- Miss Laos Payengxa Lor traveled 48 hours to compete in Miss Universe.
- Lor’s journey to the game, which is in New Orleans this year, included five stops.
- Lor is the first Miss Laos to make the top 16 in Miss Universe history.
The Miss Universe contest brings together incredible women from all over the world – and some have to travel much further than others to make it to the pageant’s podium.
During the start of the 71st annual Miss Universe contest on Saturday, Miss Laos Payengxa Lor was revealed to have the longest journey.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and “Access Hollywood” star Zuri Hall, who served as backstage correspondents for the show, revealed that Lor traveled 48 hours to make the pageant – which takes place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lor’s journey included five stops.
The Miss Universe hosts added that Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel had the shortest commute of all contestants, four hours away from her hometown in Houston, Texas.
Miss Universe hosts Olivia Culpo and Jeannie Mai-Jenkins revealed during the broadcast that Lor placed in the top 16, becoming the first Miss Laos to make the semifinals in Miss Universe history.
According to her biography, Lor is the first Hmong woman to enter the Miss Universe competition.
The election queen taught herself English and became an English teacher. She works as a motivational speaker, works for the underprivileged and holds a silver medal in taekwondo.