANTHA'S ROAD TO MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL

Samantha faced an ordeal at the start of her Miss Grand International journey when she had a traumatic experience at the Paris airport.

The Filipina beauty queen had a connecting flight to Venezuela from France, but she was reportedly detained at the airport and then deported from France when authorities found out she was carrying an alleged fake passport.

Samantha made it safely back to Manila through the help of "family and other well-meaning Filipinos," and then took another trip to Venezuela.

Upon arriving safely in Venezuela, Samantha broke her silence and gave her side of the story through an Instagram update posted on October 19, Manila time.

Published verbatim, she wrote, "Despite what happened last week and the trauma that came with it, I have moved forward and pursued this journey knowing that I did not intentionally commit any of the acts that have been unfairly attributed to me.

"But yes, my local organizer, who handled my travel preparations, failed to equip me with the proper transit visa that may have enabled me to complete my earlier trip to this host country.

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"Moreso, it wasn't them who got me out of detention and put me safely on that plane to come back home. It was my family and other well-meaning Filipinos who did - and they are still not resting until this is over.

"And when this is all over, I hope to bring home the crown and glory to the Philippines and our people.

"It is not easy for me to do this - I still struggle with the fear and the trauma of recent days - but I know there is a bigger picture here and I will not let such fear silence me or deter me from the grand task ahead."

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The Miss Grand International 2019 coronation night is scheduled on October 25.

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Miss Grand Thailand 2019 Coco Arayha Suparurk (center) and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo (right) pose for a selfie during the Miss Grand International 2019 preliminaries in Venezuela. They also had a shot with Miss Grand Venezuela 2019 Lourdes Valentina Figuera Morales (left).
PHOTO/S: @coco.arayha on Instagram
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