Twenty-one-year-old model Rern Nat has been crowned Miss Cambodia 2017 and is expected to represent Cambodia in the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Tourism International pageants.
Her coronation on Friday at NagaWorld, which sponsored the event, came after the top 20 finalists had a ten-day stay at the hotel.
The ten days included involvement in corporate social responsibility initiatives, including tree planting and a football clinic.
On the coronation evening, the 20 finalists fashioned cocktail dresses, evening gowns and traditional Khmer silk attire, leading to some heated deliberation by the judges.
“After some tough deliberation, the judges selected the final five who each answered one question from the panel,” a statement by NagaWorld said.
The other place-getters were Kha Annchhany in fourth, Long Punleu in third, Kem Sreykeo second and Keo Senglyhour as the first runner-up, before Nat was crowned as the coveted winner of Miss Cambodia 2017.
Nat, from Kampong Cham province, previously worked as a DJ on ABC Cambodia, and now works as a model after winning Freshie Girl 2014.
This year’s event was the second edition of the Miss Cambodia beauty pageant. Last year Sotheary Bee was crowned as the winner.