Apasra Hongsakula

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Apasra Hongsakula
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Hongsakula shortly after being crowned in 1965
Apasra Hongsakula

(1947-01-16) January 16, 1947 (age 72)
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
TitleMiss Thailand 1964
Miss Universe 1965
M.R. Kieatikhun Kitiyakara
(m. 1967; div. 1969)

Suthikiati Chirathivat
(m. 1985; div. 1995)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown

Apasra Hongsakula (Thai: อาภัสรา หงสกุล, RTGSAphatsara Hongsakun, pronounced [ʔàː.pʰát.sā.rāː hǒŋ.sā.kūn]; born in 1947 in Bangkok, Thailand) is a Thai model and beauty queen who has held the title Miss Universe 1965. She is the daughter of Group Captain Perm and Kayoon Hongsakula. She was the first woman from Thailand to win the Miss Universe crown in history.


Apasra was born and raised in Bangkok, but she was sent to learn English at a girls secondary school in Penang, Malaysia.[1]

She married a first cousin of Queen Sirikit, by whom she has a son. The marriage ended long ago in divorce,[2] but she remains a revered social figure in the country. Her younger sister, Pavena, is a prominent political figure and former member of Parliament.

Her son Passakorn from her second marriage with Chirathivat, who in is 2017 chairman of the board of directors of Bangkok Post Plc., got officially engaged to Rasri Balenciaga on Dec. 8th 2017 in a ceremony presided over by princess Soamsawali.



In the 1964 Miss Thailand pageant held in Bangkok, Apasra Hongsakula, a high school student from Penang won the crown.

She then went on to compete in the 1965 Miss Universe pageant held in Miami Beach, Florida, United States where she was crowned 14th Miss Universe winner on July 28, 1965.


She returned to the pageant as a judge in 1973 and 1979.

Post Pageants[edit]


  • She is the third Thai representative at Miss Universe pageant.
  • She got some advice from Queen Sirikit about how to strike a pose and how to walk in the pageant before she went to Miami.
  • Her Thai nickname is "Pook"
  • Apasra was presented a new crown by Miss Universe Organization and was crowned again at a private function by Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones of Mexico in 1992 when Thailand hosted the 1992 Miss Universe pageant. Most Miss Universe titleholders in the old days did not get to keep the crown.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Greece Corinna Tsopei
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Sweden Margareta Arvidsson
Preceded by
Sucheela Srisomboon
Miss Thailand
Succeeded by
Cheranand Savetanand