Miss Tiffany Universe: Public health student wins (photos, videos)

Miss Tiffany Universe: Public health student wins (photos, videos)

22-year-old public health student from Ayutthaya chosen from 30 contestants to represent Thailand at Miss International Queen, world's largest international transgender beauty pageant.

The winner and runners-up are pictured before the curtain closes. (Photos by Kitja Apichonrojarek)


Public health student crowned Miss Tiffany

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Sophida Siriwatananukul, 22, (nickname Nong Bai Mon), a student at the Rachapat University in Ayutthaya Province was crowned Miss Tiffany's Universe 2015, Thailand's largest transgender beauty pageant, in the beach resort city of Pattaya on Friday evening. (See Facebook page here and YouTube page here).

The 22-year-old public health student was chosen from a field of 30 contestants, and will represent Thailand at the Miss International Queen pageant later this year, the world's largest international transgender beauty pageant.

Pink bikinis were all the rage in the swimming suit contest.

The winner of the pageant won 120,000 Baht in cash, a new car and other prizes, totaling over 1 Million Baht.

The pageant is organised by Tiffany's Show, one of the largest transvestite cabaret shows in the country, located in Pattaya, 100 kilometres southwest of Bangkok.

An action-packed cabaret show, that Tiffany's is famous for, was part of the night's entertainment at the beauty pageant (See YouTube below)

The Miss Tiffany Universe contest was launched in 1998 in tandem with the government's Amazing Thailand Year, a publicity campaign that emphasised the country's unique tourist attractions.

It was also aimed at creating a positive image for transgender people, who struggle to find jobs outside of the entertainment and tourism industries.

Check out the fashion part of the pageant here (see one video clip below)

Contestant posing during the fashion part of the show.

Meet the contestants here (one popular contestant presented below)

The moment the winner was announced.

Being crowned.

Time for hugs.

Supporters unable to go inside the venue watch a TV screen at the theatre hall.



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  • action-packed: lots of action and things to see, not boring at all -
  • aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
  • all the rage: popular; a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • announce: to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc - ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ
  • beauty pageant: a competition to choose the most beautiful from a group of women - ประกวดนางงาม
  • cabaret: entertainment with singing and dancing that is performed in restaurants or clubs in the evening - ภัตตาคารขนาดใหญ่ที่มีดนตรีและการแสดง,การแสดงฟลอร์โชว์
  • campaign: a planned group of especially political, business or military activities which are intended to achieve a particular aim - การรณรงค์
  • cash: money - เงินสด
  • check out: look at something to see what it is and whether they are interested in it -
  • contest: a competition - การแข่งขัน
  • contestant: someone who competes in a contest - ผู้แข่งขัน
  • crown: to give someone the position of being a winner in a competition - ให้ตำแหน่งแชมป์
  • emphasise: to stress something such as an idea, fact or detail; to explain why something is important - เน้น
  • entertainment: fun; behaviour or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment - ความบันเทิง, ความสนุกสนาน
  • fashion: the newest clothes designed by fashion designers - เครื่องแต่งกายสมัยนิยม, แฟชั่น
  • field: competitors; people or organizations competing against each other -
  • hug: the action of putting your arms round someone to show your love or friendship - การกอด
  • image: an opinion that people have about someone or something - ภาพลักษณ์
  • in tandem with: together with, two things were done at the same time -
  • international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ
  • launch: starting something - การเริ่มต้น
  • located: where something is - ตั้งอยู่
  • moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
  • nickname: an informal name for someone or something, especially a name which you are called by your friends or family, usually based on your proper name or your character - ชื่อเล่น
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • pose: to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed - วางท่าถ่ายรูป
  • positive: good - ที่ดี
  • present (verb): to show - แสดง
  • prize: money or trophy given to someone who wins a competition - รางวัล
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • public health (noun): the health of all the people in a country, city or community and their health issues; also the name of a government department - การสาธารณสุข
  • publicity: attention in magazines, newspapers, or television - การเผยแพร่
  • represent: to act, speak or be present officially for another person or people - เป็นตัวแทน
  • struggle (verb): to try hard to do something that you find very difficult - พยายาม; ต่อสู้
  • supporter (noun): a person who helps and supports a person, organization or idea - ผู้สนับสนุน
  • tourist attraction: somewhere or something tourists can visit that is interesting or enjoyable - แหล่งท่องเที่ยว
  • transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth - คนข้ามเพศ, คนที่แสดงออก หรือแต่งกาย หรือผ่านการผ่าตัดเพื่อเปลี่ยนเป็นเพศตรงข้าม
  • transvestite: a person, especially a man, who enjoys dressing as a member of the opposite sex - คนที่แต่งตัว-, ประพฤติตัว-, มีบทบาททางเพศ-เหมือนคนเพศตรงข้าม; กระเทย
  • unique: very special, unusual or good - ที่มีลักษณะพิเศษ  เป็นเอกลักษณ์
  • venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่ที่จัดงาน
  • video clip (noun): a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ
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