From Dancer to Royal Consort to Aspiring MP: A Princess’s Life Remembered 

Ouk Phalla was one of the country’s most prominent Apsara dancers.

Two weeks ago, Princess Norodom Ouk Phalla was on the cusp of a new stage in life: vying for a parliamentary seat in upcoming national elections.

If voted in, her new status as a National Assembly member would have completed her transformation from classical Apsara dancer to consummate political spouse. Princess Ouk Phalla stood at the top of the Funcinpec Party candidacy list for Prey Veng, and by all accounts was excited to continue supporting her husband, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, in a more active role.

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