Myanmar military coup has caught attention at the Miss Universe pageant, as Myanmarese contest Thuzar Wint Lwin on Sunday used the contest to speak out against the military junta.

The military seized power in Myanmar on February 1, and since then security forces have killed hundreds of protestors. The coup ended the country’s decade-long experiment with democracy after half a century of military rule.

Walking down the stage in traditional attire, Lwin rolled out a placard which read ‘Pray for Myanmar’.

According to reports, in a video message, she said, “Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day.”

Though Lwin did not make it to the last round of the Miss Universe competition, she won the award for Best National Costume. The outfit is based on the ethnic costume of her Chin people from northwestern Myanmar.

Recently, Myanmar’s former beauty queen, Htar Htet Htet, joined the rebels in opposition to the ruling junta. She shared photos of herself on social media, in a jungle with an assault rifle.

“Today marks 100 days since we lost everything,” wrote Htar Htet Htet, 32, in her social media post. “The time has come to fight back.”

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