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On Sept. 26 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Mister Global male beauty pageant saw men from more than 35 countries around the world compete for the annual title. The theme of this year’s event was “Inspiring Gentleman,” and all of the contestants seemed to fit the bill, as each of the guys was not only handsome (no surprise there) but looking to highlight their heritage on the global stage.
The Mister Global male beauty pageant was founded in 2014 and over the years has had contestants from more than 60 countries represented. One aim of the pageant has always been environmental awareness, and this year the pageant helped raise funds for an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
This year/s Mister Global title went to Jong Woo Kim of Korea, a 23-year-old model and student. (Funny enough, just days prior, another Korean guy named Hojin Lee took home the title of another male beauty pageant, Man of the Year.) While Jong Woo Kim holds the title, he’s expected to participate in charitable projects.
Among the other men who made it to the finals are Houssem Saïdi of Tunisia (first runner-up), José Luis Rodrigo Navarro of Spain (second runner-up), Kenan Murseli of Switzerland (third runner-up) and Braulio Encarnación of Dominican Republic (fourth runner-up).
As always, the most visually enticing and talked-about competition of the Mister Global pageant is the National Costume Contest, during which each guy shows off his country’s heritage through an elaborate costume. “The winning costume is not about the size or design but the story and culture behind it,” says Kitti Kamjunsa, spokesperson of the male beauty pageant.
This year the National Costume Contest was won by the representative for Myanmar.