Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2016: Where transvestites charm all

UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2016 07:57 PM IST
Beauty contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin (C) is kissed by runner-ups after she was crowned the Miss Tiffany's Universe 2016 transvestite contest in the beach resort town of Pattaya, Thailand, May 14, 2016. (REUTERS)
Miss Tiffany’s Universe is a beauty contest with transgender contestants held in Pattaya, Thailand every May. (REUTERS)
It has been taking place every year since 2004. (REUTERS)
About 100 candidates from across Thailand apply to take part in the pageant each year. (REUTERS)
Effeminate gay male or transgender women are called Ladyboy in Thailand. (REUTERS)
A prerequisite for the contest is that all contestants need to have Thai nationality and be between the age of 18 and 25. (REUTERS)
Winners are chosen in categories such as Miss Photogenic, Miss Sexy Star, Miss Congeniality and Miss Popular Vote as well in the contest. (REUTERS)
A beauty contestant prepares backstage before the final of the contest. (REUTERS)
Another beauty contestant prepares backstage. (REUTERS)
Thailand uses this pageant to promote Pattaya as a resort city and to improve Pattaya’s image abroad. (REUTERS)

Beauty contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin (C) is kissed by runner-ups after she was crowned the Miss Tiffany's Universe 2016 transvestite contest in the beach resort town of Pattaya, Thailand, May 14, 2016. (REUTERS)

Miss Tiffany’s Universe is a beauty contest with transgender contestants held in Pattaya, Thailand every May. (REUTERS)

It has been taking place every year since 2004. (REUTERS)

About 100 candidates from across Thailand apply to take part in the pageant each year. (REUTERS)

Effeminate gay male or transgender women are called Ladyboy in Thailand. (REUTERS)

A prerequisite for the contest is that all contestants need to have Thai nationality and be between the age of 18 and 25. (REUTERS)

Winners are chosen in categories such as Miss Photogenic, Miss Sexy Star, Miss Congeniality and Miss Popular Vote as well in the contest. (REUTERS)

A beauty contestant prepares backstage before the final of the contest. (REUTERS)

Another beauty contestant prepares backstage. (REUTERS)

Thailand uses this pageant to promote Pattaya as a resort city and to improve Pattaya’s image abroad. (REUTERS)

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