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  • Miss Tiffany Universe, July 20, 2019, Tiffany Theatre, Pattaya

    There was a record number of applicants for the 2019 Miss Tiffany's Universe contest as they lifted the usual 1000 Baht entry fee.

    There were approximately 250 lb applicants (along with around 150-200 supporters) making for over 400 lbs at the Central World ground floor on June 1, 2019. They spent the whole day to narrow the field down to the 32 contestants who will compete for the crown. The format remains similar to the previous years, with reality show format divided into 2 teams with activities that lead to the finals night. Two or so will be eliminated along the way.

    Here are a few videos - the first from Nisamanee Nutt - who has sponsored a prize of 50,000 Baht for a Miss Pherone award and she claims to have paid a million baht to be a sponsor - which may be true as they lifted the entrance fee this year. If all sponsors paid that level of support.



    Next is a long video with a selection of the 250 applicants going through the screening process. There are a number of beautiful applicants this year - which I think cements Thailand's standing of having the most beautiful lbs.



    For those who want to see the final 32 here's the last video



    There will be a number of promotional activities you can check for at Miss Tiffany Universe and also Miss Tiffany's Universe Facebook

    If you are in Bangkok of Pattaya during these activities, some of them are open to the public so you can have the chance to see some of the most beautiful lbs in Thailand.

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  • #2
    Nong Yoshi (Miss Tiffany Universe) has posted a vlog about the day - she's included English subtitles too, which is great.



    I should also mention that probably around 50% of the lbs trying this year are pre-op.

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    • #3
      Asians love their silly little sound effects on videos lol... cute little video tho. Adorable ladyboys.

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      • #4
        Betcha it's going to be super crowded. The Tiffany Showroom is only so big. Somebody should make a video/documentary, and I'll buy it. I think a lot of folks will.

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        • #5
          The full contest is always on Youtube shortly after Finals night, and they sell DVDs of the previous year's contest at the Tiffany Show Theatre.

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          • #6
            The reality series has started and here are the first 2 episodes (English subtitles). In addition the contestant photos and profiles are up (although in Thai) - there is also a swimsuit photo of them on the main Miss Tiffany Universe home page - you can also vote for your favorite to support her for the Miss Social Media Popularity award.

            Season 3 Episode 1


            Season 3 Episode 2


            According to my girlfriend and her friends, there is no one outstanding like in 2017 when Nong Yoshi won and Nong Rock was a very close 1st runner up. We shall see as the contest progresses.



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            • #7
              Some more videos of the Season 3 Reality Series competition:









              Just a reminder for anyone in Pattaya the week of July 20 - the finals night will be then, and there will be other activities during the week, some of which will be free to the public. Good chance to see some of the most beautiful lbs in Thailand!

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              • #8
                https://www.bangkokpost.com/photo/17...ostume-contest

                I like these better.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by George Pill View Post
                  Miss Grand International is a genetic girl beauty contest - certainly they are beautiful too, but definitely not ladyboys.

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                  • #10
                    I love both GG and LB's. Thailand has the most beautiful ones in all of Asia. Both of these should be shown in Vegas and would definitely become the best shows in Sin City. Thailand is the sexiest city in the world. Love 'em all.

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                    • #11
                      Episode 7 from the Reality series:


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                      • #12
                        The last 2 reality series before the final on July 20.





                        Also one video from Nisamee Nutt who is sponsoring the Pherone award for the contest


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                        • #13
                          The finals night winner, number 30 and 1st runner up number 25.


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                          • #14
                            Here a video of the full contest:



                            For those who want to see something shorter - the swimsuit segment of the top 12 finalists - this year they have switched to a one piece swimsuit but still very nice.



                            I've got the names now for the top 3: Miss Tiffany Universe 2019 is Ruethaipreeya €œDear€ Nuanglee, number 30, 1st runner up is Thanyada €œName€ Kanpaipuen, number 25 and 2nd runner up is Patchara €œFirst€ Sripattanakul, number 14.

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                            • #15
                              A very nice article about Miss Tiffany Universe contest in Bangkok Post.

                              Miss Tiffany Universe pageant and its two-decades-long standing
                              as a platform for transgender women to bask in their own identity
                              Inside the theatre, spotlights illuminated the stage, sparks flew and confetti
                              dropped as a tall figure in an elegant sparkling gown walked forward with a smile
                              and waved to the cheering crowd. A crown was soon placed on her head. It was
                              another joyous night at Tiffany's Show Theatre in Pattaya last Saturday, where its
                              famous transgender beauty pageant Miss Tiffany's Universe crowned its 22nd
                              winner to continue the legacy of the first, biggest and longest-standing stage for
                              Thai transgender women.

                              The woman behind the pageant's success is Alisa Phantusak Kunpalin,
                              chairperson of Miss Tiffany's Universe Organisation and managing director of
                              Tiffany's Show Pattaya, who pioneered the pageant back in 1998.
                              Before taking on the beauty pageant, Tiffany's only put on cabaret shows, which is
                              something it's still famous for today and is considered one of the must-see shows
                              in Pattaya. It has featured transgender women as showgirls from the beginning,
                              and Alisa was always concerned about the mistreatment they receive from society.
                              "Back then, our transgender showgirls were always perceived with prejudice. In a
                              tourist town like Pattaya, our girls had to carry their staff ID card whenever they
                              went out to protect themselves, to prevent people and the authorities from
                              mistaking them for prostitutes. They were mistreated. And this affected us
                              because, as the executives, we need to be able to take care of them both inside
                              and outside the theatre," said Alisa.

                              "I have always questioned why people have to take issue with someone's gender.
                              And so the idea goes from just staff management to the point where we ask what
                              we can also do about society. Miss Tiffany's Universe was then born to put
                              transgender women in the spotlight."

                              After the pageant's inaugural year was successfully hosted at the theatre, Alisa
                              pushed for a live broadcast of the event in the following year to raise society's
                              awareness about transgender women and their existence. The pageant was first
                              broadcast nationally on ITV channel in 1999. There was no other stage for
                              transgender women at the time.

                              "It was a big hit, as it was something that has never happened before in the
                              country. It really made a stamp that we were the real deal," Alisa recalled. "At the
                              same time, it was very difficult to find sponsors because no one wanted to attach
                              their products to people of the 'third gender'."

                              Miss Tiffany's Universe continued to build its name in two decade-long stages.
                              Alisa said she devoted the first 10 years of the pageant to make people understand
                              who transgender women are, and how different they are from gay men.
                              "And when we reached a certain point, people began to realise who we are and
                              that our girls are gorgeous. But we also want to go beyond that simple
                              acknowledgment. We spent the next 10 years opening doors and opportunities, to
                              send a message that men, women and transgender people are all equally capable.
                              It's not necessary at all to push transgender people to be only make-up artists and
                              showgirls when they have the ability and the desire to do so many other things."
                              Prior to the show, we went backstage to meet some of this year's contestants.
                              Each of them came to Miss Tiffany's with hopes and dreams, some of which were
                              quite unexpected.

                              Contestant No.16 Nutchuda Lumphun, 25, said she wishes to become a member
                              of parliament to represent and develop her hometown in Nakhon Phanom
                              province. "On my own, I'm just a small person. But now as one of the Top 30
                              contestants, I consider myself a success. And if I can go even further, I'll have a
                              bigger voice to speak for my province," said Nutchuda, who works as an actress
                              and MC.

                              Contestant No.22 Sasipichaya Pakdee said she's also here in hopes of making her
                              voice louder. Onstage, she publicly advocated a law that would allow transgender
                              people to legally change their gender and title. This is her second time at the
                              pageant.
                              "A single law can turn our lives around. This is not for us to fool a man or other
                              shenanigans, but for us to get equal rights as other men or women," said the 24-
                              year-old student. "I come to Miss Tiffany's because it's the biggest stage for
                              transgender women. If I want my voice to be loudest, then I have to go to the
                              biggest stage there is."

                              Contestant No.26 Kodchaporn Pironrit, 26, works as a teacher at a state school in
                              Samut Prakan. It's been her dream to take part in Miss Tiffany's and, echoing
                              Alisa's earlier statement, she also wants to show society that transgender women
                              can be more than just make-up artists and showgirls.
                              "Many transgender people are talented and graduated with good grades, but still
                              many find it hard to get employed. I wish society could look at a person's skills too,
                              not only their gender," said Kodchaporn, adding that she joined the pageant with
                              the support of her school, fellow teachers and students.

