Former beauty queen is Thailand’s new face in COVID-19 battle

Miss Thailand 2008, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul is now the assistant spokesperson of Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Her task in this new position is to update the public about the pandemic every weekend from May 23.

Born in 1988, Panprapa has built up a dazzling profile. She studied at the prestigious Triam Udom Suksa school before entering Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine.

At age 18, she entered Miss Teen Thailand and was awarded second runner-up. Two years later in 2008, Panprapa was crowned Miss Thailand at the age of 20. It had been her dream since childhood to become a beauty queen.

“I chose to study medicine because I want to serve society … I am interested in being a spokesperson too, because I want to express myself and believe communication is important, even for doctors,” she said.

Panprapa later studied for a master’s in dermatology at the Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, before joining the Dermatology Fellowship Programme at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. She also has media experience, having presented royal-news on MCOT HD 30 channel.

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