Sign Up Here Login. Beauty contestant Ornnorm Ornchan gets made up backstage before the final of the annual Miss Tiffany's Universe transvestite contest in the beach resort town of Pattaya, May 2, The contest aims to promote a positive image of transvestites. Contestants pose backstage before the final event of the competition.
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By Emma Glanfield for MailOnline. Parading around in skimpy, sequinned bikinis with their hair perfectly coiffed and make-up carefully finished, these are this year's candidates of the world's most popular transgender beauty pageant. With around women applying from across Thailand, the Miss Tiffany's Universe event is more competitive than ever before and sees dozens of transgender women battle it out for the highly sought-after winner's crown. The competition, which started in and has run annually since , is broadcast live on Thai television, with the latest round seeing the contestants walk the catwalk in skimpy swimwear in Bangkok. Applicants to the pageant must be Thai transgender and aged between 18 and 25, although those under the age of 20 need parental permission to enter - not an easy task when many refuse to acknowledge their child's new identity.
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Snopes needs your help! Learn more. These pictures were taken at the Miss Asia Pageant, held in Hong Kong on 24 October , in which all the contestants were indeed women. The woman featured in most of the pictures is the winner , Lu Jingjing , a year-old college student from Hangzhou, China.
World"s most popular transgender beauty pageant has been running in Thailand since and annually since Miss Tiffany"s Universe sees about contestants aged between 18 and 25 enter in a bid to be crowned the winner Typical of other pageants, the women all battle it out and shimmy along the stage in swimsuit and ballgown rounds The winner is awarded a year"s salary in Thailand, a car - and acceptance from wider community, says organiser Beauty contestants prepare to walk the runway wearing swimwear during the Miss Tiffany"s Universe transvestite contest in Bangkok, Thailand. Pictured: Several candidates prepare with last minute touches before the catwalk It is a beauty pageant with a difference with all the women taking part being transgender, having undergone operations to become female With the beauties all being born male before making the transition to women, organisers of the competition hope it will help breakdown the stigma many of Thailand"s transgender community face on a daily basis. Pictured: Contestants in Bangkok yesterday The pageant has grown so much over the last decade that the final is now broadcast on national television each May to thousands of fans Miss Tiffany"s Universe was started in to help promote Thailand"s transgender community to the mainstream and has run annually every May since