Krakow, Poland – Mister Global, an annual beauty pageant for men that has been around for five years, has just crowned its 2019 winner and it was South Korea‘s Jong Woo Kim who won the coveted title. He beat the 37 other contestants from across the globe during the finals held last week in Bangkok.
Runners up include Tunisia’s Houssem Saïdi, José Luis Rodrigo Navarro from Spain, Kenan Murseli from Switzerland, and Braulio Encarnación from the Dominican Republic.
Poland‘s Michał Jan Grudzień and the Czech Republic‘s Thanh Tung Cao finished outside the Top 5. In previous editions, Tomáš Martinka from the Czech Republic was crowned Mister Global 2016 while Jakub Kucner from Poland came close, finishing 3rd last year.
As any beauty pageant fan knows, the best part of the competition is the National Costume Show, when each model is asked to wear clothing that honours and celebrates their country’s heritage. “The winning costume is not about the size or design but the story and culture behind it,” explains Kitti Kamjunsa, spokesperson of the pageant.
While Myanmar took home the award for best costume, Poland and the Czech Republic certainly did their best.
Mister Global has been quickly growing in credibility and quality year after year since it’s creation in 2013 and is said to be part of the Top 5 Grand Slam Male Pageants with Mr. World, Mister International, Mister Supranational and Manhunt International.
“We have good quality contestants and great support from our national directors from around the world,” said Kitti Kamjunsa. “We have also garnered much support from our many fans that follow us on our website and official page, and most importantly, we are true on our advocacy on Environmental Awareness and charity cause.”
In fact, while the Mister Global competition was able to raise money for an organisation that takes care of elephants in Thailand, each contestant also has to show environmental awareness and work with different charities and projects. This year’s winner, 23-year-old police administration student Jong Woo Kim, will become a Global Goodwill Ambassador and participate in environmental and charitable projects.
You can check out all the Mister Global 2019 National Costume Portraits. While we’re at it, here are our ten favourite costumes from this year’s edition: