- Thuzar joined protest rallies on the streets of Yangon, the country’s largest city, to push for Myanmar’s democratic reforms, months before she made her mark at the 69th Miss Universe competition on May 16, NextShark previously reported.
- During the National Costume competition, Thuzar wore a dress called “Fearless Empress,” created in the U.S. by Chin women.
- She brought a placard to the stage bearing the message, “Pray for Myanmar,” and wrote about her country’s plight in an Instagram post.
- Thuzar also spoke about the crisis during the finals night via a video recording that played after she made it to the top 21.
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- During the Miss Grand International 2020 finals show in March, Han spoke about the worsening situation in her country and urged people to help Myanmar, saying, “We need your urgent international help right now.”
- While Thuzar remained in the U.S., Han Lay reportedly remains under the care of Miss Grand International Organization in Thailand since the competition ended in March 2021, according to PEP.
- Multiple celebrities and social media personalities are currently facing arrests for alleged violations of Section 505(a) of Myanmar’s Penal Code, as documented by Twitter user @ElevenMyanmar.