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One for the record! Miss Thailand 2012 is the one obviously with crown
Richard Stenning of Guinness World Records presents certificate to TAT and organisers of Hatyai Fashion Festival
Richard Stenning of Guinness World Records verified and certified that Hatyai Fashion Festival had the world's biggest number of models at 336 during one nonstop fashion show with each model appearing just once apart from the grand finale when all 336 appeared!
A new World Record was established on 18 August 2012 in Hatyai with 336 models for the most number of models on a catwalk!
Fashion TV, the world's favourite nonstop fashion channel, was there too and filmed me nonstop!
Kee Hua Chee almost made it on the catwalk! Note his face on shirt and groin!
Kee Hua Chee proved he was a VIP during the show
Not to be outdone, Angelina Fernandez also strutted her thigh
Kee Hua Chee opened his legs to show his croth painted with his face
Seated Malaysian beauties who should have been on the catwalk too
Well, Kee Hua Chee made it on the catwalk by sitting on it
Notice one model at the back decided to show off her leg!
THE RECENT HATYAI FASHION FESTIVAL ON 18 AUGUST 2012 ESTABLISHED A NEW WORLD RECORD WITH THE MOST NUMBER OF MODELS AT 336!
THE RECORD NUMBER OF MALE AND FEMALE, THAI AMD FOREIGN MODELS, WAS APPROVED AND VERIFIED BY GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, THE WORLD'S ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON STANDARDS.
Of course being Malaysia's most fabulous, funkiest and flamboyant fashionista, I was accorded front row seat with Angelina Fernandez and Kalpana of Firefly.
I was photographed extensively as usual by all the media since I wore my signature shirt with my sexy face painted front and back and pants with my smirking, tongue hanging out face also front and back. Of course this means I was sitting on my face but better me than someone else.
The epic event was supposed to start from 4 till 8pm but I was late as I was returning from Songkhla after sightseeing as you will know if you read my earlier posts.
So I arrived with Rebecca Saw around 5pm. The ushers smiled and waved me in while someone from the organising committee walked me to my seat.
Ten minutes later Rebecca appeared with a VIP tag around her neck so I demanded to know why I was not issued one. "You have to register!" she and fellow VIPs hollered.
Well, since I looked so rich and famous and fabulous I supposed my face(s) was my entry card! But I did go to the counter at the entrance to register as I wanted the VIP tag as souvenir.
Just as well I swanned in late as there were only dances and singing as the fashion show would start around 6pm.
The local organisers and VIPs made speeches and then declared the show opened. Alas, the curtain that was supposed to drop and reveal the models behind got jammed!
There were subdued titters as the Thais are very polite and little gremlins are bound to happen. A quick tug and the blue cloth dropped to reveal 6 gorgeous 'farang' models.
Each white model wore a T shirt with a single alphabet which spelled 'H A T Y A I'.
Then came the male models who elicited the most catcalls from women and quite a few men of certain persuasion! After all, female models are not as rare as male ones.
However, as the models continued, I noticed some looked, shall we say, unmodelish? I mean, having been a model myself and walked the catwalk and mingled with models, I know a model when I see one. Or at least know who qualifies as a model and who does not. This Hatyai show was not a personality contest and guys who are 5ft 6 in or women under 5ft 2 in cannot be considered as catwalk models.
These midgety folks can qualify as talents and appear in TV commercials or print media where height does not matter but the Hatyai event was a catwalk fashion show!
These group were far too short to be on the catwalk and worse, not beautiful or handsome enough! Thailand is full of gorgeous men and women so I was miffed to see less-than-alluring species on the catwalk.
I presume Hatyai, being a small city and not exactly the epicentre of fashion, is not overflowing with beautiful models and all the professional ones had to be flown or driven from Bangkok.
This would entail heavy transport costs and they had to be put in at least a 3 or 4 star hotel plus they had to be fed and watered.
Really the organisers should have asked me and the Malaysian contingent to model as well since we were a good looking bunch.
But the show was fun and interesting to watch. I also made sure each model came out only once and they did! Otherwise there would have been a thousand rounds by the models if each came out thrice!
There was no changing room which would have been another logistical nightmare as all the models simply wore what they were supposed to and were not required to change.
The show lasted nearly one and half hours and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. The emcee kept announcing the number of models as it rose from 200 to 250 to 280 and surpassed 282 which broke the old record!
The emcee exclaimed, "We are now 283 models and have broken the old record!"
More models strutted and there was even a segment on dakwah fashion or Islamic attire with the hair (aurat) all covered in modest apparel.
The show ended with a new record established at 336 models!
Thus smashing the old record of 282 models by 54 models!
The old record was also set in Thailand but in Bangkok. The fashion show was organised by Have a Good Dream Co., Ltd and Thai Beverage Marketing Co Ltd. Both were Thai companies and held the show at The Esplanade on 20 April 2010. Too bad, so sad they have lost the title of 'Most Number of Models on a Catwalk' title to Hatyai on 18 August 2012! But holding the record for 2 years was good enough!
Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 and my dear, dear personal friend as I interviewed her in Kuala Lumpur at Royal Chulan Hotel and we went out dating in Bangkok, was supposed to attend. I was agog with excitement as I lost my Nokia and hence her handphone number.
Natalie was married to Thailand's best tennis player and star Paradorn Srichaphan who is tall, dark and handsome! I never met him though Natalie was supposed to bring me home to introduce me to him but at the last minute he said no. No wonder they split early last year!
Anyway, Natalie Miss Universe 2005 remains in Thailand running several ventures but alas and alack, she did not turn up at Hatyai Fashion Festival to my immense sorrow. Maybe next time I will have better luck as it would be so nice to see her again as she really is stunningly beautiful and gorgeous beyond words and is really a nice person too with good sense of humour and I cannot praise her enough. Ex-hubby Paradorn must have his brains examined to divorce her.
Instead Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) rolled out the reigning Miss Thailand 2012 who of course was a vision also an she smiled at me several times from the stage.
After the final photocall with the big bosses, VIPs and organisers the show ended and I joined MY big bosses Datuk Wong Sai Mun and David Yeo and their wives for dinner with Angelina and co. At the nearby restaurant we were served by a charming waitress, very fair and pretty and 2 dishy waiters and we all agreed these trio should also have modelled on the catwalk.
As the catwalk was 3 minutes from their restaurant, they could model and then put on their aprons and continue waiting at tables!
Anyway I was feeling rather peeved and petulant after the fashion show and while waiting for Datuk Wong Sai Mun of The Star, I stormed the backstage to waylay Richard Stenning, the arbiter of the new world record. I was still disgruntled over the model issue.
Richard Stenning, Sales & Distribution Executive of Guinness World Records Ltd, is also rather handsome and I told him he too should have been modelling on stage together with me.
"Oh I couldn't," he gasped. "I was busy backstage collecting a copy of each model's signed contract along with a copy of their passport or ID card to prove their identity."
Stenning admitted not all were professional models. "Not all used over the day were professional and those who weren't were not counted. To make the record legitimate, one of the Guinness World Records' requirements is that each model must be signed to a professional modelling agency. In order to account for this, I was backstage collecting each model's signed contract."
So all well that ended well and so a new world record was set in Hatyai for the world's biggest number of models on a catwalk at 336!
All eyes were on the reigning Miss Thailand
Kee Hua Chee taking his own photo at the historic occasion
This guy was so good looking but look at the length of his legs---he must be short!
Isn't he a wee bit too pudgy?
This guy received lots of catcalls as he was so gorgeous
Another chance to drool
This batch of male models was the best