Story of beauty queen-turned-rebel leader told by daughter in the book, Miss Burma

Miss Burma is a fictionalised account of the lives of Charmaine Craig’s mother, Louisa Benson Craig (above), and grandparents.
Miss Burma is a fictionalised account of the lives of Charmaine Craig’s mother, Louisa Benson Craig (above), and grandparents.PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHARMAINE CRAIG
Miss Burma is a fictionalised account of the lives of Charmaine Craig’s mother, Louisa Benson Craig, and grandparents.
Miss Burma is a fictionalised account of the lives of Charmaine Craig’s mother, Louisa Benson Craig, and grandparents.

Charmaine Craig fictionalises the legend of her mother, Myanmar's first Miss Universe contestant and revolutionary leader, in Miss Burma

What is it like to have a legend as a mother? To be the daughter of a fabled beauty queen-turned-rebel leader with a price on her head, a woman who commanded such respect that people would fall to their knees in her presence?

"It was everything from terrifying to inspiring," says Charmaine Craig, the American daughter of the late Louisa Benson Craig, Burma's first Miss Universe contestant in 1956, who went on to be a leader of the Karen National Liberation Army.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'Beauty queen at war'. Print Edition | Subscribe