                              As the local pageant continues to progress, Alisa also reached out to the world and
                              established the Miss International Queen (MIQ) pageant in 2004 to open the doors
                              even wider. The competition -- which has been held in Pattaya annually --
                              welcomed transgender beauty queens from all over the world to seek the ultimate
                              winner. The first title-holder was Poyd Treechada from Thailand who has since
                              become a superstar in this region. To date, four Thai contestants have won the
                              title, and almost always end up in the Top 3 of the competition.

                              Title-holders of Miss Tiffany's have gone on to become a model, actress, MC and
                              activist. But for MIQ, the level of success met by international title-holders was
                              even greater, with many of them returning home as celebrities and superstars.
                              "We consider it an achievement that we can help people to have more
                              opportunities in life. And some of them also come back to help us as
                              spokespersons, even buying the pageant license to organise it in their country and
                              help their fellow transgender people in the community."

                              From the day when people barely understood anything about transgender women,
                              the past two decades have seen the level of understanding and acceptance
                              improving immensely, according to Alisa, and Miss Tiffany's has done its part to
                              help.

                              "But while it gets better, it's still not in-depth. Not just for the general public but also
                              lawmakers who are behind on where the world is at. Thus, the necessary law took
                              forever to discuss and is unable to support the idea of equality," Alisa said.

                              For the past three years, the pageant has featured an accompanying TV reality
                              show that Alisa hopes will give more insights into the lives of transgender people.
                              "In a sense, our winners and contestants become idols for younger generations of
                              transgender women. So, it's up to us too to teach and train them for the right
                              direction. Our job, at times, is about human development as well. And the
                              competition is not just a fight about beauty, but also to survive in the real world."
                              As the first big stage to be open for transgender women when there was none,
                              Miss Tiffany's has since become a household name and a coveted title for many.
                              But today, transgender women also have more opportunities open to them. How is
                              Tiffany's faring in the days when society is more open and inclusive?

                              "We've been here for over 20 years and have developed a clear culture of our own.
                              We always tell the girls that when society opens, then be ready to grab
                              opportunities and move forward," she said. "I never compare us with any other
                              stages. Our purpose is to focus on opportunities and equality. That's our main
                              policy."

                              Alisa went on to say that she was glad to see both local and international femaleonly
                              competition started to include transgender women -- most notably in the Miss
                              Universe pageant last year.

                              "If a day comes when any country can send transgender women to compete [in
                              Miss Universe], I think that'd be so much fun. I would love to see that," she said. "I
                              think it's great they created this opportunity or else we'd feel there's no
                              improvement whatsoever in the things we try to accomplish. We are glad that
                              people are now seeing the same thing we've been seeing. It's something we take
                              pride in.

                              "One day, if we feel that we've changed society to the point where we really
                              achieve equality, then it won't even be necessary to organise Miss Tiffany's. It
                              would've served and achieved its purpose," said Alisa.
                              Ruetaipreeya Nuenglee, 27, has never been to any other pageants in her life. Miss
                              Tiffany's Universe 2019 was her first stage. When she was announced as the
                              winner last Saturday, she was both surprised and elated.

                              HOPES AND DREAMS OF A NEW
                              BEAUTY QUEEN
                              "It's been my dream since young to come here €” the only transgender pageant I
                              feel is sacred. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing that we have to be here for," said
                              Ruetaipreeya, who works as a showgirl. She was crowned by Kanwara Kaewjin,
                              last year's winner and first runner-up of Miss International Queen.
                              As the new title-holder, Ruetaipreeya said she wants to use this platform to be a
                              good example for others, to show that beauty is not just about outer appearances
                              but also comes from within.

                              Like other contestants, she voiced her concern over the lack of legal recognition
                              faced by transgender people in the country, hoping that one day the law would
                              allow transgender people to change their gender as in some other countries.
                              The beauty queen also said she is happy that some competitions, in both sports
                              events and pageants, now allow transgender and cisgender women to compete
                              with one another.

                              "It shows that the world does accept us more now. Before, transgender people
                              didn't even have a chance to go on TV. I can only hope that society continues to be
                              more open for us."

                              This year's runners-up are Thanyada Gunpaipuen, a 22-year-old student and
                              showgirl, and Patchara Sripattanakul, 25, a freelancer with a degree in business
                              management.

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