Lees Garcia Issues an Open Letter in Defence of Miss Grand International
Miss Grand International Organization has been facing a lot of hurly-burly these days. While the pageant was praised across the globe a while back, getting admirations for its transparency and wonderful productions, the recent controversies has tarnished its image to some an extent.
However, when the titleholder is worthy enough, she will never let her organization face the false denigration and this is what precisely Lees Garcia did. Although her reign has been ended few months back, she still adores Miss Grand International organization very markedly.
Miss Grand International 2014, Lees Garcia who crowned Claire Parker today, issued an open letter on her official social media handle. The letter read:
“An open letter to Future Miss Grand Queens:
I was crowned Miss Grand International 2014. What does this mean?
It means that the moment I won, I had to be prepared for interviews from all around the world, with different cultures and languages, and ready to speak about what we’re all afraid to speak of. Pain, war, and suffering. I was ready.
It means that many nights I was in my new home in Thailand, preparing for a trip to a new country, not knowing what to expect, or preparing a speech, or thinking about the next step; missing my home but always knowing that some people never had a home to go to, and I had two. I was always grateful.
It meant that sometimes I had to take a flight at 3 am full hair and makeup going to a country where my hotel had soap upon request, and barely any roads to get there. I always knew that this didn’t matter, because my purpose was not to travel in luxury, my purpose as queen was not to demand hair and makeup in a place that barely has food and water. My purpose was for them, and not for myself.
It means that many times I left with little hands not letting me go, tears in my eyes, not enough to give, and images I can never forget, but at the moment I cannot remember whether my hair looked good or my pictures were beautiful, because it didn’t matter then.
My experience as Miss Grand International was actually never really my experience, it was for me to show others what I had to give, to respect my position as much as others respected me as queen, and to respect everyone around me because they had chosen me to go on the journey.
Now, I will tell you right now the war is no safe place. The war is everywhere and dangers surround us even in our backyards. It takes a crazy person to wear this crown and take a flight to Syria. And yes, it’s scary. It’s really scary. Actually, it’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but I guess like Mr Nawat I shared a passion for the cause, and I trusted that he would take care of me. And indeed, he did, the organization always did.
The truth is to be Miss Grand is beyond a beauty pageant, it’s a true duty, and you have to be committed, prepared, and selfless. You have to be ready to make sacrifices, and go outside of your comfort zone. You have to be READY.
I hope with all my heart for Miss grands to come, to understand the position and commitment, and to understand that this kind of job is only one that can be done by a strong woman, with a desire to make a change and with a genuine heart.
Thank you to all the fans and supporters and my amazing Thailand. You are part of my family, I love you. And for you, future Miss Grand International, keep fighting!!”
You can find the original letter at Lees Garcia’s official Facebook handle, here at this link.
Lees Garcia’s open letter has once again turned the tables, putting Anea Garcia on the flawed side, like the organization erstwhile referred to her as “demanding”. But the way, Lees Garcia has tackled the matter is laudable truly. Miss Grand International 2014, Lees Garcia is indeed a true beauty queen and her words have yet again won the hearts of her fans worldwide.