By The Nation
Judges chose Paweensuda, 26, over more than 50 other contestants in the pageant’s final round at the Thunder Dome in Bangkok on Saturday night.
Miriam Sornprommas was first runner-up and Thanatchaphon Boonsang second runner-up.
Paweensuda, 180 centimetres tall, was born and raised in Canada. Her father is Canadian.
She graduated in kinesiology with first-class honours from the University of Calgary.
She moved to Thailand as an adult to pursue a career in modelling and deejaying.
She competed in several other beauty pageants, earning titles in some, prior to this year’s Miss Thailand Universe contest. She was second runner-up in the Miss Universe Thailand 2017 competition.
Paweensuda’s prizes are Bt1.5 million cash, a Volkswagen worth Bt3.8 million and a condominium worth Bt12 million. She will represent Thailand in vying for the Miss Universe title later this year in South Korea.