Making of The Chasing of Light by Miss Universe Thailand,The inspiration for the costume came from a Thai native tale telling about the happening of lightning and thunder from The story of Ramayana.
Maria Poonlertlarp’s National Costume for Miss Universe 2017 There was once a fairy name Mekhala (goddess of lightning) who had a magic crystal. She accidentally met Giant Ramasoon (god of thunder). He asked her for the magic crystal but she did not give him which made him angry. Mekhala wanted to tease him by soaring into the air tempting him to follow her. During the chase the crystal was shinning caused lightning the giant threw his diamond hammer at her which caused thunder.
There are 2 figures in this costume. Mekhala is the puppet while Miss Universe Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp Maria Lynn Ehren, is in the costume Ramasoon. The costume is in modern Thai style. Copper and brass were specially woven in the material; Swarovski stones decorate the costume, the headdress and shoes. Mekhala’s costume has LED light and shinning crystal whereas Ramasoon’s hammer is made of gold plated acrylic. NATIONAL COSTUME DESIGNED BY ประภากาศ อังศุสิงห์ Prapakas Angsusingha