The 27th Miss Tiffany’s Universe transgender beauty pageant came to a conclusion at a gala ceremony in Pattaya, Thailand, on May 6.
As hair was being styled, eyelashes applied, and lips glossed in the backstage dressing room, outside the pageant venue members of the Miss Tiffany’s cabaret cast mingled with the audience and tourists, receiving banknotes for the opportunity for an up close and personal photo to take back home.
Soon to much fanfare and applause the the night’s entertainment and judging got underway with each of the contestants strutting their stuff before an appreciative audience.
Held annually since 1984, the Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant is broadcast nationwide to an audience of more than 15 million.
Proceeds raised by the contestants during the competition are used to provide support to the less fortunate, as well as the royally-sponsored AIDS Foundation. The aim of the pageant since it began has been to promote the rights and equality and improve the quality of life for transgender persons in Thailand. Contestants are required to have Thai nationality and be aged between 18 and 25.
By the end of the evening’s proceedings 21-year-old Sirapatsorn Attayakorn (ศิรภัสสร อัฒยกร) from Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, a third year communications student standing 173cm (5’6″ tall), weighing 49kg (108lbs) and measures 34-25-36 had received the coveted Miss Tiffany’s Universe title for 2011. (See here for more of Miss Sirapatsorn Attayakorn, Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2011)
Behind the scenes at Miss Tiffany’s Universe slide gallery
Photos John Le Fevre
- Sirapatsorn Attayakorn: Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2011 (gallery)
- Serinapa Petchaboon: Miss Unlimited Sexy Star 2011 (gallery)
- Miss Unlimited Sexy Star 2011 photo special (gallery)
- Tiffany’s Universe transgender swimsuit competition 2011 photo special (gallery)
- Thailand’s most beautiful ladyboys line up for Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2011 (gallery)
He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.
He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.
In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.
Most recently he was the Thailand editor/ managing editor of AEC News Today . Prior to that he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.
In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.
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