Miss Tiffany's Universe

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Miss Tiffany's Universe
Formation1984
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersPattaya
Location
Membership
Miss International Queen
Official language
Thai
Websitewww.misstiffanyuniverse.com

Miss Tiffany's Universe (Thai: มิสทิฟฟานี่ยูนิเวิร์ส) is a beauty contest for Thai transgender women in Pattaya, Thailand. It has taken place annually since 1984.[1][2][3]

The contest is open to all transgender women who may or may not have gone through sex reassignment surgery.[4] "Ladyboy" or "kathoey" are commonly used terms in Thailand to describe effeminate gay male or transgender women. Each year, about 100 candidates from across Thailand apply to take part in the pageant. All contestants need to have Thai nationality and be between the age of 18 and 25. Contestants under the age of 20 are required to obtain parental permission to be eligible.[5] Contestants come from a variety of backgrounds, including university students, doctors, engineers, pharmacists, etc.[6] Once chosen to participate in the pageant, the contestants are judged based on physical attributes and overall performance in accordance to the feminine ideal.[7]

The Miss Tiffany's Universe winner receives a trophy and crown, Honda Jazz, cash prizes, jewellery, and other gifts from sponsors. Besides the overall winner, other awards include Miss Photogenic, Miss Sexy Star, Miss Congeniality, and Miss Popular Vote.[8] Miss Tiffany's Universe is Thailand's official representative to Miss International Queen.

The Miss Tiffany’s Universe contest held once a year is receiving more attention especially since it is broadcast live on Thai television with an average of 15 million viewers.

Miss Tiffany's Universe is a registered trademark of Tiffany's Show Pattaya Co, Ltd. The organization supports charity events for the less fortunate and supports The Royal-sponsored AIDS Foundation. The goal of this contest is to promote the rights and equality and improve the quality of life for transgender persons in Thailand. The pageant is also a source of significant income and opens up opportunities for pageant contestants.[6]

Miss Tiffany's Universe winners[edit]

Year Miss Tiffany's Universe Provinces Venue Host province Entrants
2018 Kanwara Kaewcheen[9]  Prachuap Khiri Khan Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2017 Rinrada Thurapan  Roi Et Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2016 Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin  Bangkok Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2015 Sopida Siriwattananukoon  Nonthaburi Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2014 Nitsa Katrahong  Prachuap Khiri Khan Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2013 Nethnapada Kanlayanon  Samut Prakan Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2012 Panvilas Mongkol  Bangkok Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2011 Sirapassorn Atthayakorn  Chiang Mai Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2010 Nalada Thamthanakorn  Bangkok Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2009 Sorrawee Nattee (resigned)  Songkhla Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
Wirittorn Narapatpimol (successor) Unknown Unknown
2008 Kangsadal Wongdutsadeekul  Kanchanaburi Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2007 Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn  Maha Sarakham Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2006 Ratravee Jirapraphakul  Lopburi Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2005 Tiptantree Rujiranon  Sing Buri Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2004 Treechada Petcharat  Phang Nga Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2003 Pantawan Jaruwatthananukul Unknown Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2002 Thanyaporn Aunyasiri Unknown Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2001 Piyathida Sakulthai Unknown Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
2000 Chanya Moranon Unknown Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
1999 Phatreeya Siri-ngamwong  Nakhon Si Thammarat Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
1998 Thanakorn Wongprasert Unknown Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30
1984 Peerada Ratchakorn Unknown Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya  Chonburi 30

Winners by province[edit]

Provinces Titles Winning Years
 Bangkok
3
2010, 2012, 2016
 Prachuap Khiri Khan
2
2014, 2018
 Roi Et
1
2017
 Nonthaburi 2015
 Samut Prakan 2013
 Chiang Mai 2011
 Songkhla 2009
 Kanchanaburi 2008
 Maha Sarakham 2007
 Lopburi 2006
 Sing Buri 2005
 Phang Nga 2004
 Nakhon Si Thammarat 1999
Unknown Unknown
6
1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009*

Winners by region[edit]

