Miss Tiffany's Universe

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Miss Tiffany's Universe
Formation1984
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersPattaya
Location
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 Tiffan'’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 Province Venue Host province Entrants
2018 Kanwara Kaewcheen[9] Prachuap Khiri Khan Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya Chonburi 30
2017 Rinrada Thurapan Bangkok 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 Prachuab 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
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 Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya Chonburi 30
2002 Thanyaporn Aunyasiri Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya Chonburi 30
2001 Piyathida Sakulthai Unknown Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya Chonburi 30
2000 Chanya Moranon 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 Tiffany's Show Theatre, Pattaya Chonburi 30
1984 Peerada Ratchakorn 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, 2017
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 6 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009*

Winners by region[edit]

Regions titles Best Performance
Bangkok Metropolitan 4 Bangkok(3), Samut Prakan(1), Nonthaburi(1)
Southern 3 Songkhla(1), Phang Nga(1), Nakhon Si Thammarat(1)
Western Prachuap Khiri Khan(2), Kanchanaburi(1)
Central 2 Sing Buri(1), Lopburi(1)
Northeastern Maha Sarakham(1), Roi Et(1)
Northern 1 Chiang Mai(1)
Eastern 0
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 Miss Tiffany's Universe Hometown Placement Special awards and
Continental Queen
2017 Rinrada Thurapan Roi Et 2nd Runner-up
2016 Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin Bangkok Miss International Queen 2016 Miss Ripleys Popular World
2015 sopida siriwattananukoon Nonthaburi 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2014 Nitsa Katrahong Prachuab Khiri Khan 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic, Best National Costume
2013 Nethnapada Kanrayanon Samut Prakan 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2012 Panvilas Mongkol Bangkok 2nd Runner-up
2011 Sirapassorn Atthayakorn Chiang Mai Miss International Queen 2011 Miss Perfect Skin By Asoke Skin Hospital
2010 Nalada Thamthanakorn Bangkok Top 10 Semi-Finalist Best Evening Gown
2008-09 Sorawee Nattee Songkhla Top 10 Semi-Finalist Best National Costume
2008-09 Kangsadal Wongdutsadeekul Kanchanaburi 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2007 Thanyarat Jiraphatpakorn Maha Sarakham Miss International Queen 2007
2006 Ratravee Jirapraphakul Lopburi 2nd Runner-up
2005 Tiptantree Rujiranon Sing Buri 2nd Runner-up
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

Miss Queen of the Universe Queen[edit]

Year Miss Tiffany's Universe Hometown Placement Special awards and
Continental Queen
2003 Pantawan Jaruwatthananukul Unknown
2002 Thanyaporn Aunyasiri Unknown Miss Queen of the Universe 2002 Miss Congeniality
2001 Piyathida Sakulthai Unknown
2000 Chanya Moranon Unknown Miss Queen of the Universe 2000 Best National Costume
1999 Phatreeya Siri-ngamwong Nakhon Si Thammarat Miss Queen of the Universe 1999 Best Evening Gown
1998 Thanakorn Wongprasert Unknown

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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