Sindie Jensen, a lovely 21 year old half Thai girl from Frederiksberg in Denmark will represent Thailand in the Miss World finals to be held in China on 10 December 2005.
Sindie was initially elected 1st Runner Up to the title, but then the Australian winner withdrew from the contest and left the crown to Sindie, who in Thailand also goes by her Thai name Sirinya Jensen.
Thai-Danish Trade News talked to her a few days after the surprising out-come and found a happy but still a bit overwhelmed winner.
“I had not expected to be among the top three in this contest. I had just hoped for an interesting experience and the excitement of it all,” she said.
Sindie is now working hard in trying to live up to the trust placed in her by her second home country.
“When I am in Denmark I am Danish – but when I am in Thailand I also feel that I am Thai,” she says.
Sindie’s father is a pilot and she grew up in Denmark. In 2002 she graduated from Frederiksberg High School and last year she took a one year diploma from Copenhagen Business School.
As long as she can remember her family has had vacations in Thailand at least twice a year visiting her mother’s family in Ayutthaya.
The Christmas vacation last year was supposed to be held in Phuket. The family lived in a resort on Karon Beach. But a few days before Christmas Eve some friends invited them over to stay with them in Hua Hin instead.
“We were shocked when we watched on television how the tsunami hit the resort where we had just been staying. If we hadn’t moved I might very well not have been sitting here today.”
Former Miss Teen Denmark
The Miss World competition in Thailand is not the first time Sindie has taken part in a beauty contest. In 2001 she was crowned Miss Teen Denmark and as a 16 year old she was in the Miss World University contest held in Korea.
With the title Miss Thailand World comes a Toyota Camry and a check of 1 million Thai Baht. The crown itself is valued roughly at another million – if she would ever care to sell it.
As a winner, Sindie has committed herself to remaining in Thailand for a full year to work as a photo model, as TV studio host or any other presenter jobs, the organizer of the competition may land her.
“It has been all been quite overwhelming,” says Sindie who doesn’t mind at all the sudden recognition of her as the new Miss Thailand.
“Thai people are so nice. It is not annoying at all to be asked to write an autograph on a piece of paper – it’s fun!”
New friends and future
It is also quite new for Sindie for once in her life to be in Thailand not because she is with her parents but because of herself. Many of the more than eighty contestants in the competition have become close friends and they often go out together for a movie or a dinner.
What next is a question, Sindie prefers to answer when the coming year is over.
“If I am going to continue as a photo model it will be in Thailand or elsewhere in asia. In Denmark my type is not in big demand, but her it is sometimes an advantage to be a “look krueng.”