Regions titles Best Performance
Thailand Bangkok and vicinity.png Bangkok Metropolitan
4
Bangkok(3), Samut Prakan(1), Nonthaburi(1)
Thailand South.png Southern
3
Songkhla(1), Phang Nga(1), Nakhon Si Thammarat(1)
Thailand Western Region.png Western Prachuap Khiri Khan(2), Kanchanaburi(1)
Central Thailand six regions.png Central
2
Sing Buri(1), Lopburi(1)
Thailand Isan.png Northeastern Maha Sarakham(1), Roi Et(1)
Thailand North six regions.png Northern
1
Chiang Mai(1)
Thailand East.png Eastern
0
Unknown Unknown
6

Representatives at Miss International Queen[edit]

Color key

  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the top Semi-Finalists
Year Representative's Name Province Placement Special awards
Thailand 2018 Kanwara Kaewcheen  Prachuap Khiri Khan
1st Runner-Up
  • Miss Photogenic
Thailand 2017 Rinrada Thurapan  Roi Et
2nd Runner-up
Thailand 2016 Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin  Bangkok
Miss International Queen 2016
  • Miss Ripleys Popular World
Thailand 2015 sopida siriwattananukoon  Nonthaburi
2nd Runner-up
  • Miss Photogenic
Thailand 2014 Nitsa Katrahong  Prachuap Khiri Khan
1st Runner-up
  • Miss Photogenic
  • Best National Costume
Thailand 2013 Nethnapada Kanrayanon  Samut Prakan
2nd Runner-up
  • Miss Photogenic
Thailand 2012 Panvilas Mongkol  Bangkok
2nd Runner-up
Thailand 2011 Sirapassorn Atthayakorn  Chiang Mai
Miss International Queen 2011
  • Miss Perfect Skin By Asoke Skin Hospital
Thailand 2010 Nalada Thamthanakorn  Bangkok
Top 10 Semi-Finalist
  • Best Evening Gown
Thailand 2008-2009 Kangsadal Wongdutsadeekul  Kanchanaburi
1st Runner-up
  • Miss Photogenic
Sorawee Nattee  Songkhla
Top 10 Semi-Finalist
  • Best National Costume
Thailand 2007 Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn  Maha Sarakham
Miss International Queen 2007
Thailand 2006 Ratravee Jirapraphakul  Lopburi
2nd Runner-up
Thailand 2005 Tiptantree Rujiranon  Sing Buri
2nd Runner-up
Thailand 2004 Treechada Petcharat  Phang Nga
Miss International Queen 2004
  • Best Swimwear

Past[edit]

Color key

  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the top Semi-Finalists

Queen of the Universe[edit]

Year Representative's Name Province Placement Special awards
United States 2003 Pantawan Jaruwatthananukul Unknown Unknown
Unplaced
United States 2002 Thanyaporn Aunyasiri Unknown Unknown
Queen of the Universe 2002
  • Miss Congeniality
United States 2001 Piyathida Sakulthai Unknown Unknown
Unplaced
United States 2000 Chanya Moranon Unknown Unknown
Queen of the Universe 2000
  • Best National Costume
United States 1999 Phatreeya Siri-ngamwong  Nakhon Si Thammarat
Queen of the Universe 1999
  • Best Evening Gown
United States 1998 Thanakorn Wongprasert Unknown Unknown
Unplaced

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chivers, Tom (2008-06-01). "Thai transvestites compete in Miss Tiffany Universe beauty pageant". The Telegraph. AFP. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ Miss Tiffany's Universe 2012 | Bangkok Post: multimedia
  3. ^ Miss Tiffany's Universe 2011 in Pictures - Pattaya Mail
  4. ^ "Thailand crowns its newest transgender beauty queen".
  5. ^ "Sequins, spangles and tiaras: The beauty pageant full of gorgeous women with a shocking surprise – they were all born men".
  6. ^ a b "Student wins Miss Tiffany Universe transgender pageant in Pattaya". www.ChinaPost.com.tw. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  7. ^ Jackson, Peter. Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 9789888083046.
  8. ^ "Miss Tiffany's Universe 2016". misstiffanyuniverse.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  9. ^ Pupattanapong, Chaiyot (1 September 2018). "Rajabhat student crowned Miss Tiffany's Universe". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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