Amanda Obdam was raised an island girl in her hometown Phuket, south of Thailand. She graduated with honors from the University of Toronto with a degree in business administration.
Amanda is the co-founder of Batika Studio, a product line honoring traditional batik art through sustainable everyday clothing and tote bags. Amanda started volunteer work at a very young age after her hometown was hit by the 2004 Tsunami which caused devastation and tremendous loss on the island.
She worked with Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation teaching English to children affected by the Tsunami. Amanda sees that there is a lack of understanding for the illnesses in her country and is an advocate for mental health.
She started her "Have You Listened" campaign to promote listening with the intention to understand in the community. She believes that we can provide help by truly listening to one another.
Amanda completed an open water certificate in 2006 and has been diving since she was 14.
Amanda was a very adventurous child and would often come home with bruises and scars after an eventful day with her younger brother.
The first pageant Amanda entered was when she was 10 and was for Miss Noppamas in her hometown, Phuket. She is truly grateful to have a family that encourages her to go after her dreams.
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