Nat Rern was crowned Miss Cambodia 2017 on September 1, 2017, which also happened to be her 22nd birthday! Rern is the second Miss Cambodia to go to Miss Universe, and therefore if she places at Miss Universe, she would be the very first Miss Cambodia to place at Miss Universe!
Rern has had the past year and a half to prepare herself for Miss Universe. Rern works as a Cambodian Fashion and print model, as well as a club DJ.
When announced she would be headed to Miss Universe, she exclaimed, “I realized that I still have a long way to go, especially when it comes to my communication skills. But I am confident that by staying focused and persevering, I can make Cambodia, and Cambodians proud.”
Rern is an advocate for the underprivileged sections of the society of Cambodia, and has made it her goal during her reign to ring a change and address the issue of inequality. Making this her platform for her Pageantry and title. If she were to win Miss Universe she would take her message of inequality across the world.
By winning Miss Cambodia Rern was not guaranteed to hold the Miss Universe Cambodia spot the following year however during a press conference that took place on May 20, 2018, and since that date Rern has been seen in her Miss Universe Cambodia 2018 sash and not her Miss Cambodia 2017 sash.